Comparing Othello And Oedipus The King

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Introduction Both Othello and Oedipus fall under the same category in literature and they share some common characteristics in that they were both respectable members of the society. They also have some disparity in the way they view life, though at the beginning they were both blind, their blindness was not of the same caliber or nature (Edmunds). Blindness is used as a simile reference throughout the work of Oedipus the King. It is used to refer to the sight of knowledge whereby Oedipus is blinded from the truth about his origin and crimes. His blindness is characterized by his reluctance to bring together two and two even when he clearly has the evidence in his disposal which translates to tragic conclusion of the play. At the start of the play, Oedipus, a character famed for his ability to see things clearly, he later discovers that all along he has been living in total blindness of failing to see things the way they really are. He discovers that he has been blind to many situations right under his nose but instead of accepting and change the situation, he decides to blind himself so as not to see the reality of the situations he have been living…show more content…
Iago is naturally jealous and blandish and when Othello learns about his character, it is until then that he starts suspecting about his own behavior and realizes he has been blinded by Iago’s characters though he was still reluctant to change his way of thinking. He sees many affairs and whenever there are none, he intrigues. The following speech was uttered after he discovered the truth, which was a clear indication of how bitter he was after finally being able to see things clearly. This brings one difference between Othello and Oedipus way of seeing

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