Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Does Tomas compare to Oedipus as well?
After watching the movie today, I began to think does Tomas compare to Oedipus as well? We originally said that Oedipus compares to the Russians and Tereza. The Russians lead to the destruction of a city and Tereza abandons her family just like Oedipus. However, as I think more I think Tomas displays some of Oedipus's characteristics as well. For example, just as Oedipus has affairs with his family, Tomas is always having affairs as well. Tomas also has a need for control and power just like Oedipus. Tomas yearns to be in control of his life and his relationships. He feels free to have many relationships at one time and not commit to one person in order to live his "light" life. Oedipus thought he was doing what was best for Thebes when really he was causing pain for a lot of people. Tomas with his affairs hurts Tereza who genuinely loves him. Oedipus dies at the end of the play just like Tomas ends up dying. I found this comparison of the two interesting. What do you all think?