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Her failure to connect oedipus to the death of laius

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her failure to connect Oedipus to the death of Laius, which is obvious to the reader, may be a ploy to save herself. Sight is a reoccurring theme in “Oedipus the King”. Ironically, it seems as if those who are capable of seeing are unable to comprehend what they view and those that are blind have immense amounts of knowledge. Oedipus, for example, is completely “blind” to the truth at the beginning of the play, however, throughout the story he gains his “sight”. Contrarily, Tiresias is blind but knows of Odeipus’ background. Although Oedipus may seem ignorant, his transformation thus far shows more character than one
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who always had knowledge. He is able to piece together the information given to him about Laius’ death and admits that if he is at fault he should be punished. Initially, the reader may side with Tiresias during his argument with Oedipus (pages 176-181) because of his harsh reaction to Tiresias’ accusation, but further reading uncovers Oedipus’ understanding of his actions. (lines 935-937) He is beginning to gain knowledge, sight, if you will. Lines 69-84 describe Oedipus’ grieving for his land, but it is not obvious as to whether or not he truly feels a connection with his people. At times, the king comes off extremely arrogant, which leads the reader to believe he is falsely searching for sympathy from those who are suffering far more than he. This speech sets the tone for Oedipus’ ruling of his land, he has saved his people once and he must now do it again. Oedipus explains that he will do all that the gods ask of him. However, the king later contradicts the knowledge of the gods when he questions why his people pray to them rather than ask him (p 171) It is obvious that Oedipus portrays himself in two very different lights in company of his people, yet only Tiresias stands up and confronts him about his faults.
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