The Question:

What impact does family have during the different stages of our lives?

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Crazy People

A violent separation and an intimate reuniting-not a “normal” family.

Reading Oedipus Rex put a spin on what I thought was the impact a family has on one’s life. I always thought there were different dynamics in different families and no, not all of them are good, but surely I had not thought of this as a possibility of family dynamics.

I believe a family is meant to build you up and make you into the person you are meant to be-not to the point where you are controlled by your family, but enough that you are willing to take their thoughts and considerations into account because you know they have your best interest in mind. Again, this thought process was turned upside down after reading Oedipus Rex.

This play puts a spin on everything I have ever thought about families and the impact they have on our lives. Families may not always treat each other very nicely-we all know that. There are different reasons for this, ranging from something like sibling rivalry all the way to abusive relationships inside a family, but never have I heard of a child, an infant even, being sent off and ordered to be killed. There is a possibility this has happened, but what I doubt even more is that that child was in fact not killed, and came back years later to marry his mother. Now, in the play this makes sense due to the prophecy, but this does not happen in real life!

The only conclusion I can draw is that this play, Oedipus Rex, does not answer my big question of what impact family has during the different stages of our lives.

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