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Life is full of disastrous enormities According to Sophocles Oedipus Rex is a play that is about the redemption of evil and the limits fate bestows In class Dylan stated that the play uses extended metaphors relating to farming and harvesting as a way to connect with the audience of the time lines 1425 in a piece that speaks throughout the ages this notion helps me relate to Sophocles point while keeping me engaged Suzi and Jacob brought up that at a time with little special effects play writers would write what happens instead of showing it in this way Sophocles creates a shock-and-awe effect with his short passages and builds beauty and detail in the long To me this is why the play still connects with readers some two-thousand years later ie the farming references paint a clear picture Also in our discussion many inquired weather or not Sophocles is trying to make a political statement Alex thought that Sophocles seizes the opportunity to bring up new political points as a famous playwright seeing as his audience is unlikely to reject the unfamiliar ideas However according to Jennifer Sophocles was not trying to make a statement about society but rather to make a profile for the characters Sophocles addresses the idea that men have shared his mothers bed in dream though Oedipus considers the action of lying with close kin the most shameful act by men line 1008 129 With this in mind I can clearly see that according to the play inbreeding is wrongbut one cannot assess whether this is a character choice or a personal belief My gears turning with this new insight I wonder if both Alex and Jennifer are right did Sophocles create characters paralleling political figures and people of high status an act that would mock the hierarchy and expose the flaws of god-like figures in society
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