Oedipus’ Blindness to the Truth

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In the play Oedipus Rex, Oedipus cannot recognize the truth that is right in front of him. Many people tell Oedipus about what is going on. His own character flaws, pride and ignorance blind Oedipus. Oedipus leads himself into his own downfall. He ends up facing exile or even execution. Oedipus is metaphorically blind throughout the entire play, but when he can see reality he literally blinds himself. In Sophocles Oedipus Rex, the motif of sight and blindness is used to show how blind people can be to things they don't want to see, yet are right in front of them. Throughout the course of the play Oedipus Rex, the main character Oedipus struggles to recognize the obvious truths that are right in front of him. Oedipus has known his fate since he was a young boy. Oedipus decides to run from this fate, while doing this he runs himself right into the fate. After unknowingly killing his father he try’s to take his reign. When he catches wind of the king being killed Oedipus says, “Until now I was a stranger to this tale, “As I had been a stranger to the crime. Could I track down the murderer without a clue? (13) Oedipus is so ignorant that he fails to recognize truths that lie right in front of him. Not knowing that he, himself was the one who committed the murder Oedipus states, As for the criminal, I pray to God-Whether it be a lurking thief, or one of a number- I pray that that mans life be consumed in evil and wretchedness” (14) Oedipus has people telling him about the prophecy, and he still fails to recognize what is directly in front of him. He is overly prideful and ignorent, these character flaws cause Oedipus to walk directly into his own demise. Oedipus suffers from a false sense of pride; this pride blinds him from the truth and leads to himself downfall. Oedipus’ fate has been foretold to him in a prophecy many times, but his ignorance and pride blinds

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