Hard truth is uncomfortable to deal with; some cope with it with the approach of denial and anger.
Oedipus approaches his truth of Laius’s murder and Apollo’s prophecy with denial.
In the beginning of the text, an explanation is presented of how Thebes must “drive out a killer” in order to purge the city of the plague (99). Oedipus sets on a quest that includes Tiresias’s baffling words. Tiresias confronts Oedipus with [Oedipus’s] truth by revealing he is the murderer of Laius and “pollutes the land” (352). Oedipus is also bound by Apollo’s prophecy; his [Oedipus] fate is sealed (377). Oedipus displays his denial by refusing that he is the murderer and placing the blame on Creon.
Denial is often associated with blindness. Oedipus demonstrates clear blindness throughout his search for justice. Some people choose to remain blind in order to keep the truth from suffocating them and altering their way of life. Oedipus throughout the majority of the text remains in denial to keep his relationships and status the same, but causes the whole city to still be plagued and “pay for death with death” (99-100). His search for truth is affected by his denial harming everyone around him - including himself.
Denial is considered to be a healthy coping mechanism that is only to be used for a short period of time. In order for the brain and the human emotions to absorb trauma, denial must take place in order to keep someone from being overwhelmed. In this case, Oedipus’s truth was his trauma; and because truth and justice directly parallel, Oedipus’s truth was his justice. Oedipus should have dealt w...
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...ved his truth. Everything was a chain reaction.
Oedipus’s grief for truth is a necessary process that gives the text its lengthened plot and substance. Oedipus’s grief and quest for justice can demonstrate and pinpoint to readers certain areas situations in their lives where they themselves can go through the grieving process to find their truth and justice.
Whether it is substance abuse, toxic relationships, trauma, or a life-altering event, everyone goes through the process of grief at some point in life. The process of grief is long and hard but necessary to overall wellbeing; each part directly correlates to each other. We all grieve for something and look for things to process and deal with when hard times of life blow through. Therefore, it’s okay to grieve for truth. It is necessary for people to grieve in order to be complete and whole.
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