The Theme Of Blindness In Oedipus Rex By Sophocles

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Too often in the search for the truth those who seek it are blinded by the delusion that they have found it. It is with this thought that humans as a species struggle to learn because if one believes that they have discovered the truth what is the point of learning? If one already knows the answer what is the purpose of studying? If the truth has been uncovered what is the rationale of exploration? This thought yields an environment unwilling to accept change, and those who repudiate change are those who will fail to evolve. This defensiveness and neglect of the drive for knowledge is the most prevalent and persisting wool over that coats the eyes of the people in this world. The only hope for the improvement and encouragement of humans’ ever-present need for truth are those who are willing to listen. Those who refuse to hear are those who are left in the dust of other’s discovery. This constant thought persists heavily throughout literature. In the Greek tragedy, Oedipus Rex by Sophocles the theme of knowledge woven into the concept of blindness is quite apparent and is expressed profoundly throughout the play in characters such as Queen Jocasta and Oedipus’ adoptive parents’ avoidance of the truth, in Tiresias the blind seer, and in Oedipus’ actions at the conclusion of the play.
Characters such as Queen Jocasta and
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Her attempts to shield herself from the revulsions she and her son have committed are desperate grasping for ignorance, for if no one else knew the truth then no one could be hurt by its repulsiveness. By attempting to silence the deafening sound of the horrific truth she blinded those who pursued it, fogging their minds with demands of the maintenance of their own obliviousness. What the Queen did not count on was that those who are most blind to the world are the most trusted with the

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