Saturday, August 27, 2016

Oedipus Comple

I enjoyed discussing Tomas' comparison of the communist regime to Oedipus. Oedipus as a tragedy is very interesting. Oedipus as a character is forced to deal with the guilt of actions that's he was predestined for. While the communist regime was obviously not predestined to occupy Czecholslovakia, the two situations still parallel one another. The communist regime ruled over many people and destroyed all freedom of expression. Oedipus killed his father and then as King ruled over his people. The just like Oedipus, the communist regime committed horendous acts due to their ignorance. However, Tomas contrasts the two situations by pointing out that the communist regime feels no guilt for the otrocities they have committed and poses the important question:Does ignorance equal innocence?

1 comment:

Luke Jeanfreau said...

I think it's also important to look at how the communist regime reacts after making their mistakes. Oedipus actually holds himself accountable and gouges his eyes out and exiles himself. The communist just continues to oppress free thinkers and try to cover up the many atrocities they committed. Even if the communists do realize what they have done wrong, they fail to even attempt to make it right.