The Theme Of Blindness In Oedipus The King

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Blindness in Oedipus The King After reading the play it is clear that there are few different themes, though the one which will be discussed in this essay is the theme of blindness. Blindness appears in all people; because there is not anyone who can predict his/her future or fate, even if they have the ability to "see’’. they tend avoid "seeing" the truth or trying to understand it clearly and perfectly with a way which the fate had choosen for them, this state can supported with a famous quote;"A blind man knows he cannot see and he that is blind in his understanding, which is the worst blindness of all, believes he sees as the best, and scorns a guide". Throughout the story Oedipus is "blind" by his inability to understand that the prophecy…show more content…
Actually figurative blindness can be harder to deal with then literal blindness. A person who is physically blind knows that he will probably be blind the rest of his life. He is aware of the fact that he cannot see the visual things, he accept this condition and learns to live with that. However, if a person is blind to a situation, there is nothing that person can do until they figure out the truth because they are do not even have the awareness of their disability. It creates more complex problems in ‘’real life’’ which can not be solved easily or maybe totally can not be solved just like it can not in the story. All of them find a way out accordingly. Oedipus learned the truth, his way of dealing with his figurative blindness was to blind himself. When Jocasta learned the truth, her way of dealing with her figurative blindness was to kill herself. In this play, in every situation, blindness led to the truth, and the truh led to the blindness. Oedipus, Teiresias, and Jocasta were all blind, yet all found the truth. Sophocles real aim was to show this contrast between blindness and the truth but also proved that they can both turn into each
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