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Oedipus Essay

  • Submitted by: fearchamber
  • on November 12, 2012
  • Category: Miscellaneous
  • Length: 935 words

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The blindness and sight of Oedipus the king

Oedipus the King written by Sophocles around 430 B.C. tells a tragic story of a proud man with no knowledge of his own past, who goes on to become a hero, only to fall from grace when the truth of his heritage is finally uncovered. Oedipus is an extremely intelligent man who was even able to solve the riddle of the sphinx which had gone unanswered for quite some time plaguing, Thebes with a terrible curse. This wise and powerful ruler can see and understand everything that goes on around him, but is ignorant of his own past. When Oedipus learns the truth of the prophecy, he looks into darkness and loses his sight of the outside world, finally to understand that what he sees is not always the truth.
Oedipus the king displays true wisdom while ruling Thebes, making the best decisions for his people and leading them to prosperity, until a series of unfortunate events such as crops failing in the fields, cattle wasting away, and deaths of the people from unknown causes the people to cry out for help.   Oedipus being a wise and astute king, sends his brother- in- law Creon to the oracle of Apollo to ascertain the cause of this mysterious plague. Creon returns telling everyone that the murderer of King Laius must be killed or exiled to lift the curse.   Oedipus calls a curse upon the murderer and demands anyone with any information steps forward and threatens anyone who has protected this vile creature be punished. Not knowing his own history, he curses himself before the people and the gods. He goes so far as to call for the blind seer to shed some light on the situation. When Tiresias arrives and hears what Oedipus wants from him he tries to get Oedipus to let the matter go and move on, but ignorant Oedipus demands the truth and threatens the seer if he does not comply.
Tiresias, tired of being ridiculed and threatened informs Oedipus that he is the one responsible for the curse, that he is the man who murdered the king...

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