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Blindness in Oedipus the King People can be blinded to the truth The answer to their question or solution to their problem may have been obvious Yet they could not see the answer They were blinded to the truth Associations have been made between being blind and enlightened A blind person is said to have powers to see invisible things They see into the future The blind may not have physical sight but they have another kind of vision In Sophocles King Oedipus Teiresias the blind prophet presents the truth to King Oedipus and Jocasta Oedipus has been blinded to the truth his whole life When he does find the truth he loses his physical vision Because of the truth Oedipus blinds himself Jocasta was blind to the true identity of Oedipus Even when she found out the truth she refused to accept it In this case those who are blind ultimately do have a higher vision - the truth Kind Oedipus started life with a prophecy that he would kill his father and marry his mother In an attempt to avoid this fate his parents Laius and Jocasta sent him into the mountains to die However a shepherd saved Oedipus This shepherd gave Oedipus to Polybus and Merope When Oedipus learned of his prophecy he fled his home thinking these people were his real parents On his flight he met Laius He ended up killing Laius He continued on answered a riddle of the evil Sphinx and ended up king of Thebes With this kingdom Oedipus married Jocasta He had lived out the prophecy without even knowing he had Thebes fell onto bad times and a prophet put the blame on a polluter of the lands Oedipus called on Teiresias and Teiresias informed him that the polluter was the King As Oedipus searched further and further he discovered that he was the polluter and that the prophecy had come true When Oedipus finally discovered
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