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Blindness versus Sight Oedipus the King was written by Sophocles and performed for the first time between 430 and 425 BC The play unfolds the tale of a kings battle for justice and knowledge in seeking the killer of his father the previous king Oedipus is unaware that he is the murderer and has thus fulfilled his prophecy Throughout the play there are references to Oedipus blindness to the truth it is this blindness not his fate which fulfills the prophecy dictated to both Oedipus and his parents King Laius and Queen Jocasta saying that Oedipus would kill his father and marry his mother The blindness is emphasized figuratively with the concerned townspeople and Tiresias and literally with Jocastas death In the beginning of the play Oedipus declares that Laius killer will be either exiled or killed he says that justice must be served to keep the gods happy and to banish a murderer from their midst He does not realize that he is stating his own sentence He is blind to the fact that he killed King Laius he fulfilled the prophecy given to him that he would kill his father but he does not realize it and now he is determining his punishment He even says that as if for my own father Ill fight for him Ill leave no means untried to catch the one who did it with his hand Sophocles 1312 He sees so clearly in his mind that he will bring Laius justice in his death but he fails to see that the man he killed in the midst of his voyage is the same man whose death he valiantly avenges Tiresias a blind man known as a gods prophet points out Oedipus blindness during an argument between the two men Oedipus calls upon Tiresias to tell him anything possible about Laius murder and Tiresias is reluctant to do so because he knows that Oedipus is the
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