socrates

Topics: Oedipus, Truth, Oedipus the King Pages: 3 (965 words) Published: November 24, 2014
ENGL 212
Fall 2014
Essay I
Disnerys Molina

Wisdom means being wise, intellectual, or all-knowing. It is associated with a certain calmness, and a willingness to look at all the facts and make a well-informed decision. In Oedipus the King by Sophocles and Apology by Socrates we see how wisdom isn’t in all entirety a positive thing to have. ‘’alas how terrible is wisdom when it brings no profit to the man that’s wise ‘’ – Oedipus, in this quote we see how Oedipus feels as if he has this wonderful wisdom but doesn’t know how to use it , he feels as if he is the wisest of them all but doesn’t know exactly what that means. Oedipus uses his supposed wisdom and reason to calculate his decisions such as whom to question or who to accuse. However, his calculations are not always correct. Oedipus seems to deviate from his reason at times. For instance, he wrongly accuses Creon of attempting to take his throne and Oedipus even to calls Tiresias ignorant and blind to the light of truth to which Oedipus is actually blind. The quest for Oedipus' identity is actually simple but Oedipus himself cannot see because of his clouded senses. However, Oedipus' hubris leads him to believe that his judgments are in fact correct and he continues blindly into a quest for knowledge which may not be beneficial. That his identity would cause him.

One of the biggest ironies in the play is that Oedipus himself is blind to accurate measurement and truth until he blinds himself. He expressed extremely sound judgment and measurement when he gouged out his own eyes. Oedipus compared the future pain his eyes would give him against the initial pain of the needle and made a justified decision and Oedipus seems content with his decision to wander the mountains. Oedipus had finally seen the light outside the cave, unfortunately, it would be too late to save Oedipus from disgrace. Socrates however recognizes that he is not a man of pure...
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