Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Where art thou Oedipus?

1. Well, when it comes to his own fate, Oedipus knew from very early on what is own fate was. The Oracle told him very clearly what he would do, he would kill his father and marry his mother. And it is no coincidence that both things occurred. Also, even though he is very intelligent he himself, forgets and dismisses the fact that he could of killed Laius, he brings his own downfall by choosing to ignore the possibility of him doing it. He goes mildly insane and starts blaming others because he never thought of himself as the murderer.

 2. First things first, he is an excellent, excellent leader. He is extremely intelligent, hes caring for his people and has a very good sense of the cause and effect of all his actions. Noticeably, during the plague, while snooping around trying to find the murderer, he consistently shows that the needs and wants of his people are not ignored by the search for the murderer. He is thoughtful and willing to listen to the citizens of Thebes. Where he falls short is his ignorance when it came to the Oracle and he being the murderer. He never listened to the Oracle, he could not put two and two together when he married Jocasta, and he goes crazy and starts accusing his best friend Creon. Overall he is a very good leader, but his few flaws proved to be fatal. 

 3. When the prophet Tiresias is brought it, Oedipus demands that he tell the truth but the prophet is unwilling and Oedipus is driven mad until the prophet tells him that he is the one who killed Laius. Oedipus' impatience is his downfall because he is filled with rage once he hears he did it and immediately disregards the information and begins his accusations of Creon and Tiresias. Tiresias is brought it from no where and forced to stand before this king, all the while he knows that he information he has would insult and infuriate the king, even though it was true. One can see this lack of patience again when Oedipus brutally tortures the Shepard until he tells him who his birth parents are. Oedipus does not want to wait on such topics, understandably, but he needed to understand these people's perspective about the gravity of the situation. 

4. At the end, when Burgess and Anderton confront each other, after Anderton shows the vision of Burgess committing the murder, Burgess runs into an impasse. He either kills Anderton, and goes to jail for life or does not kill him and the PreCrime division would be shut down. Burgess then explains that if one knows his or her future or "destiny" then he or she can change it. So in Minority Report and Oedipus, Oedipus knows what his fate will be, and does everything in his power to prevent it, and similarly the PreCrime division wants to know exactly what will happen, when and where, so they can stop it to help the greater good. Where they differ is that Oedipus wants to know his fate for his own good and sanity, while PreCrime wants to help out the world by putting criminals in jail before they can do harmful things.

5. The PreCogs: They are the actual ones who can see into the future, so their eyes represent, seeing into the future quite literally. They have the ability to see every event in the future before it happens, and they are the ones who are the key to PreCrime's success. John Anderton: His eyes are like the link between the PreCogs and real life. He cannot see into the future, but he acts out and stops events before they happen. He sees what will happen, then acts upon those visions and stops the crime. The culture: Society at this point seems to value eyes, because it has unquestionably made the area a safer place, evidence by the six year without crime.

6. Technology is advancing faster than anyone could of predicted. We've made mobile computers, electric cars, glasses with phones, etc. We've advanced in so many areas that many thought would take decades, like bending light to make items essentially invisible, cloning, guns, computers etc. Now a days, the things portrayed in the movie are not too far off, no longer are we making films about this crazy future that lies ahead, because most know that anything within the realm of possibilities could be reached by humans. In 44 years, I expect us to still be growing exponentially, and where we will have too many people with too few resources. And if we continue at this rate within the next 100 years or so, we will become extinct, or by 44 years we will have some sort of cataclysmic event that will drastically wipes out the population, because the human population always seems to have some sort of mass death event when we have a problem with population i.e. Black Death. Yet, on the bright side, seemingly after a massive event like a plague, comes a period of great innovation and culture i.e. Italian Renaissance. So in 44 years, I fully expect us all to be flying with cars, and taking trains that are as fast at light, but with the presence of a mass death lurking or starting already.

1 comment:

  1. Some good ideas here, but quote and explain the language of the text whenever you can.