In tragedy story, ‘the other’ is to represent something that is somehow different from what is perceived as the authority of the source of power.’The other’ is a necessary character.Mostly, women are defined and judged by men, the dominant group, in relationship to themselves, so that they become ‘the other’. In Oedipus the King, Oedipus is the Thebes who unwittingly killed his father and got married with his mother. Homer related that Oedipus’s wife and mother hanged herself when the truth of their relationship became known, though Oedipus apparently continued to rule at Thebes until his death. In this essay, it will be explored ‘the other’ in the story.
To begin with, in the story, the most powerful and the weakness is Oedipus and his mother – Jocasta. Oedipus becomes king of Thebes before the action of Oedipus the King begins. He is renowned for his intelligence and his ability to solve riddles – he saved the city of Thebes and was made its king by solving the riddle of the Sphinx. To become the king of Thebes, that person need to have the power to fight with the Sphinx and Oedipus did it.He killed the Sphinx and became the king.
We can see that he has the power to make him become more strong and powerful and got the power to control in the city. When he grew up, he was taken from the house of Laius as a baby and left in the mountains with his feet bound together. On his way to Thebes, he killed his biological father. ”People of Thebes, my countrymen, look on Oedipus. He solved the famous riddle with brilliance, he rises to power, a man beyond all power. ”Because of his intelligence and powerful, it is an indisputable fact, as th claim that he ”rose to power”, to an enviable He has the way to kill the monster and even killed his father.To compared with, Jocasta, Oedipus’s wife and mother, and Creon’s sister.
Jocasta appears only in the final scenes of Oedipus of the King. In her first words, she attempts to make peace between Oedipus and Creon, pleading with Oedipus not to banish Creon. She is a typical good wife, she can comfort her husband and calmly tries to urge him to reject prophecies as false. She solves the riddle of Oedipus’s identity before Oedipus does, and she expressed her son and husband in her desire to protect him from this knowledge. In the story, one time, Thebes has plague, they believed that Theseus was angry so that Oedipus sent the citizen to fetch him, the Theseus said that they should find out that who killed the king in the past , who was Oedipus’s father. But this time, Jocasta tells Oedipus that that prophecies do not come true, and she uses the fact that an oracle incorrectly prophesied that Laius would be killed by his own son as evidence.
It illustrates that Jocasta ‘s mistake is like what Oedipus did.She confused conclusions and evidence. Sometimes Jocasta is criticized for her distrust of prophecies. Because Jocasta did not know that his prophecies already came true, she believed that her son to be dead and her husband to have been murdered by a band of thieves.
Jocasta has no reason to know that what she says is foolish, ironic and simply wrong. Jocasta doesn’t know that the prophecy came true, she believed her son to be dead and her husband to have been murdered by a band of thieves. This seemingly disproves the prophecy that said Laius would be die by his son’s hand. In the past of Ancient period, women is oppressed by men, they have to follow what their husband said and the instruction they have made. Jocasta is a famous in Greek myth as both the brother the mother and wife of Oedipus and the feminism seems to be a good idea, but not everything has been fine.In the feminism, the women have gain quality, they can have the same power as men and also they are able to participate in elections.
No one can races them and they are able to speak in public because in the past, they don’t really have the chance to express their feeling they can only oppressed by men.The most important thing is they can demand their rights.They can get what they want and the sexual is equal in this knowledge society.
On the other hand, they are still have some disadvantages in feminism, like Jocasta in the past. Some forms of feminism have been harmful in that they have built an ideological foundation that is anti-male. Also, ignore the fact that there may be deep seated structural causes of women’s oppression.To conclude, we can see that ‘the others’ is so crucial to a story like Oedipus the King and there is still have some conflicts about feminism in the past, especially Greek until now but it is changing and the feminism has been more and more valuable to people.