Oedipus The Slaughter Of Those That Disagree Essay

1381 Words Nov 29th, 2015 6 Pages
Control. The power to influence or direct people 's behavior or the course of events. In the novel Oedipus Rex by Sophocles, a primary question that arises in the mind of readers is the scale of control one has on the actions of their lives. Aristotle believed human actions to be led by seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion or desire, of which three causes are not in the control of a being. For one, Sophocles explains the element of compulsion in relation to his pride. Correspondingly, his pride compels him to believe his decisions reasoned and rational, which is far from reality. Furthermore, habit, an unthinking action which is familiar further comments upon the limited personal choice in one’s life. For Oedipus, the slaughter of those that disagree is a common action; thus habit caused him to murder his father. Lastly, chance acts a cause which leads to undetermined actions, and transforms Oedipus into a tool of destiny utilised to slaughter his father, marry, and produce offsprings with his own mother. Thus, Sophocles, writer of the play Oedipus Rex comments upon the low magnitude of control an individual has on their lives. This is accomplished through the use of three causes that lead to all human actions, as stated by Aristotle, which restrict individual control upon life verdicts: chance, reason, nature and compulsions. Subsequently, Sophocles explains the eventuality of habit and how it directs Oedipus to a path of ill fatedness.…

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