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Blindness in Oedipus the King In Sophocles play Oedipus the King one of the main themes is blindness The author uses physical blindness as well as intellectual blindness to illustrate Oedipus status as a tragic hero 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 He desperately wants to see but he cannot This is exemplified in the play when Oedipus states that once more he must bring what is dark to light 1259 Oedipus wants to overcome his blindness and he pursues this goal throughout the play Another ironic example of the theme of blindness is a prophet introduced later in the play Teiresias who is physically blind yet clairvoyant Teiresias tells Oedipus that he cannot see the evil 1264 and says to him You mock my blindness do you But I say that you with both your eyes are blind 1266 This intensifies the fact that Oedipus is ignorant to the truth Teiresias a blind prophet can see the truth about Oedipus and yet Oedipus with his perfect physical sight cannot see this truth Later in the play Oedipus realizes the truth about his past Oedipus can now see the truth clearly and yet he still does not want to accept it or see it Therefore to rid himself of this truth Oedipus physically blinds himself saying No more shall you look on the misery about metoo long you have been blind to those for whom I was searching 1288 This malicious act is Oedipus way of escaping from reality From the play one may discover that one of Oedipus tragic flaws is his blindness or unwillingness to see the
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