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Mosby 1 Riley Mosby Dr. Atkins ENGW 105 18 12 January 2017 Survival Above All One of the most pondered questions throughout history has been what drives humanity? This topic is discussed in Sophocles' Oedipus Rex. This play tells the story of a man who tries to escape a prophecy which states that he would come to murder his father, the ki
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  Mosby 1 Riley MosbyDr. AtkinsENGW 105 1812 January 2017Surial Aboe All!ne o t#e $ost %on&ere& 'uestions t#rou(#out #istory #as been )*#at &ries #u$anity+) ,#is to%i- is &is-usse& in So%#o-les Oedipus Rex. ,#is %lay tells t#e story o a $an *#o tries to es-a%e a  %ro%#e-y *#i-# states t#at #e *oul& -o$e to $ur&er #is at#er/ t#e kin(/ an& #ae in-estuous relations *it# #is $ot#er/ t#e 'ueen/ but in &oin( so #e un*ittin(ly ensures t#at t#e %ro%#e-y is ul ille&. ike $any ot#er Greek tra(e&ies/ Oedipus Rex  $akes $any assertions about #u$anity. Oedipus Rex reeals t#at $an #as an innate sense o sel %reseration/ as seen t#rou(# t#e *or&s an& a-tions o Jo-asta an& aius/ ,iresias an& t#e s#e%#er&/ reon/ t#e -#orus/ an& !e&i%us.Jo-asta an& aius are t#e %arents o t#e titular -#ara-ter/ !e&i%us. ,#ou(# t#is a-t is not kno*n  by t#e -#ara-ters/ it is a%%arent to t#e rea&ers in a -ase o &ra$ati- irony. 3n t#eir yout#/ Jo-asta an& aiusare *arne& t#at t#eir son *oul& (ro* u% to $ur&er #is at#er. 3n an e ort to subert t#is %ro%#e-y/ t#ey aban&on t#eir son in t#e *il&erness an& leae #i$ or &ea&. ,#is *as an a-t o sel %reseration. ,#eir instin-t to lie *as so (reat t#at it oer-a$e any $aternal or %aternal instin-t to sae t#eir son. ,#e aban&on$ent o !e&i%us as a -#il& s#o*s t#at t#e %reseration o sel is $ore i$%ortant t#an t#e  %reseration o aius4 bloo&line. Een !e&i%us in-re&ulously asks/ 6er o*n -#il&/ #o* -oul& s#e+ 92:1;. Jo-asta &e$onstrates t#at s#e -ares -#ie ly or #ersel *#en s#e ur(es !e&i%us not to inesti(ate #is ori(ins. Jo-asta reali<es *#o s#e $arrie& *#en t#e $essen(er reeals *#o #e re-eie& t#e baby ro$ sayin(/ 6e -alle& #i$sel a serant o = i 3 re$e$ber ri(#tly>aius. 9Jo-asta turns s#ar%ly; 9221;. !e&i%us assu$es t#at s#e &oes not *ant to be &e$eane& *it# t#e kno*le&(e t#at s#e $arrie& a -o$$oner/ but in reality/ Jo-asta is as#a$e& o #er in-estuous relations *it# #er son. As a result o t#is  Mosby 2 s#a$e/ Jo-asta kno*s t#at s#e *ill be ostra-i<e& by so-iety an& -#ooses to #an( #ersel rat#er t#an &eal *it# t#e -onse'uen-es?strai(#t to #er roo$s s#e rus#e&/ lin(in( #ersel  a-ross t#e bri&albe&/ &oors sla$$in( be#in& #er> on-e insi&e/ s#e *aile& or aius/ &ea& so lon(/ re$e$berin( #o* s#e bore #is -#il& lon( a(o=!# #o* s#e *e%t/ $ournin( t#e $arria(ebe&*#ere s#e let loose t#at &ouble broo&>$onsters> #usban& by #er #usban&/ -#il&ren by #er -#il&. 92:@;!e&i%us4 %arents eel a (reater nee& to %rote-t t#eir o*n sel interests oer anyone else4s/ in-lu&in( t#eir -#il&4s interests.e ore t#e -on li-t o !e&i%us4 true i&entity arises/ t#ere is t#e -on li-t o t#e %unis#$ent o an unsole& $ur&er. Bin( aius *as su%%ose&ly $ur&ere& by a ban& o #i(#*ay$en/ an& until t#e $ur&erers are brou(#t to Custi-e/ t#e -ity o ,#ebes *ill su er. ,o (et ai& an& (ui&an-e in solin( aius4 $ur&er/ it is su((este& t#at !e&i%us talk *it# ,iresias/ a blin& %ro%#et. As a %ro%#et/ ,iresias kno*s t#at it *as !e&i%us *#o kille& aius/ t#us ul illin( t#e irst %art o #is %ro%#e-y. Rat#er t#an in-ur !e&i%us4 *rat# an& a-e banis#$ent/ ,iresias tries to #i&e t#e trut# ro$ !e&i%us. ,#is s#o*s ,iresias4 sel  %reseration. W#en aske& *#o aius4 $ur&erer is #e res%on&s?6o* terrible>to see t#e trut#*#en t#e trut# is t#e only %ain to #i$ *#o sees3 kne* it *ell/ but 3 %ut it ro$ $y $in&/else 3 neer *oul& #ae -o$e. 917@;  Mosby : 3n a si$ilar *ay/ t#e s#e%#er& also tries to s#iel& t#e trut# about !e&i%us4 ori(ins ro$ #i$ in an a-t o sel %reseration. W#en interro(ate& #e says/ No> (o&4s sake/ $aster/ no $ore 'uestion in a utile atte$%t to aoi& !e&i%us4 an(er 92:0;. ,iresias an& t#e s#e%#er& bot# try to -ir-u$ent t#e trut# to  %rote-t t#e$seles ro$ !e&i%us4 ury. reon is Jo-asta4s sister/ *#i-# $eans t#at #e is bot# !e&i%us4 un-le an& brot#erinla*. As  brot#er to t#e 'ueen/ reon #ol&s a (reat &eal o %oliti-al %o*er. 3n a it o %aranoia/ !e&i%us -onin-es #i$sel t#at reon is -ons%irin( *it# ,iresias to oert#ro* #i$. Rat#er t#an a-'uies-e an& sub$it #i$sel to !e&i%us4 Cu&($ent/ reon #eate&ly &e en&s #i$sel . ! t#e a--usation/ reon says6o* *ron( is it to take t#e (oo& or ba&/ %urely at ran&o$/ or take t#e ba& or (oo&.ut reCe-t a rien&/ a kins$an+ 3 *oul& as soontear out t#e li e *it#in us/ %ri-eless li e itsel . 91F;6e kno*s t#at to lose t#is ar(u$ent *oul& $ean #is &eat#/ an& een -o$$ents on t#e alue o li e. ,#is t#reat o &eat# is enou(# or reon to aban&on all royal &i(nity an& &e-oru$ to ar(ue in t#e streets in ront o t#e -#orus. W#en Jo-asta #ears o t#e i(#tin( s#e says/ 6ae you no sense+ oor $is(ui&e& $en/ su-# s#outin(>*#y t#is %ubli- outburst+ Aren4t you as#a$e& 91@;. ,#ese a-tions s#o* t#at $aintainin( #is li e an& status are $ore i$%ortant t#an #is re%utation. 3n t#e en& o t#e %lay *#en !e&i%us rea-#es or reon/ #e subtly ea&es #is (ras%/ alrea&y be(innin( to &istan-e #i$sel ro$ t#e ruine& kin(. !e&i%us says/ ro$ise $e/ noble reon/ tou-# $y #an& 9Rea-#in( to*ar& reon/ *#o &ra*s ba-k.; 92F;. 3n an a-t o sel %reseration/ reon re uses -onta-t *it# !e&i%us lest t#e -iti<ens inter%ret #is a-tions as or(ieness or t#e -ri$es -o$$itte&/ *#i-# *oul& ra$e reon as a *eak lea&er an& $ake #i$ sus-e%tible to t#reats.  Mosby F ,#e -#orus in Oedipus Rex   ul ills t#e tra&itional role o -#oruses in Greek tra(e&ies/ s#o*in( t#eo%inions o t#e -iti<ens o ,#ebes an& in luen-in( so$e -#ara-ter4s &e-isions. 3n t#e be(innin( o t#e  %lay/ t#e -#orus is ery loyal to !e&i%us be-ause #e broke t#e -urse o t#e S%#inH by solin( a ri&&le. ,#is loyalty re$ains stea& ast t#rou(#out t#e %lay until !e&i%us4 true i&entity is reeale&. Wit# !e&i%us4 tra(i- all/ so alls t#e -#orus4 loyalty to !e&i%us. ,#e -#orus kno*s it $ust -ut ties *it# !e&i%us or t#eir o*n %reseration. W#en !e&i%us be(s or &eat# so t#at #is loe& ones4 su erin( -oul& en&/ t#e -#orus says/ !# i only= *oul& to (o& 92F2;. ,#e -iti<ens reali<e t#at !e&i%us is no lon(er t#e (reat saior o t#e ,#ebes/ an& een be(in to la$ent #is eHisten-e be-ause o t#e e e-t it #a& on t#eir lies.Eery as%e-t o !e&i%us4 li e *as $otiate& by sel %reseration. 6is %arents aban&one& #i$ at  birt# or t#eir o*n %rote-tion. !e&i%us le& ro$ orint# so *oul& not -o$$it %atri-i&e an& be s#unne&  by so-iety. 6e een ar(ue& *it# reon an& ,iresias on sus%i-ion t#at t#ey *ere %lottin( a(ainst #i$. So%#o-les reiterates nu$erous ti$e in Oedipus Rex  t#at #u$anity #as an innate sense o sel %reserationt#at oerrules all ot#er so-ietal obli(ations.3 (enuinely #ae no -orre-tions.
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