Oedipus and Eventual Downfall Essay examples

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The dramatic purpose of the prologue is to place the audience I the middle of the action with as little friction as possible. All the information to continue and understand the play is placed at the beginning known as the prologue. It is much like the reverse scrolling at the beginning of star wars movies. Oedipus sees himself much like the parent of Thebes. He knows he has a natural benevolence in himself to be a good king and have general concern over the people of Thebes. He finds it to be his duty the care for the people when there is so much suffering in his country. His view is somewhat accurate in that he does care for the people of Thebes and it is out of the goodness of his heart but at the same
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While the two converse, Oedipus shows signs of great disbelief at the surprising prophecy. He is so headstrong in learning of his fate, but when his prognosis is less than ideal, he reacts in a very human manner. He may be somewhat stubborn in accepting his fate, but his outburst is understood. His reaction is not hated by the audience, because of this; Oedipus is more easily related in this scene. Who wouldn’t respond with disbelief upon being told such a prophecy?

On the surface it is clear who is blind and who is not. Oedipus has full capability of his eyesight while Teiresias is a blind old man who needs a young person to lead him everywhere. But the implications of that the ironies assert puts forth a situation of role reversal. Although Teiresias is a blind man, he is a prophet, capable of seeing what normal people with sight cannot. While Teiresias has a 20/20 view of the future, Oedipus might as well be staring at his own through a brick. He is incapable of viewing his own future. As a result the motif of vision plays a large part in the arguments in this dialogue. The two bicker over who has practical sight. Oedipus calls Teiresias a “sightless, witless, senseless, mad old man” while Teiresias retorts

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