Oedipus & Job The Suffering Term Paper

Although he fled from the humble people whom he thought were his parents, after he heard of his destiny, it was to no avail. Thus, the play "Oedipus the King" suggests that even if one acts morally, the individual still will fulfill his or her destiny, because that is the nature of fate. Creon says to Oedipus at the play's beginning, "now the god's command is plain: / Punish his takers-off, whoe'er they be." Because of the suffering that was his unavoidable destiny, Oedipus must punish himself. He mutilates himself and ostracizes himself from Thebes, according to his own proclamation.

Job, like Oedipus, is not a witting criminal at the beginning of the Biblical book he bears his name. Job is prosperous and respected, like Oedipus, and a man who "was blameless and upright, one who...

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Thus, like Oedipus, Job begins his tale from a high social position, and unlike Oedipus, from a knowingly high moral position. But while Job is punished for no unjust act at all, and Oedipus is punished for an act he committed unwittingly, Job's suffering, unlike Oedipus, is instructive rather than horrifying.
One of the reasons for this, a reader might assert, is that Job is rewarded at the end of the text for not cursing God, and that Job does nothing wrong, by his will or the will of another. However, the main distinction between the two tales is that Job's suffering is instructive to the reader as an

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