Oedipus Rex, The King, The Scarlet Letter, And Criminal Minds

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Throughout literary history the idea of justice has developed and morphed into something different in each era. Each literary era has their own morals and philosophies which is what creates their own unique idea of justice. Some methods that have been used throughout history was stoning, public humiliation, burning, battles, hangings, jail and many more. The concept of justice changes a lot between the Old English, Medieval, Renaissance, Romanticism, and Modern era. Some literary writings that show this difference is Oedipus Rex, The Divine Comedy: Inferno, The Quality of Mercy, The Scarlet Letter, and Criminal Minds.
Oedipus Rex is one of the oldest playwrights in Greek theater history. It was written around 429 BC (the Old English era) by Sophocles. The play is about how Oedipus killed his father, Laius, and married his mother, Jocasta. However the entire time Oedipus was unaware that it was his father he killed and his mother he married. When Oedipus found out in agony he says “How dreadful the knowledge of the truth can be…” (Sophocles). Once Jocasta found out was happened she believed that her only justice would be to hang herself. When Oedipus discovered that Jocasta killed herself overcome with guilty Oedipus believed the right thing to do was stab his eyes out. Shortly before he stabbed his eyes Oedipus said “How terrible-- to see the truth when the truth is only pain to him who sees!” (Sophocles). For greek tragedy plays it was very common for the main character

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