William Shakespeare 's Oedipus, A Play Written By Sophocles

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Kayleigh De Koker
Mrs. Beckman
World Literature
21 November, 15
Blinded by the Truth

Oftentimes characters can see perfectly but are blind to the obvious truth; conversely, some characters are in fact blind but have the insight to see the greater truth. Authors sometimes convey dramatic irony through diction that symbolizes something to the audience. Oedipus, a play written by Sophocles, contains numerous accounts where the author uses words to convey a deeper truth about characters and their experiences. Sight, light, blindness, and darkness all have a literal meaning, but when placed into this play, with its intricate plot, they express the dramatic ironies that unfold between Oedipus and his past. Greek tragedies are known to use language that expresses the deeper truths about the to the audiences. Sight, the most common word used by play writers, brings about a whole new meaning to it rather that its normal literal meaning. “The impression of fear and pity may be produced by sight” (Richardson). At first glance this quote looks as if it is mainly speaking about the audience’s reaction of what they saw yet as people analyze this deeper, they arise at the realization that this is discussing how actors within a play are affected greatly by what they see. It can be taken both ways but in the case of this essay, the people that knew the truth of Oedipus’ past and the prophecy felt remorse and pity for him because for a man to endure such hardships yet be blind to the truth

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