Theme Of Suffering In Oedipus The King

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In Oedipus the King, by Sophocles, suffering impacts the lives of Oedipus and other characters greatly. Characters like Oedipus and Jocasta avoid the truth and suffering that comes with it rather than facing it head on. Other characters such as Tiresias has already admitted to truth but tries to lessen the pain of others by taking the blow of the sharp truth. Either way, whether they know the truth or not, living a lie is much easier than suffering and that is why when the truth was revealed, they suffered by realizing the extent of the lie that they were living. While truth and suffering can be something that is harmful to one’s mentality, it creates a whole new mindset that can be rather beneficial in the future.
Jocasta and Oedipus both run away from the pain of suffering throughout the whole play, which in the end, made the truth of the prophecy more hurtful. Jocasta first avoids the truth when Oedipus reveals to her that Creon told Oedipus that he was the one who murdered King Laius. She doesn’t even consider the thought that Oedipus could be her son and she immediately jumps to conclusions. She questions the legitimacy of the prophecy, saying that “nothing human can penetrate the future”(201). However, as the truth nears her, she eventually starts to see the dangers and the consequences of suffering and begs Oedipus to stop looking for the murderer of King Laius. When she finally was told the truth, she makes the decision of killing herself because her dignity was
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