Project #71124 - Compare and Contrast Oedipus, Macbeth and Candide

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Book: Oedipus, Macbeth and Candide

Topics:

Use the terminology particular to each group in order to reveal the unique perspectives on a ‘universal’ idea.

How determined is the future?: moira and tuche/ Christian free will/ tabula rasa

 

How to survive as a human: mortals and forces of nature/ varieties of man and nature/ apprehension is beyond humanity, but a measure of respite is possible

 

When a good intention causes harm: arête / ambition/ expediency

 

Fear or love as it guides reason: Ares’ curse and worshipping Ares/ “All is the fear and nothing is the love”/ the “Garden of Eden” (Westphalia) and notre jardin

 

Advisors: Teiresias/ witches/ philosophers, theologians, sailors, whores and servants

 

The Feminine: Jocasta/ Lady Macbeth and Lady Macduff/ Cunégonde

 

The Alternative: Creon/ Malcolm/ the dervish and the Turkish farmer

 

Food for thought:

The inscription above the Temple of Apollo at Delphi read: γνωθι σεαυτÏŒν (gno̱thi seaf̱tón). It might be argued that the characters Oedipus, Macbeth, and Candide were all convinced that they knew themselves and how to operate in the world. Yet, each follows a map that leads to misadventure. According to their paradigms, what is the scope of human possibility? How do the characters show their awareness of human possibility? How do they sabotage or rebel against the limits imposed by the thinking common to their time and place?

 

The works Oedipus Tyrannos, Macbeth and Candide, or Optimism are all named after their protagonist. Quote passages where the identity ofOedipus, Macbeth and Candide is evident in order to analyze how these characters represent what is possible within their conceptual worlds. These worlds are similar. How are they different?

 

 

One of the issues in Oedipus Tyrannos, Macbeth and Candide, or Optimism is morality. How do the paradigms direct characters’ discernment of the difference between right and wrong? What are the belief systems that determine a character’s behavior as good or evil? These definitions of ethics are similar, yet how are they conceived of differently?

Subject English
Due By (Pacific Time) 05/15/2015 06:30 pm
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