Essay on Tragedy Vs. Free Will

1415 Words Jun 15th, 2015 6 Pages
People can often be “blinded” to the truth. The image of clear vision is used as a metaphor for knowledge and insight. In Sophocles’ tragic play which takes place in Ancient Greece, Oedipus The King, Tiresias, the blind prophet, although blind, he can see farther than others. Oedipus have been blinded to the truth his whole life and when he does find out the truth, he loses his physical vision. It is quite ironic actually. In addition, Sophocles also conveys the theme of fate vs. free will. The ancient Greeks believed that their gods can see the future and that certain people can access information. Humanity have questioned for years if people are truly responsible for their actions. In his play, Sophocles uses both symbolism and irony to convey his two themes of sight vs. blindness and fate vs. free will. The play starts off with Oedipus in front of a crowd of sorrowful children. He asks why the children are in such sorrow. The priest explains that the city of Thebes is in a wreck and how there is a plague upon them. Oedipus in return sends his brother-in-law, Creon, to seek advice from Apollo. Creon returns and tells Oedipus that the curse shall be lifted if the murderer of King Laius is found and prosecuted. King Laius was killed at a crossroads by Oedipus a few years back. Oedipus, however, did not know at that time that it was King Laius. Unaware that Oedipus is actually the murderer, he still goes out to try to find the person responsible. He comes across many…

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