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"Book Of Job" And "Oedipus The King" By Robert Penn Warren.

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Robert Penn Warren: The Book of Job and Oedipus the KingA great man, by the name of Robert Penn Warren once said, "One of our deepest cravings is to find logic in experience, but in real life, how little of our experience comes to us in such manageable form. 'TELLING' is a way of groping of the logic of an event, and attempt to make the experience intellectually manageable. If a man who is in a state of blind outrage at his fate, can come to understand that the fate which had seemed random and gratuitous is really a result of his own previous behavior, or is a part of the general plan of life, his emotional response is modified by that intellectual comprehension." In this statement, Robert Warren is saying that whenever people find themselves in the worst of times, the first thing to take over is their emotions. After a person's emotional level has lowered, he starts to rationalize, and work through the problem, or problems he is experiencing. While people are working through their problems, they eventually see logic in why it has occurred to them, or they realize it has happened because of fate. This is a valid statement, when it comes to "The Book of Job" and Oedipus the King, because Job and Oedipus respond emotionally to the problem they are facing; they both try to rationalize and work through their problem, and in the end Job and Oedipus realize that everything has occurred because of fate.At the beginning of the story, both Job and Oedipus have a great emotional problem they must deal with. Job's problem is an emotional one, in which God is taking away everything he has. God has taken away all of Job's livestock, his home, and his family. Once Job realizes that everything he once had is gone, he begins to release emotionally by complaining and questioning his life. Job asks himself questions such as, "Why did my mother hold me on her knees? Why did she feed me at her breast?" (3:11). Job continues by saying, "If I had died then, I would be at rest now" (3:13). After Job's soliloquy, Job's friends step in to guide him and proceed to tell him things such as - the innocent don't suffer but the wicked do; God will not cast away the blameless, nor will He uphold the evildoers; and Job has received less than he deserves. Job, however, continues to complain, and he becomes emotionally drained.Oedipus, on the other hand, becomes emotionally charged over the prophecy, which says he will marry mother and kill his father. In Oedipus' emotional response he becomes disgusted that he has killed his father and has married his mother. Once he realizes the truth of the prophecy he says, "Light, let this be the last time I see you." (89). He then gouges out his eyes to declare that he knows exactly what he has done. In short, both Job and Oedipus come to an emotional response, when dealing with the circumstance they are in.Secondly, Job and Oedipus both rationalize and work through their situation to try...

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