Dramatic Irony In Sophocles 'Oedipus The King'

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11. How does Tiresias’ message foreshadow upcoming events? Tiresias predicted to Oedipus that he was going to be the siblings of his children and the mother of his wife. But Oedipus himself is blind even in his sightedness and that’s why he can’t see the truth. Also Tiresias told Oedipus that his perfect bright eyes would become dark just like his (Tiresias). This message foreshadows upcoming events because whatever Tiresias predicted to Oedipus, finally came through. “All unknowing you are the scourge of your own flesh and blood, the dead below the earth and the living here above, and the double lash of your mother and father’s curse will whip you from this land one day” (Sophocles 658).
12. What affect do Tiresias’s words have on Oedipus?
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Oedipus suspects that Tiresias may be disloyal to Thebes and himself. He felt insulted of Tiresias’ stubbornness.
“Enough! Such filth from him? Insufferable-what, still alive? Get out” (Sophocles 658).
13. How does Sophocles use dramatic irony in the exchange of words between Oedipus and Tiresias? Sophocles used dramatic irony in the exchange of words between Oedipus and Tiresias about blindness. Oedipus mocks Tiresias’ literal blindness. In turn Tiresias points out that Oedipus himself is blind even in his sightedness. And, in further paradox, when Oedipus is at last blinded, he will see the horrible truth of his situation. “You mock my blindness? Let me tell you this. You with your precious eyes, you’re blind to the corruption of your life……darkness shrouding your eyes that now can see the light!” (Sophocles 658).
14. What tragic flaw is introduced? How?
Oedipus’ tragic flaw is his excessive pride, which leads him to his downfall. When Tiresias tells Oedipus that he is King Laius’ killer and the source of the plague, he didn’t believe him and insulted him. He says “You have lost your power, stone-blind, stone-deaf-senses, eyes blind as stones!” (Sophocles 656). He refuses to believe that he is the source of his peoples’ troubles. He was so rude with

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