For the past week I’ve been reading Oedipus at Colonus. Oedipus was traveling with his daughter as a guide because he is blind and they find a village named Colonus. The village didn’t want to accept Oedipus and his daughter because of what they have heard about his prophecy and the sins he committed. They are judging him by what they have heard which is Oedipus murdering his father and having children with his own mother. In reality, Oedipus did not know the man was his father and was unaware the woman he had children with at the time was his mother. All the things that had happened in his past led to these major crises, that he had a small amount of control over.
This whole situation reminds me of modern day life, in that, rumors are spread around all the time. There are people that the rumor is about, those that spread them, those that don’t believe them, and those that do believe them. I’ve never really been the type of person to believe rumors, in my opinion, “seeing is believing.” I also have never spread rumors because I definitely wouldn’t want that happening to me. Rumors, most of the time, give someone a bad reputation and for those people that do believe in everything they hear, will most likely grow to not like that person. Even though a person could be caring and respectable, the rumor that was spread about them can impact their reputation and ruin their chances of making new friends. So, Oedipus was affected by a village not wanting to accept him and modern day individuals are affected by others not accepting them. Something to take from Oedipus at Colonus is that the things you hear about someone don’t define who that person is. Even if you do believe the next rumor you hear, at least give the person a chance to prove it wrong and maybe ask for their side of the story.