Oedipus Rex

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1. Introduction

2. Plot of the play

3. i. Analysis of the play and the life of Oedipus

ii. The affectivity of the play

4. Conclusion

Oedipus Rex

The play starts at the doors of the king’s palace with some beggars at the door steps and the priest gathering branches of olives for wreath. Oedipus, who is the king of the place, asks them why they are grieving and praying all the time. People who had come to the palace wanted to have a word with the king concerning the things that were happening in the palace (Foster 35). The king, on the other hand, promises them that he will help them in whatever they want. In addition, citizens of this land had found themselves in a number of calamities; the reasons as to why the land had plunged into plagues was as a result of Oedipus having killed his father and ended up marrying his mother. This play is taken as an indication of human blindness; this is shown by Oedipus’ not taking into consideration the fact that what he has done could be the reasons as to why there is a plague in the land.

The plot of the play revolves around Oedipus during his young age; when he was young he is shown to have raped a girl who then committed suicide due to the shame. In this case, he is shown to have attracted a curse since at young age; he was blinded to sacred laws of hospitality. The king Lauis and Queen of Thebes decides to kill the infant Oedipus; but the person sent to kill hesitates to do so. Other than killing him, the servant sent takes him to the mountain to die out of exposure (Brown 254). Instead of dying out of exposure, he is rescued by a shepherd who takes him to Corinth and he is raised as a childless king. Having the knowledge of the fact that he is not the biol...

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...ted suicide and was hanging from the ceiling. He then pokes his eyes using the gold pins from the dress of Jocasta. He walks out of the palace physically blind. The scene is indicative of the fact that all this time he had been blind at heart and in the mind and his situation was commensurate to, if not worse than, physical blindness.

In conclusion, the whole play has scenes and incidents that can be applied in life’s situations where such blindness is evident. It also shows other cases of blindness, such as those induced by fear; the prophets feared telling the truth to Oedipus and as a result brought trouble to the whole kingdom.

Works Cited

Brown, Frederick. An impersonation of angels: A biography of Jean Cocteau. New York: Viking Press, 1968. Print.

Foster, Thomas C. How to read literature like a professor. New York, NY: HarperCollins, 2003. Print.
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