Essay about Oedipus The King By Sophocles

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Without a doubt, truth and altruism are both noble and revered attributes. When combined, they have the ability to bring forth the champion in an individual who seeks to serve the betterment of society and aid those whose prosperity has been less than fruitful. In Greek society, there was perhaps no greater mark of a man than his ability to pursue truth at all costs and his display of altruistic intent. More specifically, during Greek antiquity, truth and altruism were heralded, displayed, and pursued; these three components created a core trilogy which emphasized an ideological way of life in Greek society. As in life, though, the end result of any given truth is not always clear at the onset; in turn, while most altruistic deeds might be acted upon with greater good in mind, the resultant accomplishments it can set forth may also have consequential implications that only become apparent after the fact. This was the case in the play Oedipus the King by Sophocles and he exhibited the implications of this trilogy of components through the character of Oedipus and the events that surrounded his life.
To begin with, the introduction by Robert Fagles for Oedipus the King emphasized that Greek society of ancient times held the belief that humankind had little control over their fate or free will; these driving forces of daily life were the domain of the Gods and they often exerted their control over mankind, most notably through prophetic allocution. That being said,…

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