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OEDIPUS THE KING by Sophocles - Part 1 of 2
Why does Oedipus blind himself?
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Oedipus blinds himself because he cannot stand the sight of Jocosta hanging and the fact that he has indeed slept and have children with his own mother. In my opinion this an act of weakness because Oedipus decides not to face what has happen; by blinding himself he is forced to not see what is infront of him i. Oedipus asks Creon to drive him out of Thebes because he doesnt want others to see him suffering. In my opinion his suffering is derserved because at the beginning of the story Oedipus put himself on a very high pedestal, comparing himself to the gods. One can say his arrogance may have determined his fate.
A boy leads in the blind prophet Tiresias. Puzzled at first, then angry, Oedipus insists that Tiresias tell Thebes what he knows. Provoked by the anger and insults of Oedipus, Tiresias begins to hint at his knowledge. Finally, when Oedipus furiously accuses Tiresias of the murder, Tiresias tells Oedipus that Oedipus himself is the curse. Oedipus dares Tiresias to say it again, and so Tiresias calls Oedipus the murderer. Driven into a fury by the accusation, Oedipus proceeds to concoct a story that Creon and Tiresias are conspiring to overthrow him.
Sophocles, in his work Oedipus Rex, establishes a view that gives fate, which is created by the gods, a seemingly inescapable characteristic over man. In Sophocles world, eyes play a big part in society, as the theme of vision invites the audience to look at the action with a double perspective, through own eyes and through the eyes of those on stage Mastronarde pp. Considering eyes as an essential piece, it places them as a motif of the play.
Jocasta is not a sympathetic character. She seems to know more than she is willing to admit. That she understands enough to discourage Oedipus from inquiring further into his own background is a bad reflection upon her and her motivations. In fact, around line , she says, "do not worry you will wed your mother, for many mortals already have lain with their mothers in dreams. No, I don't feel both pity and terror at Oedipus's fate at the end of the play. I believe that while this play is still relevant today, I am more jaded than I would like to admit. This does not have the impact that it probably should have.
In literature, writers use different literal elements to expound their work. Interestingly, those with physical blindness in many cases have a special gift of seeing invisible things that those sighted cannot see. In most cases, the physically blind can see future events. In Oedipus the King and Hamlet, there is both physical blindness and inability to see and accept the truth amongst the sighted. As aforementioned, Sophocles explores blindness from two angles, physical blindness, and inability to see the truth for the sighted.
The Chorus enters and cries that even Oedipus, greatest of men, was brought low by destiny, for he unknowingly murdered his father and married his mother. The messenger enters again to tell the Chorus what has happened in the palace. Jocasta is dead, by suicide. She locked herself in her bedroom, crying for Laius and weeping for her monstrous fate. Oedipus came to the door in a fury, asking for a sword and cursing Jocasta. He finally hurled himself at the bedroom door and burst through it, where he saw Jocasta hanging from a noose. Seeing this, Oedipus sobbed and embraced Jocasta.