Oedipus the King Essay

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Consider a world where the blind lead -- not the other way around. While this may seem utterly ridiculous, take a moment to really ponder the idea. In multitudes of cultures and societies, many of the blind have been revered and respected amongst the people in said societies and appointed to positions such as augurs, fortune tellers, shamans, and wisemen. In this way, associations have been made between being blind and being enlightened. This differentiation (and association) is rather captivating to many philosophers, literary laureates, and aspiring writers, and has been a popular theme amongst world literature for centuries. In Oedipus the King, the playwright, Sophocles, attempts to elaborate on the ability to see with more than just one’s eyes, and the consequences a lack of insight may usher. To begin with, the reader is met with Oedipus, and the reader discovers soon enough how lacking Oedipus is in the insight department. Of course, one is almost immediately aware of his pride and arrogance, as is initially depicted in the first ten verses, but isn’t focused on the king’s lack of insight until his conversation with the augur Teiresias (1:1:325-541). In this section, Oedipus begins as a “pleasant” fellow, but soon becomes frustrated with Teiresias’ “insolence” and lack of “loyalty” due to Teiresias initially refusing to reveal to Oedipus that Oedipus himself is the man that murdered the late king Laius. While Oedipus’ temper is the most prominent feature of this selection, one can also see the lack of insight he (Oedipus) exhibits when he accuses Teiresias of not being a true augur, a liar, and a beggar (1:1:450-470). Oedipus lacks a clear mind due to his frustration and therefore lacks the insight needed to actually take control of the situation and possibly remedy his problems. Another example of Oedipus’ lack of insight is during his conversation with

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