Oedipus Rex Moral or Murder? He forces the question of fate, of self determination, of questioning society and divinity itself. Some may say this was his fatal flaw, his resistance to the life laid out for him.
Many philosophers have chosen to highlight the importance of fate while many others, especially those with a scientific bent of mind, have chosen to ignore the role of fate. Many people, especially scientists, believe that fate is non-existent and that a man writes his won destiny.
They cite the lives of great men and women, who had defied fate and had made a name for themselves in the society. They believe that a person must use his skills and his resources and fight against all odds to become successful in life. On the other hand, those who support the existence of the entity called fate believe that human progress is pre-determined.
They believe that all the trials and tribulations that men face in this world is due to fate: They believe that successful people have become successful because fate had ordained them to be so. Without fate on their side they would have definitely failed.
They have numerous examples to cite wherein people failed in their endeavors without any apparent reason. People who seemed set to achieve their goals failed miserably without any explainable reason. It is worthwhile to have a discussion on the role of fate in our lives.
We will invite Oedipus, the tragic hero, whose life was a living hell A debate between oedipus and socrates of the effect of fate and Socrates, the all-time cynic who believed in the potential of man to rewrite fate even if it did exist. They will share the Dias and debate on this topic.
I believe that fate has a very profound effect on the life of people. I too in my younger days did not believe in the prophecy that surrounded my life and always believed that I could rewrite fate.
However the lessons of life have proved that man is not above fate and that his every action is guided and determined by fate [Sophocles] Socrates: There is nothing like fate my dear.
Fate is only an imaginary belief that society and culture has bestowed on us. If we look at the origin of humans, we cans see that there was nothing like fate. Man lived his life according to instincts and completed his life cycle as his instincts told him to do so.
When culture and civilizations made their mark in the world, they unfortunately also brought in a lot of limitation that has always strived to hold us back. Fate is one such belief that seeks to restrain us and keep us tied to what the society needs out of us. Sir, I beg to differ. The course of my life will always show you that I have lived all my life in fear of my fate.
At every turn of my life, I have tried to avoid the prophecy that always hung above my head. For example, I ran away from my foster parents during my childhood years fearing that the prophecy of killing my father and marrying my mother would become true. And look what happened.
Fate eventually took me to my parents and with the help of my ill-fated luck I fought and won against my own father whom I killed. Worse, fate made me marry my mother and mad me to beget my children from her. What other than fate could conquer the mighty Oedipus who had the world under his feet?
What would not have I conquered if there was nothing like fate? Why did fate make me commit the grossest sins in the world? Even after I committed those sins why did fate make those facts public to the world so that I and my mother had to burn ourselves in the fire of self-pity and humiliation?
It is true that you had a life full of misery and hardships that was compounded by the peculiar circumstances in your life. Indeed such circumstances would have put any self-respecting person to shame. But come to think of it.
It may be said that the entity that you call fate was nothing but a sequence of events that followed your mother's actions. Lord bless the poor soul, but it was her lack of independent and analytical thinking that created the circumstances that followed you in your life.
Imagine that your mother had not given you off to the shepherd in fear of the prophecy. That was the first big mistake that she did. If she had brought you up under her guidance I am sure that the fine man that you would grow into, would never have let the prophecy come true.Yet Socrates’ character hardly resembles Oedipus’s: where Oedipus is a king, Socrates is a private citizen, and where Oedipus is a man of aggressive will, tremendous energy, and tireless action, Socrates possesses a character of unparalleled equanimity, is deliberate and deliberative, contemplative and reflective, deeming it better to think.
Abstract. This paper explores the ways in which ancient poetry and philosophy address the question of whether human reason can ground the good human life by considering the similarities and differences between Sophocles’ Oedipus the . Philosophers such as Socrates opened rational debate on the nature of moral choices and the role of the gods in human affairs.
Slowly, the belief in a human being's ability to reason and to choose gained greater acceptance in a culture long devoted to the rituals of augury and prophecy.
As tragic and terrible as the story of the Oedipus. A Debate Between Oedipus And Socrates On The Role Of Fate. Background A very important debate that runs in our society is the role of fate in the life of a person.
Many philosophers have chosen to highlight the importance of fate while many others, especially those with a scientific bent of mind, have chosen to ignore the role of fate.
A Debate Between Oedipus and Socrates on the Role of Fate Background A very important debate that runs in our society is the role of fate in the life of a person. Many philosophers have chosen to highlight the importance of fate while many others, especially those with a scientific bent of mind, have chosen to ignore the role of fate.
Philosophers such as Socrates opened rational debate on the nature of moral choices and the role of the gods in human affairs. Slowly, the belief in a human being's ability to reason and to choose gained greater acceptance in a culture long devoted to the rituals of augury and prophecy.
As tragic and terrible as the story of the Oedipus.