Symbolism And Theme In Oedipus Rex

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Symbolism and Theme in Oedipus Rex Oedipus was a noble, royal king. Maybe his ignorance was brought upon him because of his power. “Confidence is ignorance. Eoin Colfer stated, “If you’re feeling overconfident, it’s because there’s something you don’t know” (goodreads). Oedipus was given the responsibility of killing King Laius’s murderer. He was so confident and sure he would find the killer. But that is where irony fell in place because the whole time Oedipus didn 't know that he was Laius’s murderer. A tragedy is a serious drama featuring a noble, dignified main character who strives to achieve something but ends up being defeated. Often the main character downfall is brought by his or her own flaw. The biggest example of ignorance in the world now can be defined as ‘turning a blind eye’ worldwide cancer is expected to rise by 70% over the next 20 years according to the World Health Organization. If more people today cared and opened an eye for this issue we’d find a cure sooner. But instead numbers are increasing more and more because of arrogance and ignorance. The various symbols throughout Oedipus Rex help to illustrate the theme that being sincerely ignorant can be very dangerous. In the play, Sophocles introduces that the scars on Oedipus’s feet torepresent the ignorance he had towards the people who could have potentially gave him answers. Jocasta says, “But his child had not been three days in the word before the king pierced the baby’s ankles” (Antistrophe 2.
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