How Job differs from Greek Characters
Written By Ryan Conklin
Is suffering just and does the average man deserve the torment from their God(s)? I am going to investigate and observe any differences between Job and Oedipus when dealing with suffering. I believe these two characters are put into similar circumstances with both of these characters dealing with a deviation from the moral conception of punishment and reward. What I found interesting is that in both of these very different civilizations the question of unworthy and unjust faith had been questioned, regardless of the time period and the origin of the ethnicity. Suffering was given to both of these men and what I found was some similarities and some differences between these “innocent” men. Job is in search for the source of his misery and would allow him as an honest believer to call his miseries a divine punishment. Oedipus is looking for the murderer of Laius, which I believe to be an outlining guilt of his own and is in fact his own misery. They both reach the same conclusion at the end of their journeys that some things are beyond the reach of human beings. The differences are that Job’s search for truth pleases God, that his seeking for righteousness is just and noble. Oedipus on the other hand is destroyed by seeking truth, and he was not rewarded for seeking knowledge out of his realm. This leads me to believe that the Greeks are expressing that not only should man stay humble in the boundaries of his own given share, but also of his own given knowledge as well. The Hebraic culture is saying that you should always seek truth and righteousness for you will be rewarded not punished. One culture says to strive for more and on is saying to know your place and stay in it.
Oedipus’s conclusion at the end of the story is that Gods actually hate him and therefore gave him an abundance of curses. “ Apollo it...