Essay on Oedipus Rex: The Search for Truth

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THESIS STATEMENT
Throughout Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex, Oedipus frantically searched for the truth, but due to his pride, remained blind to his own connection to the dire plague that infected Thebes.
PURPOSE STATEMENT
Through critical analysis of Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex, the work Oedipus Rex, and other research it is affirmed that Oedipus searched for the truth but due to his pride could not see his connection to the plague that infected Thebes.
INTRODUCTION
Everyone desires to know the truth. It provides peace of mind, reassurance, closure, and a knowledge of what actually matters and what is superficial. Without it, we cannot be sure of anything and we will live in true indecision. Naturally we strive to discover the truth and
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Oedipus’ hubris was most visible in his dealings with the other characters, especially the wise seer Teiresias. Oedipus insulted and ignored the prophet’s vision. He did not realize that he was dealing with a wise man who knew the truth that he desired. Because of his hubris, he remained innately blind. “It fulfills the prophesy of Teiresias that ‘He that came seeing, blind shall he go,’ clinching the ironic theme of the blind seer who could not and the King who would not, see” (Sewall 112). Oedipus was innately blind, his encounter with the outwardly blind Teiresias was used to contrast the characters. Oedipus was like any one of us, we frantically search to discover the truth but, because of a certain flaw, we remain blind to our own connection to the mystery.
TRAGIC SEARCH, CONTINUED BLINDNESS Oedipus was the son of King Laius and Queen Jocasta of the City of Thebes. Laius was cursed because of his transgressions. This curse stated that the son of Laius would kill him and marry his wife. When Oedipus was born, Laius ordered that his feet be scared and that he be taken to the mountainside and left to die hence the name Oedipus, “swollen feet.” Oedipus was saved by a herdsman and was raised by King Polybus of Corinth and his wife. The play began during the reign of King Oedipus in Thebes. Sophocles attempted to distance the audience from Oedipus’ murder of Laius on the highway by setting the play during

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