First performed around 429 BC, Oedipus the King is part two of the trilogy play Oedipus Rex, written by Sophocles. It is a lively and riveting play with many of the scenes demonstrating character flaws relatable to the reader. The main character Oedipus is awash with excessive pride and anger. Blinded by his flaws, he creates an invariable static world within himself in which he cannot fathom the truth, fails to learn from his mistakes and eventually leads to his own destruction. The blindness Oedipus experienced throughout the plot was metaphorical.
In his conversation with Tiresias, he often makes fun of him for being blind: “...you are blind in mind and ears / as well as in your eyes” (371-2). But at the end, he blinds himself, thinking that it’s the best option. Tiresias, being blind, is able to see that Oedipus is unaware of his wrong doings and therefore blind in a different way: “You blame my temper but you do not see / your own that lives within you” (336-7). What makes Tiresias a prophet is that, since he is blind, he is not exposed to the real world, but since he is not dead he is not quite exposed to the dead world. He is
But then when William tries to bring back the truth, proctor hit him with the line “Aye, but we did not.” He will do anything to keep his problems undercover. Throughout the play things get worse and worse, finally proctor realizes that the only thing he can do is to
If he had just realized his mistake earlier on he would not have lost his loved ones. When Sophocles ended the play how he did, he purposefully left the audience with no closure. The audience is left with a Catharsis of pity. Creon experiences each stage that a tragic hero would. His fatal flaw is his inability to listen to anyone due to his hubris.
Because of Friar John, Romeo did not receive the letter telling him that Juliet was not actually dead. Since the Friar failed to complete his task, Romeo never knew and so he poisoned himself. “Unhappy fortune! By my brotherhood, The letter was not nice, but full of charge, Of dear import, and the neglecting it May do much danger.” (5.2.17-20) In this quote Friar Laurence explains to Friar John that he has brought danger to Romeo. This is evidence that Friar John, a minor character in the play, is partly responsible for the death of Romeo and Juliet but Friar Laurence is still to blame for not taking the letter himself.
Blindness or the lack of self-awareness seem to be a recurring theme in the story. Characters’ inability in seeing the truth often resulted in reprehensible decisions: Edmund’s perception of his life resulted in schemes that would eventually cause great strife in the story, the two fathers who are unable to see the true intentions of their children, paving the way for the events that make the play so tragic, and a man who was blinded by love, leaving his wife uncontested. Nonetheless, once these characters are able to see the world for what it is, they are able to relieve the tension of the ending through reconciliation and the implementation of justice where “The wheel [has] come full circle” (5.3.200). The two more prominent characters of the play, Lear and Gloucester, shows us the importance of humility. Lear is finally able to understand his circumstances when he finally detaches himself from his title and status.
But they are completely unaware that it is actually their free will and their own actions in which they are in control of. Though the characters in the play seem to believe and to be completely convinced that something greater, such as “fate,” is controlling them, they only choose to do so since they do not want to take responsibility for the actions they have done. Throughout the play, Shakespeare argues between fate and free will acting upon the characters. Early in the play, the chorus immediately introduces the readers to a pair of “star-crossed lovers,” who later take their lives as quoted in the Prologue. The role of fate in the play is described to the reader as a “greater power” that’s complied within the characters and that is out of their reach and already “written in the stars.” The characters in the play do not want to take responsibility for their own actions, blaming it on fate.
In act 2, scene 2, the second soliloquy is when Hamlet is alone before the play is about to take place. This is shown on page 22 line 508, “Now I am alone, oh what a rogue and peasant slave I am!” Hamlet is almost beating himself up mentally, he is just going crazy At this point Hamlet’s life is going down the toilet, and he isn’t sure what to do. Hamlet calls himself a coward and is really hard on himself. In the end he decides that he won’t be a coward anymore. Hamlet has not yet planned out a revenge yet, this is one of the reasons why he calls himself a coward.
In King Lear, blindness leads to tragedy. Characters endure the suffering by their blindness to the truth. Ironically, Lear has his vision but blind in his mind, Gloucester has physically blind but clear in his mind. Eventhough the characters have found their sight and able to see the the truth at the end of the play, but it is still too late for the happened
According to Shakespeare, blindness in this play reaches a meaning beyond the physical inability of the eye to see, but also is a mental flaw that affects multiple characters in the play. Gloucester suffered terrible consequences from this mental flaw. Ironically, Gloucester “stumbled” when he could physically see because although he could use his eyes, he couldn’t see the truth. When Gloucester loses his bodily capability to see, he comes to the realization that often times having something makes us spoiled and that our “defects prove our commodities.” Not having eyesight turned out to be advantageous for Gloucester and his relationship with Edgar. Gloucester uses this realization as a chance to apologize to Edgar for “thy abused father's
You can almost call Iago half a “motiveless malignity” because in the story he does do things to people that seems to just happen because of his true evil nature. At the same time he isn’t completely due to his plan for why he is doing this in the first place. The fact he also doesn’t reveal why he has went forth with his plan at the end is also a major point for this argument as well. People say Shakespeare wrote that because he wanted the audience to know that even Iago wouldn’t say why he did it because he doesn’t know why. He had no motive and just wanted to see Othello and everyone else around sink in complete and utter chaos.
He told her those things in a way that frightened her—that made it look as if I was some kind of cheap sharper. And the result was she hardly knew what she was saying’ ” (152). Gatsby takes the blame because he still believed that Daisy was going to leave Tom for him- he had visioned himself with this outcome for so long that it was hard to detach himself from this concept. In taking the blame in hopes for a future with Daisy and his accomplished dreams, he infuriates the wrong people who will then make sure that Gatsby never gets to see this dream even possibly come
Tiresias told Oedipus that he had come into Thebes with his sight but would leave Thebes without it. The physical blindness that Oedipus had also left him with wrongs of his life, with nothing to look at Oedipus was forced to think about his life, wrongdoings, and what had happened. Essentially he was forced to deal with it. The darkness that filled his eyes and the psychical pain he had inflicted
In the play Oedipus The King, Oedipus ran from his destiny, blinded by truth. The overall cause of Oedipus ' trragic downfall is his unwillingness to accept his “GOD” given fate. Therefore, Oedipus The King is an example of a tragic hero, in view of the fact that tragic events will happen if you don 't hark your destiny. At the end of the play, he was a blind man who hated himself for his evil deeds. For this reason Oedipus The King can be considered a tragic hero because he committed an action which ultimately