Oedipus Rex Analisys Essay

898 Words Feb 8th, 2008 4 Pages
In "Oedipus Rex", Sophocles portraits one of the most intriguing and fascinating traits of the human nature: the search for truth regarding who we are and the realization of the paths reserved by our future fate. The play starts with the presentation of the main character: Oedipus, the king of Thebes. Sophocles presents Oedipus to the reader as a majestic figure who addresses his attention to the people of Thebes from his palace. The city had been hit by a devastating plague due to Laïos (the previous Theban king) murder and Oedipus was believed to be able to help them overcome that hardship. As the play develops, the reader is provided with the fact that Laïos, Oedipus' biological father, and Iocastê, his biological mother, learned …show more content…
Oedipus is the key figure, the tragic hero who started the whole play at the moment he was born. As a tragic hero, he suffered and was doomed at the beginning of the play. The whole prophecy was fulfilled and he discovered his role in the prophecy through his own actions and his own inner wish of knowing who he really was, of discovering the truth about his origins and about the consequences of his actions. At the end of the play, his actions aroused sympathy in the audience due to his suffering and dooming. Oedipus experienced a remarkable and gradual process of unveiling his downfall which is one of the main characteristics of a tragic hero. His intelligence was also outlined when he solved the Sphinx's riddle. Tragic heroes must be intelligent.
Oedipus avidly seeks the truth, however, he fears it. He tries to blame Theiresias and Creon for the murder of Laïos, but, in fact, he knew he had played his role in it. Trying to blame others was a desperately cry for denial which represents not only an attempt of self-defense but also a search for comfort and protection from the hazards caused by the truth he knew was coming up.
The imagery of light and darkness during the play is very interesting and wisely expressed. The prophet Teiresias was literally blind and faced the physical darkness caused by his disability, however he was able to see Oedipus fate clearer than the king himself, who was not

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