Exploration of the Theme of Order and Justice in Classical Literature

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The question of the existence of a world order or an all-powerful force in the universe exacting justice upon violators of the world’s order is a common theme among the works of classical literature we have studied in class. This essay will explore the answer to this question from within the context of three works of classical literature. In the Old Testament the order that is imposed upon the world is scripted, regulated and …

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…discovered to have come true Jocasta and Oedipus both go mad, Jocasta commits suicide, and Oedipus puts out his eyes. These were the consequences of violating the order of the world. In all three of these examples from classical literature, the case is made that there is a definite order in the world. This source of this order is explained in different ways in all three, and justice always comes when someone violates these rules.