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The Greek tragedy Oedipus Tyrannus by Sophocles is an excellent play however experts have debated many issues about this play for many years now For example some cannot even agree on the title of this play There are many debated titles which include Oedipus Rex Oedipus Tyrannus Oedipus and Oedipus the King However there is little debate on the role that blindness plays in this ancient tragedy Blindness is the downfall of the hero Oedipus Not only does become blind physically but in the beginning he is blind due to ignorance and then he later becomes egotistically blind Although Oedipus does not become physically blind until the end of the play he is blind because of his ignorance from the very beginning He is this way because he was never educated about his past He does not know the truth about where he came from or who his real parents are He is in a way ignorant to his own past or rather he is blind This is not his fault and therefore he cannot help being blind in this way When he meets the men at the crossroad he does not know that the old man that he killed for whipping him was his father As far as he knew his father was the King of Corinth Also when he goes to Thebes he is still blind in this way He marries Jocasta not knowing that she is in fact his biological mother and his children will turn out to be his siblings When it is suspected that Oedipus may be responsible for the murder of Laius he becomes egotistically blind That is he blinds himself from the possible reality that he may be the murderer that he is looking for The people of Thebes are informed that there is an imminent curse upon them as a result of the murder mystery of their previous king Laius In order to find the cure quickly
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