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Oedipus the King and the Irony of Sight Throughout the play Oedipus the King Sophocles refers to site and blindness to relate attitudes and knowledge of the past The irony of sight in this play can be marked by Oedipus inability to realize that which is evident to the reader His extreme pride is his tragic flaw It blinds him from the truth Oedipus blinding himself symbolizes his increase of knowledge his sensitivity and gives him the ability to finally see He is now able to see the flaws of his hubris attitude and the consequences of which his pride brought to him From the very beginning Oedipus was blinded by pride With the city of Thebes dying Creon comes from the god Apollo to tell how to stop the plaque An example of Oedipus hubris is shown when he will not go into the palace to converse with Creon He insists on talking in front of the crowd of citizens Creon tells that the only way to stop the plaque is to find the killer of Lauis the pre vious king King Oedipus takes this task lightly for he is the one who solved the riddle of the Sphinx he surely could find the killer of royalty This is another example of his tragic flaws pride When Oedipus vows to do everything in his power to find Laius killer the leader of the chorus advises Oedipus that no one knows the identity of the murderer and that the god Apollo should name him to the people Oedipus replies to force the gods to act against their will- no man has the power320 He has called on the blind seer who knows what the god Apollo sees It is ironic that Tiresias can see what Oedipus can not though he suffers of old age and physical blindness Tiresias who is able to see the truth of the downfall of Oedipus thorough the oracles prophecy even
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