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ERIC Number: ED264621
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Oct-12
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
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King Oedipus and the Problem Solving Process.
Borchardt, Donald A.
An analysis of the problem solving process reveals at least three options: (1) finding the cause, (2) solving the problem, and (3) anticipating potential problems. These methods may be illustrated by examining "Oedipus Tyrannus," a play in which a king attempts to deal with a problem that appears to be beyond his ability to solve, and applying problem solving strategies to Oedipus's problems. Since the problem in the play is that the Greek city state of Thebes is being punished for the unresolved murder of the former king, Oedipus must find the murderer in order to lift the punishment. An outline of the appropriate problem solving process includes identifying the problem, considering possible causes, gathering information, analyzing the information, and finally finding the murderer. In addition to providing a set of circumstances for solving problems by locating the cause, the play also raises questions about personal values. It may be that questioning societal values in which universal problems were confronted was more important to Sophocles than simply solving a problem in the course of the plot of the play. (DF)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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