Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Oedipus and the Masses

I thought it was interesting how Oedipus wants the prophets words to be announced so publicly. When Creon comes to report the words of the oracle, Oedipus wants Creon to report in front of the priests, despite Creon's warnings. Then, Oedipus wants the prophet Tiresias to reveal the murderer in front of the masses. I think that if Oedipus had kept quiet about the murderer living in Thebes still, his downfall would not have been as huge as it ended up being. People would not have known that he was the root of all their problems and they might never know he married his own mother. Oedipus's desire to share his plans with the masses ends up contributing to his downfall. However, I don't think his philosophy was a fault. He just wanted to include the citizens in his efforts. It's more as though his tragic downfall came from misfortunes that happened to him coincidentally rather than from his own faults.

1 comment:

Tyler Dean said...

I remember reading something about this in the introduction thing. Part of Oedipus' tragic flaw is his pride and cockiness. It said something about how he possibly chose to hear it in the open because he wants to give a brave/heroic response to impress everyone. Instead of being careful as he should have, he lets his pride take power which, as you said, makes his downfall much more painful and public.