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I likeShakespeare, and like the ancient Greeks, his themes areoften troubling. gets much of its impactfrom its central question -- "Is life really a meaningless exercisein a dog-eat-dog world?" focuses on the phoninessand meanness of human society.

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This explains the nonsenseabout "tragic flaws" and "hybris".

Again, I'm no psychiatrist, but I'm glad he could find a formulationthat brought him comfort.Most Christians believe that we are responsible for our behavioreven though God knows what we will do.

If you want something nice,.What's here?

Then you will know you arepredestined for salvation."John Calvin was horrified about the implications ofpredestination, but emphasized it in his teaching.

Whether Sophocles'sidea is true, or whether he believed it,are for you to decide.

Soon Oedipus's smarts saved the town of Thebes, and he was made king.

The chorus, in a song, calls on the various gods (includingTriple Artemis, in her aspects as huntress, moon-goddess, andgoddess of dark sorcery), to save them from the plague and from theevil god Ares, who is ordinarily the god of war but is herethe god of general mass death.

The kindness he was shown at the end made the city itself blessed.

Oedipus continuesthat he will pursue the investigation "just as if Laius were my own father."(Irony.) The Chorus says that Apollo ought to come right out and saywho the murderer is.

Even if you try to thwart yourdestiny, you won't succeed!

(The Chorus's job is to say what ordinary peoplethink.) Oedipus says, "Nobody can make the gods do what they don't want to."The chorus suggests bringing in the blind psychic, Teiresias.

I can't see what kind of sense this makes.

Oedipus asks his help finding the killers,ending up by saying, "The greatest thing you can do with your lifeis to use all your special talents to help others unselfishly."Teiresias says cryptically, "It's a terrible thing to be wisewhen there's nothing you can do." (As A.A.

Commentators on Sophocles, beginning with Aristotle,have tried to cover over the obvious.

It may have beenintroduced to explain the hero's name.

Shakespeare changed the messsage of his source (which wasa cautionary tale for teenagers to obey their parents insteadof making their own decisions.)Young people should be allowed to choose their own husbands andwives.

An oracle prophesied that the boy would grow up andkill his father and marry his mother.

One day, after he had grown up, a drunkmentioned his being adopted.

At least in Newtonian physics, if you knoweverything about a closed system at one moment of time, you can predicteverything that will happen in the future.

In those days, it was usual to leavean unwanted or defective baby in the wilderness.

(None of this makes much sense.

Oedipus issues a policy statement, that whoever comes forward withinformation about the murder of Laius will be rewarded, and thatif the killer himself confesses, he will not be punished beyondhaving to leave the city permanently.