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September 27, 2005

Common Feelings...

Sophocles, Oedipus the King (Finish) -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

OEDIPUS
O, I adjure you, hide me anywhere
Far from this land, or slay me straight, or cast me
Down to the depths of ocean out of sight.
Come hither, deign to touch an abject wretch;
Draw near and fear not; I myself must bear
The load of guilt that none but I can share.

How many times have we felt like this in our lives? When we do something, not always bad, that we regret, we want to be punished for it. We feel so bad that we'd likely punish ourselves more harshly than anyone else would. We feel that no one understands how we feel, like this has never happened to anyone else. Granted Oedipus has a rather unique situation, but I like this monologue. It does a very good job of expressing how he must feel.

Posted by CheraPupi at September 27, 2005 3:12 PM

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