The Blind And Blindness In Oedipus The King By Sophocles
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 also blind since she didn 't know Oedipus was her son and when she found out the truth, she killed herself. Oedipus had no idea that his …show more content…
Oedipus was blind to the truth, and there was nothing he could about it until he learned the truth. When he did learn the truth, his way of dealing with it was to physically blind himself for being figuratively blind. When Jocasta learned the truth, her way of dealing with her figurative blindness was to kill herself. The audience sees that blindness led to the truth, and the truth led to blindness. In the story, Oedipus’ hubris and arrogance stop him from taking people 's advice over and over again, which shows that sometimes it 's better for one to just listen to others when they 're trying to help and open up their eyes. Oedipus is blind to the fact that the fate he had tried so hard to deny, had come true without him knowing it. Being blinded by the truth can only last to a certain extent, and for Oedipus the truth hits him after the Shepherd and Tiresias a physically blind man revealed his past. Oedipus is blind up until the point where the Shepherd clearly told him that he married his mother, killed his father. Up until then he was figuratively blind, and once finding out the truth he became physically blind. This play portrays the irony of Oedipus choosing to be blind on purpose and he is purposely not letting himself see the truth. He just needed to put the pieces together but instead he acted blind towards the truth. Sometimes one just need to open up their eyes and