Saturday, September 20, 2014

YOLO.....You Only Live Oedipus

I have been thinking a lot about the way that Oedipus lived and his attributes. Even though he jumped the gun many times on his suspicions, he was a man of action. Can't we all learn from Oedipus? Many times in our lives we are slow to process things and come up with solutions. We need to just do it without thinking necessarily of the consequences. Live in the now and not worry about the future. You may get more out of life than you would if you hesitated.


Tiffany Tavassoli said...

I think what Breuna talks about has a lot to do with our discussions on how Oedipus' qualities can be considered positive or negative ones. However, I don't think this idea just applies to Oedipus' qualities. Oedipus mentions to Creon how the second he feels someone planning behind his back or "creeping up on him" he must take action. I think this a potentially positive and negative quality that Oedipus possesses and that it explains Aristotle's description of a tragedy. Tragedy is supposed to imitation of reality according to Aristotle. Oedipus' actions that result from is positive/negative qualities show how in reality everyone possesses qualities that can be either be good or bad at certain times. Our actions based on these qualities reflect how tragedy is able to portray this idea.

Iris Mire said...

Tiffany's comment made me think about Oedipus's paranoia. Is paranoia, which typically has a negative connotation, a bad thing? Also, is paranoia necessary if fate is unavoidable?

Tiffany Tavassoli said...

I think that paranoia is a really good way to describe Oedipus, but I think that in Oedipus' case, paranoia would be more of a negative quality of his. Oedipus' paranoia causes him to act out of impulsiveness. The idea of acting quickly to make a decision can be a positive quality, but in Oedipus' case I don't think it would be because he deals to make informed decisions. He does not always act quickly and rationally, for he often acts without listening. Creon points this out when he uses logic to explain why he wouldn't want to betray Oedipus: "Not if you see things calmly, rationally, as I do...." I think here is an example of how Oedipus' paranoia is not a good thing. Creon points out indirectly by speaking of himself that Oedipus' paranoia causes him to act irrationally. I think the idea of rationalism and logic is something that is considered an admirable quality in Oedipus the King through Creon's character.