King Oedipus by Sophocles

King Oedipus by Sophocles

King Oedipus by Sophocles

Blindness is the downfall of the hero Oedipus in the play ?King Oedipus? by Sophocles. Not only does the blindness appear physically, but also egotistically as he refuses to acknowledge the possibility of him actually being the murderer of Laius, the former King of Thebes. Coincidentally, he is also Oedipus?s biological father. The use of light and dark in the play is strategically applied in order to better understand the emotion that lies within the characters.
As blame is placed upon Oedipus for the murder of Laius, he blinds himself from the possible reality that he may be the killer. The people of Thebes are informed that there is an impending curse upon them as a result of the murder mystery of their previous king, Laius. In order to quicken the cure, Oedipus calls on Teiresias, the blind prophet to aide them. Excessive pride fuels his inability to believe the prophecy of Teiresias stating Oedipus is the killer, and that he has married his mother. ?Until I came – I, ignorant Oedipus, came – and stopped the riddler?s mouth, guessing the truth by mother-wit, not bird-love.? Because he continually boasts about how he has saved Thebes from the

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