This mental blindness can be more detrimental to one’s life than physical blindness. In the play Oedipus Rex, the title character Oedipus suffers from this kind of blindness. He is blinded from the truth his whole life, thus leading to his unfortunate fate. In the characters of Oedipus and Teiresias, Sophocles uses blind and sight as motif to effectively show how one’s uncontrolled emotions are blinding, and why physical sight is not needed for one to see the truth. Oedipus is very arrogant and allows his emotions to blind him and prevent himself from making sound decisions.
The news the oracle delivers to Oedipus is catastrophic. He is told that he will ... ... middle of paper ... ...hooses to be ignorant to the truth rather than see reality is abundant. His choice to blame others for his wrongs and his arrogance make him responsible for his crimes. Sophocles’s tragic play Oedipus Tyrannus induces catharsis in the audience and rouses exciting debate revolving around the morality concerned with Oedipus’s crimes. It is often argued whether Oedipus is truly responsible for the loathsome crimes of patricide and incest.
Not only did pride bring about the collapse of their lives, but brought death and agony to those that surrounded them. In Othello, Iago was toying with Othello’s pride (his major weakness). In doing that, Othello came to believe that his actions and choices are just and moral. Othello believed he was bringing Desdemona to “justice”, but it really was an act out of revenge. Othello was disappointed to hear that Desdemona is “cheating” on him with Cassio, who was the lieutenant of Othello.
In Oedipus Rex, Sophocles uses blindness as an important motif to deliver a message by making Oedipus "blind" both literally and metaphorically. Throughout the story Oedipus tends to avoid "seeing" the truth about his prophecy, while Tiresias ' physical blindness allows him to "see" the truth. The symbolism of sight versus blindness motif is a representation of the idea of knowledge versus ignorance. Sophocles uses this important motif as the tragic flaw of Oedipus that leads him to a path of utter suffering. Oedipus is very sure about who he is and where he has come from.
It was Oedipus’ hubris that was responsible for the tragic ending of this play. Evidence of this statement occurs when Oedipus’ determination towards solving the mystery behind Laius’ death ironically lead to the truth behind the oracle’s prophecies. Additionally, Oedipus’ overweening pride and ego resulted in the murder of Laius, which was a major stepping-stone in the prophecy. He illustrates his error in judgment through his pride, blindness, and foolishness and therefore is at fault. In fact, Oedipus’ determination towards solving the mystery behind Laius’ death ironically lead to the truth behind the oracle’s prophecy.
There are many different dualities in the story of Oedipus, but the two that are used best by Sophocles to foreshadow Oedipus’ downfall are those of light and darkness, and sight and blindness. An example of when the duality of light ... ... middle of paper ... ...e time he is human, to the point where he is found to be arrogant, to the point where denys multiple claims laïos is his father, and that he killed him. Oedipus’ hamartia is connected to the theme of play, in that arrogance is not a good quality to have, which is shown through the fact Oedipus’ arrogance eventually leads to his downfall. In the play Oedipus Rex, the author Sophocles uses the dualities of sight and blindness and, light and darkness in order to foreshadow Oedipus’ hamartia, in order to enhance his theme against arrogance. Arrogance is displayed as wrong and overall ignorant, and eventually worsens Oedipus’ downfall for the audience, and in the end this play was made specifically for the audience to enjoy.
In this play, power and strength come from the knowledge of truth. Ironically, blind Tiresias, who has the ability to see the truth, becomes enslaved to his own knowledge. Knowing the truth about Oedipus enlists him in the designs of fate as the catalyst of Oedipus' destructive revelation. The prophet takes strength in knowing what he knows is true but, as he says in line 316, he is not able to profit from the knowledge. Forced into dispute with the king of Thebes, by playing off of the anxieties of the main character, the simple power of knowing what another does not know protects Tiresias.
Ultimately, actions speak louder than words. Iago is evil in his actions towards Othello, but between the two, Othello is the most evil for reacting to lies in the most violent of ways. The evil in Iago becomes visible from the very beginning of the play. He explains at the beginning how he was passed over for the position of lieutenant by Othello, who gave the position to Cassio. This gives Iago cause for not only hating Othello but Cassio as well.
Again, Oedipus is blind to the subtle hints the shepherd leaves for Oedipus to decipher. Until now, Oedipus's pride has blinded him from the truth and from seeing other's intentions; he has been stubborn. When isolated, each of these events may be excused as a simple mistake, but a pattern emerges when viewed as a whole. The tragic outcome of Oedipus' life is caused by his underlying character flaw - pride. However, Oedipus is a tragic hero because he becomes aware of his fault and accepts responsibility for his actions.
Sight is something like good and evil, one can choose one or the other. Teiresias who was the prophet of Phoebus was troubled with blindness to the physical world but had the gift of sight in the spiritual world. This gift gave him ... ... middle of paper ... ...e knew how to deal with it was by killing herself. Her blindness was her downfall. Metaphorical blindness may be more of a challenge than basic blindness.