Oedipus Rex Summer Assignment

1 January 2017

Ashley Hinkle AP Literature Summer Assignment Oedipus Rex: 1. Oedipus probably didn’t deserve to have his eyes cut out and be taken from everything he loved. He didn’t know who his real parents were, therefore he was ignorant. If anything, it’s more likely the parents’ fault. They were so afraid of fate they got rid of their son, which ended up causing the events to happen. Oedipus was a jerk, but I don’t think he deserves to be punished the way he was. 2. The chorus is used to help tell the story and comment on the play’s action or foretell future events. 3.

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I believe fate is the same as predestination because both are in control and remove free will; however not all free will. Some of it is still left to be wielded by the person, but only for certain things. 4. His feet symbolize how he’s predetermined to suffer. They also are ironic because they are the final clue to his identity and he should have known about them. His mother should have even realized before it was too late. 5. Oedipus, even though he can see throughout most of the play, is blind to the prophet’s words of wisdom and warning, even to his own past.

Later, he becomes literally blind when he stabs his eyes out. 6. In telling the parents the prophecy, they made it happen. Maybe that’s the reason it’s a bad idea to know your own future- because that makes it possible. 7. An issue like this would probably be handled with disgust and more interest than it should. It would be mocked, but shown on television or spread through rumors rather than shunned and kept secret. In the play, it was more of a travesty than it is now.

I guess we sort of expect some screw ups to happen, but we want to be able to gawk at them when they do. Dante’s Inferno: 1. Virgil was picked to be the guide and mentor of Dante because he was a brilliant poet of his time and he wrote Aeneid- a poem which shows him as an adventurer, which makes him the perfect guide. Smart and brave- the two characteristics needed to make the perfect guide and mentor. 2. Beatrice is the person who calls Virgil and makes him save Dante by guiding him because she Loves him. 3.

He loses consciousness between levels because he gets so overwhelmed by the torment. He wasn’t used to seeing people being tortured. 4. The rivers and water separate the levels of hell and therefore the levels of sin. 5. The three major sections are there to show the differences in the sins of hell. First, there’s the incontinence sins, like lust, wrath, and gluttony. Then, there are the violence sins, like against others, themselves, and God. Finally, there are the Fraud sins, like hypocrites, thieves, and traitors. 6. There’s a leopard, lion, and she-wolf.

The leopard represents fraud. The lion represents pride. The she-wolf represents greed. 7. The allegory is about a person’s personal crises and their moments of weakness. It even could represent their descent into sin (which literally happens in the poem). Synthesizing: 1. In Oedipus Rex, the concept of fate is viewed as unstoppable, and free will plays little factor. Crime is punished severely, as shown by how he nearly kills the Sheppard for not telling him things right away, or stabbing his eyes out for fulfilling his prophecy.

In Dante’s Inferno, love isn’t stopped, even by death, as shown by Beatrice helping Dante due to her love for him. Punishment is served in response to the crime, like how the more horrible the sin, the farther into Hell the sinner was and the worse the torment was. In this, the characters seemed to have free will, enough to change. Otherwise, why would Dante have gone down there, if not to learn what not to do? Although, the sinners continue to tell Dante a prophecy, so he may have less free will than I thought. . Oedipus Rex is a tragedy because Oedipus is self- banished and the kingdom is taken over by Creon in the end, so the normality of the story is thrown off; whereas, in Dante’s Inferno Dante is returning to the real world, and leaving hell. So in Dante’s Inferno, the story returns to normal, and he learns. 3. The idea of fate vs. free will has resonated through time, and how crime is punished in different situations. And even how knowledge important and portrayed.

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