Compare Oedipus The King And Allegory Of The Cave

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In Oedipus the King by Sophocles, Oedipus is ignorant to many things, for example, what his and his parents’ identities were and, therefore, he acts without full knowledge. His ignorance makes him act irrationally and without regard to his behavior. As the plot moves along, he becomes aware of those unknown details from before and meets his downfall. Likewise, Plato’s Allegory of the Cave also shows that ignorance can lead to blindness and ultimately to disaster. The main characters have grown up in a cave of darkness as prisoners and have only seen the shadows of the real world. One of the prisoners is released and gets to see the world for the first time. He does not understand the outside world because he had been in dark for so long and tries to tell the others about the outside world in the cave and they try to kill him. In Oedipus the King and Allegory of the Cave, the idea that ignorance leads to blindness from the truth is clear. When that truth is revealed, the character(s) who come to realization are struck by unfortunate consequences. In the beginning, Oedipus and the hostage are blind due to their ignorance and act without good reason. Oedipus is in the midst of arguing with Tiresias and accusing him of being blind while Tiresias states that Oedipus himself is blind. This can be seen by Tiresias’ words, “you’re blind to the corruption of your life, / to the house you live in, those you live with- / who are your parents?[...]” (471-73) Oedipus claims that
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