Essay about Blindness And Identity Influence The Character Of Oedipus

835 Words Mar 26th, 2016 4 Pages
I chose to write my essay over how the theme topics of blindness and identity influence the character of Oedipus. Oedipus is a character that stands out to me because he is very wise, but takes a long time to solve his own “riddle”. Oedipus must solve the conflict given to him by Apollo, to break the curse on Thebes from the plague that could potentially wipe out the town. After reading this play I am shocked that Oedipus, a well-respected and known man, would have killed Laius, his father and previous ruler of Thebes. Throughout the play, Oedipus was blind to what he had done, blind to the truth of his identity, and even blinded of sight due to gouging out his own eyes.
Oedipus was a character of great respect and honor in the town of Thebes. This man was blind to his past by having no idea what he had done, or what had happened to the previous king of Thebes. Oedipus’s first priority was to ensure the safety of his people, and due to the devastating plague brought upon by Apollo, he made it his personal mission to put an end to the curse. Oedipus sent Creon, his brother-in-law, to go to the oracle to find out what he must do. When Creon returned, he instructed Oedipus that he must find Laius’s killer and bring forth justice to that person. “The God commanded clearly: let someone punish with force this dead man’s murderers,” (Sophocles 1.1.121). Knowing the brilliant and determined type of man Oedipus was, he accepted the challenge and swore to his people that justice…

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