Theme Of Blindness In Oedipus The King

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Appearance can be misleading, the obvious things we see are not always how things are in real. In Oedipus the King, Sophocle exposes the trick of nature which is "what we see is not what is intended to be" and which turned to be a situational irony in the play, Oedipus the king. Blindness is not only apply to people who are blind. We have people who have sight but are blind when it comes to the knowledge of the truth, including the truth hidden behind their whole life. This is the case for Oedipus. Oedipus, the main character of the play, is living in lies but he doesn 't even know until Theiresias, a blind man, reveals him the truth which due to is personal character refuses to accept until he becomes blind. This is from where the irony, blind but have sight, comes. Oedipus, King of Thebes, has sight but is blind to truth. Since he is born Oedipus was living in the lie. He never knew who were his real parents and what was the real story hidden behind his entire life until it was reavealed to him. Oedipus was born to be a king. Being a king in a certain way helped him discover the truth about his life. Thebes was suffering and Oedipus, as a king, was responsible of solving the problem to save his people from the burden they were carrying. Theiresias, the prophet, is then called to help solve the problem. The solution is given to Oedipus. Theiresias says the truth to Oedipus about his life, but he is malcontent of it and continue in his blindness, "I say that you have

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