Monday, September 13, 2010

Oedipus Rex

In Oedipus Rex, it would appear that a person’s identity is defined by fate because the prophecies were correct. But in reality it’s based on Oedipus’ reaction to a difficult situation. Even though he knew finding out who killed the king could give him great sorrow Oedipus persisted to find the truth. In his persistence to find the truth he shows a great amount of integrity because he did what was right even though it caused him great pain. He could have easily stopped the investigation of the death of the king but decided to continue with it for the good of his people. Oedipus’s actions in the difficult situation show that your identity is more about what you do with the cards you're dealt then the cards themselves.