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Oedipus Rex is a shocking tale that defines what Greek Mythology can offer. Usually, when we talk about Greek Mythology, we will be stumbling with theOedipus Rex is a shocking tale that defines what Greek Mythology can offer. Usually, when we talk about Greek Mythology, we will be stumbling with the protagonist psyche in a process of seeing it from king to a very low status, and this play is no exception. Just to make sure we are on the same page, lets talk about Greek Tragedy 101. The three elements that define the genre are: 1. Someone of high status brought on a low place by their actions. 2. The actions that ruin the main character don't have to be bad or evil, in Greek tragedy; characters are judge by their actions, not their intentions. 3. The main character of the tale upon becoming aware of his crimes is filled with violent, and impotent remorse. At the beginning of the play, we are immediately introduced to the conflict when the people of the city complain because a plague is killing the population, and ask for a solution to Oedipus. Oedipus, by being a well–intentioned king begins to respond to his people in need. Moreover, it seems bold to introduce the conflict in a early stage of the play. What we don't know yet is that this is just the introduction of the setting, making the plague just a part of the atmosphere. Next, we discover that a messenger gives more bad news to Oedipus, and the people around. Apparently, other messenger was sent to resolve, and warn about the plague were killed. This happened before the people started complaining; characterizing a little more the way Oedipus works as a king. By knowing this new events, the plot starts to focus more on who was the killer of the messenger. It seems a little odd that the conflict of the story becomes the who killed who case. Instead on focusing on how to get rid of the plague which can confuse, or discourage the reader since the plague stops being part of the plot. Next, we see that Oedipus becomes more introduced in solving the puzzle of who is the killer, and slowly corrupts his psyche by the sayings of the riddle predictions that a servant of Apollo tells to Oedipus. Furthermore, Oedipus being confused by his own desperation starts to blame his brother in law to be the killer, or at least the one who killed his messenger so Creon could get the throne of the king. This part of the play is when we start seen that Oedipus is losing it, and that he is not thinking rationally anymore. However, Creon being a smart speaker, and already in a high status responds with the reason of who would like to have the responsibility of a king when he can be already free, and without worries. Creon becomes a more static character when confronted towards Oedipus by standing his ground as already someone who feels relived of not being king. Finally, Oedipus by realizing that he is the son of his own wife by a series of unfortunate events, and seen his spouse/mother hanged by that same realization; he uses the pins of his mother to take out his eyes so he could stop seeing the reality, and blind himself as the prediction foretold. Therefore, with this tragic conclusion we see the dynamic characterization that end the tale of Oedipus from a king to a blinded conclusion which only fills with the requirements of what a Greek Tragedy is. Overall, we conclude with how Greek tragedies particularly end, however, the fact that the plague goes unresolved just provokes that craving, and states that something is still missing from this play. However, the fascinating road of Oedipus the king to a blind man is what gives value to the story. Therefore, even if Oedipus Rex doesn't tell a full tale, the characterization of Oedipus is able to tell us something about ourselves, and the way our pride, or ego are capable of harming us in a subconscious way....more
To See a World in a Grain of Sand, by William Blake.
***Spoiler Alert*** While people wonder, and ask questions to find some meaning to what faith or rTo See a World in a Grain of Sand, by William Blake.
***Spoiler Alert*** While people wonder, and ask questions to find some meaning to what faith or religion in general is... We forget the simple things in life that prove where actual answers can be found. Those things are not hard to find, neither have they had some actual value to get. They don't even symbolize some meaning that they may be supposed to have. Yet, why do these things exist? Water, sand, soil, plants, air, life. The fact that nature is present creates answers that don't really have a question since there is no need to ask. Because existence, and what life is cannot be interpreted in question, but as answer. The poem, "To See a World in a Grain of Sand" is a very, very short poem that will only take seconds to be read, yet, this poem points out what life is by seen a meaning beyond what nature could mean, making you reflect a new idea of what faith or belief could be. Moreover, the speakers talks about how he sees a higher meaning in little things, such as sand, "To see a World in a Grain of Sand" trying to create this idea of how a tiny grain of sand is compared to the whole world, a measurement of the size of the world with a grain of sand for scale. He speaks of, "And a Heaven in a Wild Flower" heaven being an idea of some kind of garden, by seen a flower, we can relate the little aspect that a flowers being in heaver; even if we are not in heaven, we are able to appreciate the little aspect of heaven by contemplating what flower is. And lastly, Blake talks about Infinity, and Eternity, "Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand And Eternity in an hour" which would mean the moment when a feeling is being created, which can only be represented as something that exist, yet since it is only a feeling; it exist, but in other place where time doesn't.
William Blake creates new emotions, and gives life to new glorious ideas that are simple, yet we make it complex. Therefore, this short poem resulted to be longer than short, but eternal. ...more
*************************SPOILER ALERT************************** Reading Kate Chopin's The Storm short story about adultery is that kind of roller coas*************************SPOILER ALERT************************** Reading Kate Chopin's The Storm short story about adultery is that kind of roller coaster ride in which you think there may be a chance of joy since you see people actually enjoying the bloody ride. Then, is your turn; realizing that you are not into this kind of fun at all, and you end up throwing up anyway. That's exactly what happen to me, when I ended reading The Storm... The story sets the mood with a storm that has provoked Calixta to wait for Bobint and Bibi which is her husband and their child that are far from home. Moreover, the storm needs to cease to let his husband return to their house, but Calixta's youth ex-boyfriend, Alce, has asked her the favor to let him be at her house while the storm ends. Alce, using perfect timing by been alone with Calixta, seduces her, and both have sex without any worries. The characters of the Bobint and Bibi do justice to what they are suppose to be with little text. However, Calixta, been the protagonist that feels that her life is just a routine,"Devoted as she was to her husband, their intimate conjugal life was something which she was more than willing to forego for a while" she becomes the kind of villain which the reader cannot feel any identification or chance of redemption for her since she had an affair because she was bored. Furthermore, while she was being seduced, Calixta didn't put any effort of abstinence or argument of if having an affair would affect her family and marriage. No, she just welcomed the action, "As she glanced up at him the fear in her liquid blue eyes had given place to a drowsy gleam that unconsciously betrayed a sensuous desire" making Alce been the one who provoked all this, Calixta was the one who ended it. After the sex, there was no remorse from Calixta and Alce which both are supposed to be marry, making the characters to lose any redeeming value; making this an adultery tale where everything is fine and dandy, and by giving the massage that having an affair could actually be fun and without consequence. This short story gives a wrong massage, and not even that "real life is like this massage" where there is actually intentions for awareness that even if adultery is wrong, maybe having an affair would be okay if there could be a conflict between husband of wife, but this short story misses in doing the right thing and ends with a "deal with it" kind of ending....more