Blindness And Ignorance In Oedipus Rex

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In the play, Oedipus Rex written by Sophocles, irony is a major literary devices used throughout. Although the audience already learned of Oedipus' ill fate, Oedipus continues on his journey to discover the truth as he is blind to the knowledge of his past. Through the use of irony, Sophocles exemplifies the major theme of blindness and ignorance in the face of the truth. In the beginning of the play, a blind old prophet named Tieresias come to have an audience with, Oedipus, the king who is in search of king Laius' murderer. As Tieresias finally speaks the truth that Oedipus is responsible for king Lauis' death, Oedipus quickly mocks Tieresias, calling him a "sightless, witless, senseless, mad old man" showing Oedipus' ignorance towards the
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