Oedipus The King, And Sir Conan Doyle Essay

2199 Words Nov 21st, 2016 9 Pages
In its most basic form, sight can be defined as the “perception of objects by use of the eyes.” When taken literally, sight is just that—physically seeing something with your eyes. While sight can indeed be taken literally, it can also encompass much more than simply “seeing” something. This distinction between the literal definition of sight and a deeper sense of sight can be found in the comparison between Sophocles’s Greek tragedy, Oedipus the King, and Sir Author Conan Doyle’s short story, “A Scandal in Bohemia.” Although these two classic works exhibit striking similarities because of their comparable emphases on sight and observation, upon further inspection, it is evident that this emphasis on sight is very different in each work, creating two distinctive plots. This difference is specifically apparent in that physical sight is not a measure of knowledge in the former, while it is not only crucial, but also must be taken to a higher level of analysis in order for the detective to draw conclusions in the latter.
Although the two works do exhibit more differences, there still exist quite a few significant similarities. In both works, this concept of sight is central to the main character’s choices and the means by which the plot unfolds. The importance of sight in Oedipus the King is evident from the very beginning of the tragedy. For example, in the opening scene when the Priest, surrounded by the impoverished citizens of Thebes addresses Oedipus, he uses the word…

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