This is an experimental blog based on the book Oedipus. The main goal is to understand the text better by analyzing the quotes and then apply different quotes that pertain to the same topic. (I plan to either expand on this blog in the future or make subsequent ones. And please leave your feedback or whatever you have in mind in the comments section below.)
The green light (I may blog about this in a future post) on the far end of the dock in The Great Gatsby applies to Oedipus’ situation. Although unlike Gatsby, Oedipus accepts his situation and the circumstances are very different, Antigone and the light (Daisy) are the reason the main characters keep moving forward in life. Gatsby sees the green light as a symbol of achieving his dreams of marrying Daisy, while Oedipus sees Antigone as his protector, a guidance, his light/eyes, and a way to find forgiveness and comfort in his life.
Oedipus at Colonus: Theseus- Lines 626-641
“Never, I tell you, I will never shrink
from a stranger, lost as you are now,
or fail to lend a hand to save a life.
I am only a man, well I know,
and I have no more power over tomorrow,
Oedipus, than you.”
In this instant, noble Theseus of Athens disregards his powerful position and reassures Oedipus that he is welcomed in Athens by stating that the position of any man is bound to change. However, the concept of being a mere mortal, a human, and that no one being superior to another, is the reasons he assists Oedipus. Theseus reasons that in a hierarchical society, anyone no matter how insignificant has the power to rise up and those with power have the potential to crash and burn.
“The great thing about fact-based decisions is that they overrule the hierarchy.” -Jeff Bezos (This quote doesn’t exactly describe Theseus’ line, however it does relate to the ways of society/hierarchy.)
Oedipus at Colonus- Scene IV page 127:
“Only leave us! Let us live here in peace!
Is this misfortune if it bring contentment?”
Oedipus’ contentment with his seemingly dreadful position reveals to the readers that he has already accepted his position in life. Despite the downs of his life, he continues to be grateful to his daughters Antigone and Ismene for staying by his side (although his sons have failed to even attempt to contact him) and the Athenians’ (led by Theseus) kindness, truthfulness, and sympathy to his situation. He recognizes that although his life has been tainted by misfortunes, what little protection and guidance Theseus, his daughters, and the Athenians have to offer are the most precious blessings.
A few quotes that mirror Oedipus’ current mindset include:
“It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.” -Dale Carnegie
“The greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances.” -Martha Washington
“Be content with what you have;
rejoice in the way things are.
When you realize there is nothing lacking,
the whole world belongs to you.” -Lao Tzu
“We often just accept the things that we like and complain a lot about the things that we don’t like. But if we could, like, intensely dwell on the really great things in life the way we intensely dwell on the negative things in life, I think that would be fantastic.” -Hank Green