Monday, November 5, 2012

Oedipus Big Question:

The play Oedipus Rex provides a platform where one can base their quality as a leader. Oedipus sees himself more as a leader than a king which is both admirable and desirable in regards to men with power. How does he possess this quality though? Is it born or acquired over time? It is evident that in history there are two kinds of leaders we come across. The ones who take their peoples needs into first account and the ones whose own needs are their only focus. Humans are inherently selfish but do not always choose to act upon it. Oedipus is one of those people. He cares more for the well being and responsibility for his people than his own. Does this quality show up in those who have gone through the process of "growing up"? Is growing up based on the idea of compromise and selflessness? 

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Henry IV Part I Big Question:

In life, the concept of growing up is daunting and intimidating. The thought that we will change and transform into people who make decisions for our own, and other's, well being seems fleeting and unfathomable. Yet there comes a time where we stumble onto the road of maturation and are forced to make the choice to continue down it or stay in place and forever be stuck in a state of selfishness and immaturity. In Henry IV Part I Hal faces his own road when it is evident that he will become king one day and that his childish lifestyle of thievery and pub crawling must not be a part of his life as king. Does Hal take this road to better himself? And if he does, is he, in his own way, growing up?