Ignorance And Ignorance In Oedipus The King

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In Oedipus The King, Sophocles greatly stresses the point of ignorance versus knowledge through the tragedy of his main character, Oedipus. In his case, ignorance was blissful and brought prosperity, power, followers, and riches. However, when Oedipus was brought into knowledge, his entire world collapsed around him, and though he was brought into spiritual sight, he was pitched into physical darkness due to the grief that pushed him to destroy his own eyes. This begs the question, is the knowledge of truth worth the pain it may bring? In Oedipus’ case, it would seem that ignorance provided him a much better life. However, Sophocles uses Oedipus’ downfall to convey that to live in spiritual truth than to dwell in spiritual ignorance. It is better to live in truth and to have spiritual sight, than to live in spiritual darkness and ignorance, because while ignorance can be temporarily bliss it will ultimately bring about one’s downfall.

In the beginning of the story, ignorance is portrayed as bliss through Oedipus’ fame and lavish lifestyle. The extent of this is shown as Oedipus brags of his fame to his people when he presents himself at the start of the play saying, “Here I am myself-/ you all know me, the world knows my fame:/ I am Oedipus” (Lines 7-9). Although it is brought to the reader’s attention that there is a horrible plague and the people of Thebes, including Oedipus, are suffering in some way, this particular king is not
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