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Mankind was born to improve and learned upon himself for thousands of years. In the analysis of the story Oedipus the king, Walter James Miller expressed his own feeling as which explains why Oedipus although is more than 2000 years ago still makes modern mankind moves and found themselves related to the story. The writer stated clearly that Oedipus was the man that he was 2000 years ago because he took full responsibilities of his own actions, he as Mankind simplified complex matters in his life, his greatest suffer is the older generation where youngsters are doing whatever it take to test out their power, and most importantly he as all men found out more about themselves by the action they took. Oedipus indeed had a life that no man would want to experience but his figure and what he had stand for made him the man who moves men today.Oedipus has fallen himself into many events that suffer his life terribly, buy in the end it is still him that took the full responsibilities. In the second paragraph of Walter's analysis, he took great consideration on Oedipus still took the responsibility for something that he did no intended to do: "his troubles have been caused by Laius and Jocasta's blind way of handling their problems, by the shepherd's failure to obey orders, by Polybus and Merope's unwillingness to tell him the truth. Yet Oedipus recognizes that each man is an embodiment of his own heritage and must accept the consequences of his own personality, even if he did not create that personality all by himself" (p 117). No such objects in this universe are entirely perfect, Mankind is one of them. According to the writer's words, Oedipus is not the person who should take the responsibility for what has happen. Oedipus took his care of his problems like a real man and this is the remarkably action that made him the moving man he is today. Like stated earlier, Mankind was born and raised all by him not to repeat his own problems but to improve upon it and Oedipus is doing exactly what a real man should be doing. Taking the responsibilities of his so-called own actions is not the only thing that resembles modern Mankind of a real figure, Oedipus still makes us move because of his ignorance on some of his actions, which Mankind still does.Mankind although is responsible for most of his actions he is still have ignorant on his actions. This is another reason why the author thinks that Oedipus is the figure that still inspires Mankind today. He has shown that: "We are all, at any time, liable to discover that we have oversimplified. We are all in danger of assuming that because we defeated one Sphinx, we can defeat all Sphinxes" (p 117). Oedipus in this analysis is the true role model of Mankind because the fact that Mankind is not perfect at all time and oversimplified matters and turn himself blind from things that should not be ignored. The fact that Oedipus overlooked matters didn't make him a bad or better person but I made him the figure of true...

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