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To the ancient Greeks once a persons fate was prophesized it was set in stone Nothing at all could be done to change it Anyone who attempted to alter herhis fate would do so in vain Fate would overcome all in the end A prime example of these twisted circumstances is displayed in the play Oedipus the King written by Sophecles Oedipus was ill fated since birth His parents were told that he would marry his mother Jocasta and murder his father Laius Laius and Jocasta both tried to change their sons fate They discovered too late that their effort was meaningless and their sons fate destroyed them in the end When Sophecles wrote this play he infused it with irony of all types This was done to better develop his theme of predestination In Sophecles Greek tragedy Oedipus the King both verbal and dramatic irony are used to better comprehend the twisted circumstances of Oedipus fate Situational irony is used throughout the entire play It is most prevalent in the scenes between Oedipus and Tiresias the old blind prophet One would think that because Oedipus has perfectly good eyes he would be able to see more clearly than Tiresias who is completely blind This however is not the case In loosing his actual physical vision Tiresias has only strengthened his vision of things into the future Oedipus on the other hand is completely and ironically blind of things into the future Tiresias makes Oedipus aware his lack of foresight when Oedipus ridicules his blindness So you mock my blindness Let me tell you this You with your precious eyes youre blind to the corruption of your life to the house you live in those you live with - who are your parents Do you know All unknowing you are the scourge of your own flesh and blood the dead below the earth and the living here above and the double lash of your
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