Oedipus The King By Sophocles Essay example

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“Sometimes the blind can "see" more than the sighted”. Blindness is in all people, even if one has the ability to physically “see”. The blind may not have physical sight, but they have another kind of vision. Many people try to avoid “seeing” the truth in any way possible. “Oedipus the King” written by Sophocles was performed in 429 BC and is about the tragedy and irony of Oedipus’ life, having murdered his father and married his mother without any clue. The story focuses on Oedipus’ hubris and blindness making him unable to see the truth and although he tries, he is unable to change his fate. Oedipus chose to be blind to the truth about his past throughout the play, by accusing others for the crime of Laius, and denying the truth. His hubris and blindness show the irony and tragedy of the play because the audience knows the truth and constantly sees Oedipus denying it. Oedipus chooses to be blind to the truth about his life. The use of sight is ironic in the story because throughout the play Oedipus is figuratively blind to the truth and by the end of the play, Oedipus actually ends up blinding himself and is then physically blind.
Oedipus is blind to the fact that the fate he had tried so hard to deny, had come true without him knowing it. Oedipus, who is the murderer of Laius is unable to change his fate of killing his father and marrying his mother. Oedipus has been blinded to the truth his whole life and when he does find out the truth, he blinds himself. Jocasta was…

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