Examples Of Blindness In Oedipus The King

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Blindness is defined as a failure to see the limits of a scene in the minor visible field. As in the play about Oedipus he was physically, emotionally and grievously blind. This analysis will take these types of blindness and dissect this great king. Let us take a look at Oedipus being physically blind, a blindness caused by Oedipus when he gouges out his eyes with his mother, Jocasta's broaches. After this act of blinding himself he then understands the injustices he had committed. He had been blinded to the truth his whole life. In the opening to the play, Oedipus speaks to the people of Thebes about the plague that has overcome the city. He says to them, “I would be blind to misery not to pity my people kneeling at my feet.” Emotionally when Oedipus speaks to Tiresias, he says, “Blind as you are, you can feel all the more what sickness haunts our city.” Oedipus admits that Tiresias is blind but he feels that the prophet can help overcome the plague brought on by Apollo. Tiresias then responds to Oedipus. He says, “How terrible - to see the truth when the truth…show more content…
He knows that his gift is true, but not wanting them to be. Oedipus will eventually blinded himself but he is being ignorant towards his own future. In response to the insults to Tiresias, he became more open about what he knows. He says, “You with your precious eyes, you're blind to the corruption of your life, to the house you live in, those who live with - who are your parents?” In reference to Oedipus, Tiresias says, “Blind who now has eyes, beggar who now is rich, he will grope his way toward a foreign soil, a stick tapping before him step by step.” Tiresias is referring to how Oedipus would eventually discover his past. He also says to him, “Go in and reflect on that, solve that. And if you find I've lied from this day onward call the prophet
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