Blindness In Oedipus The King

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Oedipus: The Angry Blind Man If I was told that my son would kill me and marry his mother, I would simply tell him to be careful and not kill me and do not marry your mother. However, in the myth of “Oedipus” by Sophocles, when it was determined by a prophecy that Oedipus will kill his father and marry his mother, Oedipus’ parents “had his feet pierced together behind his ankles and gave orders to abandon our child on a mountain, leave him there to die” (Thury, 329). Oedipus is an interesting character to analyze. He himself is the reason for his own downfall, not anyone else; his anger, his metaphorical blindness, and his pride all contribute to his sad and miserable ending of his rule and eventual banishment from his kingdom. It is well known that Oedipus has a bad temper that he cannot control. His anger was the…show more content…
When Oedipus inquires about Laios’ death, Jocasta says that “But Laios, from what we heard, was murdered by bandits from a foreign country, cut down at the crossroads” (Thury, 329). When Oedipus was travelling, unknown to him who it was, his fathers’ escort pushes him off the road and hits Oedipus in the head with a whip; if I was in Oedipus’ positon, I would be angry too but I wouldn’t kill anyone over it, especially if there was a prophecy that I would kill my father. After Jocasta tells Oedipus how her husband Laios died, Oedipus goes into a panicked frenzy trying to figure out what happened to Laios because he killed someone at a crossroads and wants to know if it is Laios or not. Because of his anger, he could not control himself and ends up murdering almost all of Laios’ escort in a fit of rage. Oedipus killing his father is an
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