oedipus essay

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Carlos Caceres English R1A Ancients and Modernists 4/23/09 The Blindness of Kings There is much more behind blindness than just not being able to see with yours eyes. Sophocles’s Oedipus the King uses blindness to both deceive and reveal. Through blindness, Sophocles has his character ignore common sense without realizing it. They must fight through their blindness to finally see the truth behind all of their struggles. Joined by Tennyson’s characters, all the protagonists experience enlightenment only after suffering for their mistakes. Being the main character, Oedipus goes through life unknowingly fulfilling a terrible prophecy of killing his father and marrying his mother to later have children with. His attempt at avoiding the terrible prophecy leads to his eventual discovery of the truth through his own blindness. That same discovery leads to the death of his wife and the loss of his throne and family. Although in very different times, both authors use blindness in the same ways to tell the story of the characters of Oedipus the King . Different forms of blindness are used to both obstruct and reveal knowledge, showing that what is in plain sight may not always be accurate. Trough figurative blindness, false knowledge keeps Iocasta from seeing the power of prophecy, ultimately leading to her death. Although she knows of the ruinous foretelling, her blindness tells her that it cannot come to pass. When she tells Oedipus to, “listen to him and as you hear, reflect what has become of all those oracles,” Iocasta is so engulfed in what she has seen over the years that she tries to make Oedipus ignore any of the prophecies made (80.953). Her supposed “wisdom” that has grown through years of seeing events play out
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makes Iocasta blind to the power of a prophecy made by the gods. Saying that, “Apollo failed, for neither did his son kill Laius, nor did Laius meet the awful end feared, killed by his son,” Iocasta truly believes that she and her family have been able to thwart the hand of
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