The Quest For Knowledge In Oedipus Rex And A Doll House By Ibsen

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In Oedipus Rex by Sophocles and A Doll House by Ibsen, the characters that the authors develop have been accused of making impulsive decisions and being of unscrupulous character when it comes to their quest for knowledge. …show more content…
This can be surmised as her intent because she poses the largest debacle that can be seen throughout the story through her statement. The fact that she says “I can’t understand” alludes to the notion of knowing. She does not know about the laws, thus, she will make it her business to understand them and how they relate to the issues of morality. The issues of morality that she will most likely focus on are those that exist between men and women. This can be surmised because she specifically talks about her father and husband. These are two men in her life that it seems that she has a moral obligation to, yet, the laws do not condone that she assist in their …show more content…
However, what many fail to observe is that the characters are not acting impulsively. Rather, they are acting because they understand that the search for knowledge is an important factor in improving the lives of those that they care about. For example, Nora acts to improve the lives of her children, while Oedipus acts to alleviate the pain of the people. They also allow themselves to go through a process of self discovery. Nora wants to discover an opinion and Oedipus wants to discover his biological roots. Finally, they both act to reveal a greater truth. Oedipus reveals the truth that his wife is his mother and he killed his father, while Nora plans to understand the laws when it comes to legality and morality.

Works Cited
Dodds, E. R. “ On Misunderstanding the ‘Oedipus Rex’.” Greece and Rome (1966): 37-49. JSTOR. Web. 18 Apr. 2011.
Ibsen, Henrik. A Doll House. 1879. Literature: Approaches to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama. Ed. Robert DiYanni. 2nd ed. McGraw: Boston, 2008. 1105-53. Print.
Sophocles. Oedipus Rex. 430 B.C. Literature: Approaches to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama. Ed. Robert DiYanni. 2nd ed. McGraw: Boston, 2008. 959-98.Print.
Templeton, Joan. “The Doll House Backlash: Criticism, Feminism, and Ibsen.” Modern Language Association

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