The Metaphor Of Blindness Means The Loss Of Hope, Power, And Identity

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The metaphor of blindness means the loss of hope, power, and identity. In Sophocles’ play Oedipus Rex, the great and powerful king of Thebes, Oedipus becomes unaware and not serious of his deeds. He had murdered many people which makes him feel blind and lonely in society. He had lost the admiration of his people because of his cruel and unjust actions. After the death of his mother and wife, Jocasta, he had realized his truth, identity, and how his life is filled with darkness.
Oedipus had caused so much wrath to himself and all the other people in his society. He becomes blinded to the truth that he killed his father, King Laius, and anxious when Tiresias, Apollo 's servant, informs him his real identity and truth. Oedipus argues with Tiresias and is surprised when he finds out who his parents were from Tiresias. Tiresias says "So? I charge you, then, abide by the proclamation you have made: from this day forth, never speak again to these men or to me; you yourself are the pollution of this country." (Sophocles 19) In this quote, Tiresias is trying to show and express Oedipus 's real identity and truth. He becomes very angry and insolent with Oedipus. He thinks he is the evil in the society that is causing destruction and damage to the people. "I say you live in hideous shame with those most dear to you. You can not see the evil." (Sophocles 20) Tiresias states here how Oedipus is blind and not aware of his surroundings and actions. He says how he can’t see the evil in…

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