ReFramed: The Broken Shells

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Everyday I feel like I’m walking on broken, cracked eggs with specs of its outer layers scattered unanimously on the floor. I guess that just tells me that broken hearts cannot be fixed and repaired. I assume that everyone has made mistakes then they regret dearly. I know I certainly do.  Let me tell you a little story about a 10-year old little boy that thought he had everything.

He came from a quite adequate family. Whatever he needed, his parents had already provide him with and whenever he was sad, his sisters were there to comfort him. He wasn’t much of a social boy because he had everything he needed. He had quite a numerous amount of friends they were always there to support him. During the end of the school year, this boy made a silly mistake that to this day, he regrets.

He and his best friend (let’s say her name is Maria), would always share secrets with each other. They’d spend most of their time with each other playing jump-rope, hop-scotch- and tag. They were the best of friends. One day, the boy began to feel a tense vibe from his friend and he started feel the sense that she doesn’t want to be his friend anymore. He hears his other friends talking about Maria having a crush on someone. The boy then goes to Maria and asked her who she liked, but she refused to tell him. He felt hurt and angry and frustrated, like he was too good to deserve this treatment.He thought they they would share all their secrets together, since they were best friends. Eventually, he pieced puzzles together and found out who Maria liked. With hatred, anger, pride, and greed, he began posting the information of Maria’s personal secrets on the internet so now, the whole class knows. He didn’t realize that it was a terrible thing to do at the moment because he thought that since he was the best, he had more friends to rely on and he didn’t need Maria. Maria found out about this the next day and her heart was shattered and broken, just like an eggshell.

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again.

His back-up plan backfired. The boy began to possess a new title: The Boy that Cannot be Trusted. No one would talk to him anymore because they saw him as a dishonest boy with no morals. He was alone now, through the rest of the school year. This is one mistake that he regrets because he lost all the ones he loved. Now to say the least, this story is not made up; it’s actually true. I know this story as well as this little boy. The lesson is that it is important to not let anger and pride get in the way of one’s actions because it will trail onto many consequences.

In Sophicles’s “The Oedipus Cycle”, many tragic events happened in Oedipus’s life. His mistakes and blunders brought him into a state where he loses himself. He becomes so overwhelmed in pride and greed, that it soon envelopes him in a curtain of arrogance. He is blind because he cannot see true light. The prophet, Tieresias, tries to tell Oedipus that he is actually the blind one because he cannot see his own mistakes. It takes Oedipus into a stage of conceit and self-confidence. Because he is the “All-mighty” king, he thinks that everyone wants his power, even his good man, Creon. The story then reveals that Oedipus is actually the person that killed his own father, Laius, and slept with his own mother Iocaste. He, himself is actually the sinner and the guilty one, but because of his arrogance, he was unable to decipher his flaws. He then is exiled, and his children are taken away from him. That is his biggest regret and mistake. For what he have done, he accepted the consequences and Zeus made sure of that.

In Antigone, Creon is the ruler of Thebes now. Because he is the ruler, the “Pride-Plague” begins to envelope him. He is the king now and he feels that he could make any choices he wants. Oedipus’s two sons became involved in a deadly battle, each taking the life of the other. Creon believes that one son is better than the other. He gives the good son a nice burial and the bad son was tossed into the desert without a burial for dogs to consume and devour. His sister, Antigone, tries to bury him. Creon finds out about her plan because he forbid anyone to bury him. Creon, clouded with pride and arrogance, punished her. Because of this deed caused by the fact that he cannot see the innocence in Antigone’s heart, he loses all  the ones he loves forever.

Pride is considered a deadly sin for a reason. It makes them believe that they are above everyone else so they can make any decisions they want like lying and cheating. It leads to other sins and it can potential destroy one’s morality.

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4 thoughts on “ReFramed: The Broken Shells

  1. I thought this was very well written. It covers one of the many mistakes that humans make every single day and it reminds me that I should keep it in mind before executing my actions.

  2. I found your blog on the discussion for canvas, and I really like your blog so far!

    However, I feel like Oedipus shouldn’t be judge so harshly as he is here. I agree that Oedipus may have been a little too rash in accusing Creon of attempting to gain the throne, but Oedipus did not deserve the fate that he did. Was it arrogance that caused him to be abandoned as a child or bear the terrible news of the oracle? Oedipus can’t be blamed for not knowing immediately that he was the cause of the plague, because it wasn’t arrogance/pride that made him kill his father and sleep with his mother, it was simply bad fortune. Although I agree excessive arrogance/pride is bad, Oedipus should not be blamed for not knowing the unknowns.

    • Yes, you do have a point. I also wanted to emphasize on the topic that Creon is consumed by pride as well. It is his own fault that everyone died. I didn’t want to emphasize much on Oedipus because I understand that it is not his fault, but he DID have pride when talking to the blind prophet. He accused Creon of sending the blind prophet because he thought that Creon wanted his throne. In the end, Creon was the one with a malignant nature of pride.

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