Blindness And Vision In Oedipus The King

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Oedipus the King is a tragedy that was written by Sophocles that emphasizes the irony of an irony of a man who was determined to trace down, expose and punish an assassin who in turn became him. Oedipus the King is also known as Oedipus Rex or Oedipus Tyrannus. The art is an Athenian play that was performed in ages approximated to be 429 BC. Oedipus the King would later in the play fulfill the prophecy that he would kill his father and later on marry his mother. There is a twist of an event in the play where Oedipus is looking for the murderer of his father to bring to a halt the series of plagues that are befalling Thebes but only to find he is in search of himself (Rado, 1956). After thing coming to light, Oedipus feel horrified about the…show more content…
He has been blinded to the truth ever since his whole life while Teiresias is blind and got no sight, but he is capable to see clearly the past, present and even the future (Rado, 1956). This brings the comparison between the physical sight and vision.
Blindness and vision are two different things as brought out clearly in the play. Knowledge is in no way attached to the physical sight as one can be able to see but they had no vision as in the case of Oedipus the King and Teiresias (Calame, 1996). Oedipus feels that Teiresias is inferior compared even to him and cannot cause any threat to him, however, much he has the sight advantage; he has no exposure to the knowledge which Teiresias has.
Having been given many hints in his life, Oedipus cannot detect and know the truth. He is blind, to the extent that he could not even understand his life and does not even want to accept his origin. In this way, we get to know the contrast between eyesight and insight (Calame, 1996). After Oedipus realizing and coming to know the truth, he gets out his eyes so as to have the vision (Calame, 1996). He removes his eyes so as not to see his children and siblings who would remind him of his actions. He claims that there is no pleasure in seeing when it’s all pain that one has to
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It's great ignorance to have physical sight when you are ultimately blinded by the truth that you cannot see as in the case of Oedipus. The king makes ironical statement to Teiresias of how he cannot be hurt by Teiresias (Calame, 1996). This later turn to Oedipus equating physical blinded to ignorance as he removes his eyes so as not to see his terrible actions.
The play displays Oedipus two encounters of blindness. The blindness of having the eyesight but cannot see and the blindness of poking his eyes so as not to see again the social evils that he had done (Calame, 1996). His metaphorical blindness came out of pride, ignorance and as a result of the people who knows the truth and hide it from him. The second bit of his blindness comes out of shame that makes him want to avoid seeing the cause of his actions.
Comparing Teiresias and Oedipus the King, Teiresias has the insight and knowledge when Oedipus has eyesight without knowledge that is termed as ignorance (Calame, 1996). Oedipus out of pride and ability to see feels that he knows the truth while he is far from the truth. Teiresias is blind but knows the truth of the past, present, and future of Oedipus. The reverse occurs when the truth is revealed, and Oedipus seeks blindness to hide away from the same truth he claimed to have been aware
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