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April 03, 2006

Marked for Greatness

Foster (selections) -- Jerz: Intro to Literary Study (EL150)

In literature, we understand that physical imperfections allow for deep analyzing to see what they really mean.
Like Foster says, Oedipus means wounded feet, which were damamged from the thong that was put through Achilles tendons when, as an infant, was sent away into the wilderness from the fear of the prophecy told to his parents, which in the end came true.
This scar Oedipus never really notices, but it marks him well in the beginning of the play. Because he never asked how he got it certainly marks his downfall of his greatness. This mark doesnt show his greatness but more of a downfall, even though Foster was trying to get the point across that most marks show life changes that turn for the better.
Yet, I think that the scar does show a life change of how he overcame being in the woods.
Another scar, or actually action is when he blinds himself. The irony to this is that Teirseias is blind and Oedipus keeps referring to his blindness, but what he really doesnt know is that he is blind to what the truth seeker is telling him, he really killed Laois, his father. Also he confesses of his blindness to the truth that was told to him by Teiresia at the end of the play.
This scar shows his stubbornness as well as his ability to show that he was wrong and that he should have believed in Teiresia all along.

I think that markings, like Foster says, can just be a plain old scar or what not, but there often is a reason behind most of the characters with certain physical deformities. This marks for greatness, or challenge, or theme help with every book, it adds more which causes the book to be better; well at least to me.

Posted by Denamarie at April 3, 2006 12:29 PM

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I think you're right. Physical markings really do show what a person has been through and kind of where they are going in life. It's almost like a sign in the middle of the road, saying "right this way!"

Posted by: Erin Waite at April 12, 2006 11:12 AM

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