Sight And Blindness In Sophocles Oedipus The King

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The Greek playwright Sophocles is considered by many to be one of the best at his craft. However, only several complete plays of his still remain, all of which being considerably famous. One of Sophocles’ plays that is especially recognizable is the play Oedipus Rex, which is about the Theban king Oedipus and his downfall. Sophocles uses the motif of sight and blindness by highlighting Oedipus’ mental blindness to illustrate that ignorance causes misfortune not only to the oblivious person, but also to the people around them. The mental blindness of Oedipus from his lack of knowledge of his real parents and his anger causes the city of Thebes to suffer greatly. At the start of the play, the city of Thebes is in serious trouble, being “badly
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