This aspect of the novel takes on an important role in the life of Oedipus, the ruler of Thebes. Teiresias played the role of the typical prophet in the Greek tragedy. He removes the golden brooches from the robes of Queen Jocasta, his dead wife a … nd mother. The tragedy featured also many moral maxims on the theme of marriage, preserved in the Anthologion of. He leaves after hearing the prophecy not wanting to slay who he believes to be his father and mother. The first occurrence of the imagery of nothing takes place between Lear and Cordelia. Oedipus mutilates himself because he can face neither the living nor the dead.
In Oedipus Rex by Sophocles it is easy to see how blindness affects the transition of the story. Oedipus suffering is deserved because he was very blind and naive to the signs around him. Physical strength and superior wit are the two major characteristics of a hero. The person may not even know that he is wrong. Blind himself is what Theban King Oedipus does.
When Oedipus learned the truth, his way of dealing with his figurative blindness was to blind himself. It has however been successfully since the. The stark truth emerges slowly over the course of the play, as Oedipus clashes with the blind seer , who senses the truth. Oedipus asserted that he would end the pestilence. Years later, Oedipus, not knowing he was adopted, leaves home in fear of the same prophecy that he will kill his father and marry his mother. Jocasta is dead, by suicide. The riddle of the Sphinx was the mystery of man.
This type of action gives us a better feel for the real tragedy of the whole thing. Classicist Edith Hamilton wrote that he was a passionless, detached observer of life. He knocked down her door to find hat she had hanged herself. After all, the eyes can be deceiving. When Oedipus finally discovered the truth, he was so distressed that he ran pins into his eyes, blinding himself. The purpose of these tragedies was to not only entertain but also to educate the Greek citizen, to explore a problem.
How after that she died I do not know, for Oedipus distracted us from seeing. Although, nothing that happened was his fault Oedipus was ashamed. These words paint Oedipus as a compassionate and empathetic ruler. As Oedipus searched further and further, he discovered that he was the polluter and that the prophecy had come true. He says that he did it to spare himself the sight of the ugliness he had caused, that he could not bring himself to face the people on whom he had brought such suffering.
Tereisias, the ironically blind prophet, can see more truth than Oedipus can see, although Oedipus is not physically blind. One of the most important motifs of the story is the idea of metaphorical blindness, and how Oedipus claims that everyone else around him is blind, and he is the only one that can see. Some differences with older stories emerge. He discovers that just about nothing is what or whom he thinks. King Oedipus himself is responsible for his own blindness. He also feels guilt about accusing other people for the plague that he started.
The blind may not have physical sight, but they have another kind of vision. He does not want to harm anyone else. She kills and eats all Thebans who cannot answer her seemingly unanswerable riddle. Through his use of irony Sophocles manages to avoid retelling an old tale, though the audience is cognizant of the story's end they are intrigued by the irony present in the story. Although the argument can be made that a King being a good leader must move cautiously, he becomes paranoid of his most trustable men such as Creon. On one hand I feel bad for him because it wasn't his fault and he didn't know but on the other hand he was very cocky and thought of himself as a god. Sophocles wrote the tragedy to bring a certain moral conclusion to fruition by the end of the novel.
He likes even less what he learns there. The simple Oedipus; I stopped her mouth. Like the Greeks of centuries past, we continue to ponder these perennial questions. This statement by Aristotle reflects the ideas portrayed in the play Oedipus Rex. Hard truth is uncomfortable to deal with; some cope with it with the approach of denial and anger. Oedipus is irate, threatening Teiresias.