Seeing and Blindness

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Sophocles in Oedipus Rex (represented in Thomas R. Arp and Greg Johnson, Perrine’s Literature: Structure, Sound, and Sense, 8th ed. [Fort Worth: Harcourt, 2002] 1310) not only uses quite a bit of irony. From the beginning one is faced with the tragedy in the story, the murder of King Laios. Soon we learn that his murderer is in Thebes, and until the murderer is driven out of the town, the terrible plagues will continue haunting Thebes. After hearing the story, Oedipus resolves to solve the mystery himself and says that the murderer will be exiled even if it is a member of his own family. At this point, the reader is faced with irony, which he will better understand later in the story when he finds out that not only was the murderer in Oedipus’s family, but the murderer was indeed Oedipus. Not only does Sophocles use irony, but he also gives the reader the desire to better understand his seeing and blindness elements that are used throughout his drama. Oedipus Rex is filled with many surprises and some upsets but plenty of drama, irony, and entertainment. As one reads, he feels many different emotions, such as confusion, sadness, and then simply anger. Although one may not agree that blinding himself was the best idea, Oedipus’s reasoning behind his action is not quite as complicated if looked at from a simpler point of view. At the end of the story when Oedipus goes into his wife’s bedroom, he finds her hanging from a noose. Oedipus immediately begins to sob and runs to embrace his wife, but he then takes the pins that were holding her dress together and begins to poke at his eyes until blood is flowing from them. Knowing that he was the one who killed Laios and married his mother, Oedipus felt an enormous amount of guilt and embarrassment which led him to poke the pins in his own eyes which caused him to blind himself. Even though poking the pins in his eyes…...

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