Theme Of Ignorance In Oedipus The King

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Ignorance is safe in a multitude of ways and is pioneered in everyone, but when one substitutes ignorance for knowledge, pain and suffering often prevail as the punishment. This is shown throughout the tragedy of Oedipus the King. Because of the murder of king Lauis, Thebes is suffering, and Oedipus becomes prideful and tries to convince the townspeople that he will solve the mystery. So, after a heated argument with Creon and Tiresias, he decides to seek out the shepherd who witnessed the event. Not only does Oedipus gain the knowledge of the fact that he murdered Lauis, he uncovers that he is his wife’s son. As a result, he gouges his eyes out. The knowledge he gains is his ignorance lost, and he ends up suffering in the end. Therefore, the overarching theme of Oedipus the King is that ignorance is safer than knowledge because it shields people from the pain that comes with knowlege; however, its is only a temporary solace because obtaining knowledge is often done at the expense that the safety of ignorance brings. Ignorance shields people from pain and suffering because it creates a temporary solace. Oedipus at the start of the tragedy prides himself as the person who solved the Sphinx´s riddle and became king. But shortly after, a plague descends upon the people of Thebes. Oedipus then confronts his subjects and willfully curses the person who brought the plague to Thebes, which also happened to be the person that slayed King Lauis (previous king). But, Oedipus goes so
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