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Oedipus - diary entry from the viewpoint of the shepherd.

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Introduction

October 18 Dear Diary, Is there a lonelier Shepherd than I? I truly have nothing left to live for in my life of solidarity. I have broken the only promise that I have ever made to myself and I will surely be sent to the underworld for my actions. This knowledge was bestowed upon me for a reason, yet I failed to conceal the truth. Worst of all, I have released a terror upon our King of Thebes that is unimaginable to any man. Perhaps too much knowledge must always lead to one's downfall and fate must not be controlled. Most importantly, as Oedipus the King demonstrated oh too well, power knows how to corrupt and will capture any vulnerable man in its claws. Oedipus's determination for knowledge played a large role in his downfall. I begged the man not to pursue the truth for his own good. If given another opportunity, I would die before telling him about his past. It was the wrong thing to do and I failed our King. I do not deserve the pleasure of death for my sin; I deserve to be exiled to a life of solidarity. ...read more.

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The Gods split our paths and they were surely meant to meet again this very day. I still ponder whether I would have been able to change the oracle through my freewill. I believe that no matter what my actions were, fate would find its way to readjust itself in order to execute its destiny. Power is a terrible creature that will find its way to corrupt any man. It is a tricky little devil that can easily change a person. I have no desire to possess power in any form due to its inevitable downfall. Although Oedipus constantly sought after knowledge and wisdom, his greed for power denied him the opportunity. When his comrade Creon attempted to spread his wisdom, Oedipus rejected him as he thought the man was attempting to steal his power. One may say that Oedipus was already blinded by his power, even when he still had working eyes. He was truly a paradigm of arrogance and he was an unperceptive leader. Power blinded him both physically and metaphorically. In order for a leader to retain power, insight is the most important quality. ...read more.

Conclusion

struggled with this at some point in the play. The theme of power and what influences power was prominent throughout the piece as this is a major focus in our studies this year. Although other themes were used, power always seemed to be an underlying factor. Character development was a focus when writing the journal entry as I thought it would be interesting to understand the Shepherd's perspective on the situation. He evaluates not only his own situation, but also the feelings of Oedipus and what he may be experiencing. What lies next for the Shepherd is unknown even by him. I thought it would be effective to leave many of his questions not fully answered because they do not have a single correct answer. This is a parallel to the Shepherd's character, as it seems as though he is unsure with himself in many instances. The journal entry was effectively able to compare the main ideas portrayed in this epic play to the main focuses of our studies through the use of themes and character development. Sources: Sophocles. The Three Theban Plays: "Oedipus the King". Robert Fagles Translation. Viking Penguin Incorporated, United States of America. Shmoop Editorial Team. "Oedipus the King." Shmoop.com. Shmoop University Incorporated, Wednesday October 18, 2011 ...read more.

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