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The Theme Of The Truth In Oedipus The King

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Sophocles’ tragedy, Oedipus the King, stresses the idea of who is blind and who can see by demonstrating that one cannot simply just run away from their mistakes and issues. As the story unfolds, each character makes several attempts to hide from the truth. Though the foul truths may seem to be masked within the darkness, they are eventually brought into the light, shining over the devious lies placed before it. Nevertheless, the real question lies within whether or not the person receiving the truth can endure it. By coping with the truth, one sees, but by denying it, one stays blind. One way or another, however, problems arise, secrets come out, and chaos ensues because one cannot stay blinded from the truth forever. Rumor upon rumor, lie upon lie, truths are buried deep. Not everything that is heard should be believed. Thus, one should always consider all possible outcomes, for one wrong move can lead to the rise of a series of unsolvable problems. For example, the issues in Oedipus the King are introduced when Oedipus’s parents hide from the prophecy by attempting to kill Oedipus. Jocasta explains to Oedipus how the prophecy could never be fulfilled by justifying, “My son--- / he wasn't three days old and the boy's father / fastened his ankles, had a henchman fling him away / on a barren, trackless mountain.” (790-93). Though this reassures Oedipus, Jocasta and Laius cannot just simply prevent the prophecy from portraying truthfulness, for they are no match for destiny.
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