The Responsibility Of Oedipus In Homer's The Odyssey

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The Odyssey was a great epic by Homer, it was a novel I could read for hours at a time. The book is pretty much the base of most western fiction. Some people think that if Ulysses would have just left his men or stayed with Circe or Calypso would have had a better outcome, if that did happen it would not be an entertaining story. He had a duty to his men and was a king, he has duties that a normal man does not therefore Ulysses could not do those things even if he wanted to. I found it interesting that the gods took so much interest in him compared to normal men. Odysseus met a significant number of beings such as Cyclops's, Nymphs, and Sirens and of course Scylla. These are all fictional but fascinating characters in their own light. So are …show more content…
Despite his bad temper he is a noble guy, for example when he learned he would kill his father and bed his mother he left his house believing he was protecting them, a noble act. He is also quite clever he answered a sphinx’s complex riddle; however he could not solve the seer’s very strait forward one, simply because he did not know himself. I felt he was also very arrogant, he believed he could possibly have done anything wrong. He could answer riddles that were about anything but himself, the seers riddles would have been solved instantaneously if it had not been for Oedipus’ pride. We can call him arrogant when calls Tiresias the blind prophet a liar and he does so publicly. He disregards Tiresias' special skills, social rank, prior good record, and advanced age. He acts badly, just because he does not like being accused of the killing of Theban King Laius. It took Tiresias to finally say “the killer is you!”, and Oedipus still didn’t believe him. Even when the evidence was overwhelming he still denied the killer was him, it took him summoning the servant that took him away telling him that his wife is his mom to finally accept it. In the end it was not fate that was his demise it was his pride and arrogance. I felt that this was a great story of how we need to “know thyself” as Socrates would say, and how we cannot let our pride blind us of the truth. It is one of those stories were the lesson is pretty clear to

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