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Oedipus Being Blind Analysis

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Oedipus Tyrannus is a tragic play, written by Sophocles. The play pivots on the prophecy given to Oedipus about his fate; he will kill his father and marry his mother. Despite his strong will, Oedipus cannot escape his fate, and must, in the end, accept that what he has been running away from his whole life, has become true without him even noticing. The play is heartbreaking, a struggle to escape the fate that ends in exactly the opposite, but I will argue that it is also a warning that to live in reality, one must choose to suffer. It is a story of truth, and the struggle to reach divine knowledge, and reality. The messenger Tiresias, who finally tells Oedipus the truth that the prophecy has come true, is blind. Once Oedipus learns the truth of what he has done, he thrusts pins into his eyes and causes himself to become blind. I will argue that the parallel of Oedipus and Tiresias both becoming blind is a metaphor for our inability to see the truth with our eyes, that our senses deceive us, and that the only way to enter reality is to move beyond trusting our sense perception. Once the seed of doubt is planted in Oedipus’s mind that he may have tragically fulfilled his fate without noticing, he does everything he can to seek out the truth. This first seed of doubt is planted at the beginning of the play. The City of Thebes, which Oedipus is currently the king of, has been dominated by a plague, leaving all the fields and women barren, it is Oedipus’ job to save
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