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Oedipus the Blind In Sophocles play Oedipus the King one of the main themes is blindness Not just physical blindness but intellectual blindness as well The blindness issue is an effective contrasting method for Oedipus at different points in the play Simply saying blindness however is a little uncertain It can be broken down into two components Oedipuss ability to see and his willingness to see In the beginning of the play Oedipus has perfect physical vision However he is blind and ignorant to the truth about himself and his past Why are your eyes so cold 307 He desperately wants to know to see but he cannot At this point it is obvious what Oedipuss action must be that is to overcome the blindness If you could only see The nature of your own feelings 323-324 Ironically into the play is introduced a prophet Teiresias who is physically blind but who is clairvoyant This just reaffirms Oedipus as a man ignorant to the true appearance of things - this blind man can see the truth about Oedipus yet Oedipus in all of his physical exactness cannot Toward the end of the play it is shown how Oedipus learns the true nature of things - his past is revealed to him and he learns that the oracle was correct Now Oedipus can see all to clearly what the truth is but he desperately does not want to accept his fate So in response Oedipus commits an act of avoidance he blinds himself so that he may not see Unfortunately this does not help his problem Perhaps it was an act of cowardice because he didnt want to accept the situation the way he saw it and decided instead not to see it at all The final speech given by the Choragos can be a lesson to all of us No mortal eyes but looked on him with envy Yet in
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