• Oedipus Sight And Blindness
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    Oedipus Rex is a play about the way we blind ourselves to painful truths that we can't bear to see. Physical sight and blindness are used throughout the play, often ironically, as a metaphor for mental sight and blindness. The play ends with the hero Oedipus literally blinding himself to avoid seeing the result of his terrible fate. But as the play demonstrates, Oedipus, the man who killed his father and impregnated his mother, has been blind all along, and is partly responsible for his own blin...
  • Creon And Oedipus Ruled Thebes
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    Creon and Oedipus What leads a great man to his downfall The answer is pride, or hubris. Pride crushes leaders, destroys cities, demolishes states, and annihilates countries. In the plays ANTIGONE and OEDIPUS THE KING, the same flaw crumbles the two leaders. The two kings of Thebes, Creon and Oedipus, come to their demise because of the same tragic flaw they share, pride. The two characters Creon and Oedipus share many similarities, such as their tragic flaw and their downfall due to their pride...
  • A Hopeless Fate Blindness In Oedipus
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    It was once said by Ralph Waldo Emmerson, Where there is no vision, a people perish. In Sophocles Greek tragedy, Oedipus Rex, the oracle advised Oedipus that he was to murder his father and marry his mother. As a result, Oedipus tried to change his fate. Oedipus, Jocasta, and Tiresias all demonstrated the concept of blindness in Oedipus Rex. Oedipus, king of Thebes, was immensely blind to his fate. After Oedipus was called a changeling by an old drunkard, he began to question his parents, Polypu...
  • Oedipus The King Tragedies
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    Elements of Tragedy in Oedipus Rex It is not the tragic subject matter of the text that is of primary interest - but rather the manner in which the plot is developed. The story line progresses as if the reader is 'unfeeling an onion.' The tale of King Oedipus is well known. An enraged Oedipus unknowingly slays his father (Laius, King of Thebes) and supplants him as monarch and as husband to his own mother (Queen Jocasta). As each successive 'layer of the onion' is unpeeled, Oedipus is brought a ...
  • Truth Tiresias Oedipus Odysseus
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    Sophocles' Oedipus the King and Homer's Odyssey both deal on the topic of truth. In both works the character Tiresias, a blind prophet, participates in the different journeys by revealing various truths to the main characters. While the main importance of Tiresias in The Odyssey is to show that truth can be helpful, his importance in Oedipus the King is to attempt to discourage Oedipus on his journey to find the truth because he knows the truth can be negative as well. The first thing that shoul...
  • Oedipus The King 2
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    The play begins with a request to Oedipus by the townspeople to rid Thebes of the plague, since he had so heroically solved the riddle of the Sphinx in the past. He sends Creon, his brother-in-law and uncle, to the oracles at Delphi. Creon returns with the cause for the plague; the murderer of the former King Laius was never punished for his crime. So Oedipus pledges himself to seek the killer and punish him as the gods wish. Oedipus summons the people of Thebes and demands that the killer, or ...
  • The Blindness In Oedipus Rex
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    The Blindness in Oedipus Rex In the play Oedipus Rex by Sophocles, the minor character of Tiresias is responsible for foreshadowing Oedipus' fate, developing the theme of blindness, and also illustrating dramatic irony. Tiresias is responsible for further developing the theme of blindness, by using his own physical blindness to reveal to Oedipus his mental blindness. Lastly, Tiresias is ultimately responsible for imposing dramatic irony because of his great knowledge of the truth of Oedipus. As ...
  • Oedipus The King Tiresias Fate Land
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    Oedipus the King Being born with a terrible prophecy, having parents send out for death, surviving death, living in a entirely lie, does it sounds like fate or is it made by decisions? In the play Oedipus the king there is a deliberation in whether Oedipus life is simply just fate with an incapacity to change it or if he chooses his fate by the choices and decisions he formulates. There is no right or wrong answer and in this case there is evidence supporting both fate and choice. Oedipus never ...
  • Oedipus Versus Creon Gods Tiresias King
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    Oedipus Versus Creon At first glance, Oedipus and Creon are two very different people. But as time progresses their personalities and even their fates grow more and more similar. In Sophocles's play "Oedipus the King", Oedipus and Creon are two completely opposite people. Oedipus is brash and thoughtless, whilst Creon is wise and prudent. In "Oedipus the King", Oedipus effectively portrays the idea of the classic "flawed hero." He becomes arrogant and brash. He accuses Creon and Tiresias of trea...
  • Oedipus Concepts Of Sight
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    The concept of sight is one of the major motifs throughout Sophocles' play Oedipus the King. The play revolves primarily around series of events caused by many people's insight or lack there of. Oedipus does not see that he is caught up in a web of cruel destiny that he can not escape. The gods demonstrate foresight and insight into the play. In addition to this, Tiresias has physical blindness but also has prophetic insight. Finally, both Oedipus and Jocasta portray types of mental blindness an...
  • Oedipus A Victim Of His Own Human Nature
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    What you don't know won't hurt you. This widely popular piece of advice directly applies to Oedipus. Unfortunately for Oedipus, he is incapable of following such advice. The story begins with the murder of Laius already in the past. As Oedipus learns of Laius's death, he pursues knowledge of the tragedy and tries to expose the murderer to no end. It is inevitable that Oedipus finds out that it was he who has killed Laius, his father. Oedipus is a man of swift action and great insight. At the op...
  • Oedipus Lightness Vs Dark
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    Light vs. Dark in Oedipus Throughout Oedipus the King, Sophocles employs one continuous metaphor: light vs. darkness, and sight vs. blindness. A reference to this metaphor occurs early in the play, when Oedipus falsely accuses Tiresias and Creon of conspiracy: Creon, the soul of trust, my loyal friend from the start steals against me... so hungry to overthrow me he sets this wizard on me, this scheming quack, this fortune-teller peddling lies, eyes peeled for his own profit-seer blind in his cr...
  • Oedipus 2 Blindness Tiresias
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    Oedipus the King and the Irony of Sight Throughout the play, Oedipus the King, Sophocles refers to site and blindness to relate attitudes and knowledge of the past. The irony of sight in this play can be marked by Oedipus' inability to realize that which is evident to the reader. His extreme pride is his tragic flaw. It blinds him from the truth. Oedipus blinding himself symbolizes his increase of knowledge, his sensitivity, and gives him the ability to finally 'see'. He is now able to see the ...
  • Oedipus The King Images Of Blindness
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    Oedipus the King has many images of blindness, both physical and blindness of the mind. The characters surrounding these images are Oedipus and Tiresias the prophet. When the play begins Oedipus has vision and Tiresias cannot see, but by the end of the play, it is clear who can really see and who is blind. When Oedipus first encounters Tiresias, the blind prophet proceeds to tell Oedipus after much pressure that Oedipus is the one who has brought the great plague down upon Thebes and that he is ...
  • Oedipus Sight Verses Blindness
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    'edipus~Many times humans do things that contradict another thing they do. An example of this is one thing may be good but also bad at the same time. A person who has done this more then once is Oedipus in the writer Sophocles plays. Sophocles uses imagery like light verses darkness, knowledge verses ignorance and sight verses blindness. Oedipus is very knowledgeable during the play and at some times still extremely ignorant. He doesn't always put pieces together. When they are right in front o...
  • Sophocles Oedipus Rex Life Tiresias
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    Throughout history there have been some astonishing Greek plays. Some plays were more comedic in nature, so were romance plays and then there were some that were tragic plays. One of the greatest Greek tragedy plays ever written was Oedipus the King. Brilliantly conceived and written, Oedipus the King dramatizes the self-discovery and tragic downfall of Oedipus, the King of Thebes. It tells the story about a young Greek who was fated to murder his father, marry his mother, and in the process be...
  • Excessive Pride Oedipus Tiresias Madness
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    According to Aristotle's Poetics, a tragic hero can be hindered by hamartia which leads to his downfall. In Oedipus the King, a tragic play written by Sophocles shows King Oedipus as having many flaws that fall under the umbrella of hamartia including: stubbornness, madnness, and pride that soon lead to his utimate demise. Oedipus brandishes an attitude of stubbornness throughout the play. Oedipus's tubbornness is revealed early in the play when Tiresias, a prophet of Apollo, advises Oedipus to ...
  • Sight And Blind Oedipus Tiresias Jocasta
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    In our everyday life people make choices, these choices either have a negative consequence or a positive one. Base on our free will we choose to do as we please. Example, some of us when we are young we aspire to be nurses, doctors or whatever the case may be. Sometimes we are encouraged to make the choices that will lead us into those careers or sometimes at the very last minute we choose to back out. All in all we exercise free will, which leads us to make those choices. Whether or not it is ...
  • Quick To Anger Is A Human Flaw
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    The protagonist, in a tragedy, according to Aristotle must have a human flaw in order to bring about hamartia and a full catharsis of emotion. In "Oedipus the king," by Sophocles, Oedipus' flaw is that he is a character who becomes angered easily. He first becomes impatient and hot headed with the blind prophet, Tiresias, and accuses him of not telling the truth. Next he believes that his brother in law, Creon, has plotted with Tiresias, in order to accuse Oedipus for the murder of King Laius. ...
  • Avoidance Of Prophecy Oedipus Laius Son
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    Avoidance Of Prophecy In Oedipus Rex Essay, Avoidance Of Prophecy In Oedipus Rex Oedipus Rex illustrates the Greek concept that trying to circumvent prophets? predictions is futile. The play includes three main prophecies: the one made to Laius concerning his death by the hands of his son, a similar one directed to Oedipus, and one made by Tiresias foretelling Oedipus? discovery of the murderer? s identity. Both recipients of these oracles attempt to avoid their destinies, but both wind up follo...