In the play Oedipus Rex, Oedipus demonstrates his errors in judgement through his hubris, blindness, and foolishness and therefore is at fault. Oedipus’s great hubris led him to a path where he couldn’t come back from. His blindness and ignorance to the truth caused Oedipus to take actions that he thought would aid him escape the prophecy told by the oracle. His actions justify the line of events that occur in the play. Oedipus’s hubris led him to a path where he couldn’t come back from.
Humans have power when they have knowledge and insight but that power is liable to error because in reality we are all flawed with blindness to the truth and our own destruction can be an inner force that eats us out until we are forced to face the truth. With desires to find the truth and fear of finding the truth odious was fighting an inner losing battle within himself that drives to our having to carry the burden of guilt over the death of his father and being an embarrassment to his families legacy. This blindness motif plays into the plays theme that wisdom is knowledge and that the pursuit of knowledge can be futile. If wisdom was one of Oedipus strong suit he would have killed his father creating a chain reaction of
305-307) Such downfall is devastating for both Lear and Gloucester, and mental blindness is the cause of it. As a result, they cannot blame that “I am a man more sinn’d against than sinning”, because the origin comes from themselves. It’s an impressive lesson for everyone living in this physical world that our eyes can only see the surface of objects and our hearts can see through the essential of objects.
He is blinded by the truth of his life due to the unknowing of who his parents were. This metaphorical blindness is taken so far that Oedipus gets angry whenever someone mentions the prophecy and the probable truth of it. Tiresias declares that Oedipus “live[s] in hideous shame with those most dear to [him]… [and] cannot see the evil” (321). Although Tiresias begins telling about the truth by hinting at certain situations, Oedipus still remains oblivious and completely blinded. Tiresias is unable to keep to himself any longer and begins providing insight to the prophecy, proving that Oedipus is "blind... [and] cannot see the wretchedness of [his] life" (322).
The egotistical, arrogant Julius Caesar is seen to be showing great ignorance which caused his downfall in the form of betrayal. His character innately makes him weak because even though he suspected Cassius at the beginning, he did not take action upon his own suspicion. He also had many people telling him to beware the Ides of March, and to be careful of certain people. He did not listen to any of these warnings even though he had his own suspicion about one person who after all thought of the plan to kill Julius. If he was sensible and not ignorant, he would think that there would be people out there who would want to take him out.
Iago also creates a new profound hate for Othello for not recognizing that he is more worthy and has more qualification for the job, resulting in the start of his plans to destroy Othello and Cassio. This was the start to the downfall of many characters. Iago is seen as a demonic character who can create false realities for his victims. When conversing with his victims he develops a mutual bond with the victim creating a false reality that he has a friendly figure and not an enemy. Othello refers to Iago as “honest Iago” throughout the play unaware of his devilish acts.
Blindness played a major role in Sophocles’ Oedipus the King. Blindness is presented as a physical disability that affects Teiresias and as not being able to see the truth which Oedipus was “blinded” as well. The irony that is at hand is the fact that Oedipus who was born with the gift of sight is basically blind, but on the other hand, Teiresias , who is blind physically but is able to see all evil acts committed. Unfortunately, as Oedipus gains the gift of sight internally, he discards his physical outward sight. Sight is something like good and evil, one can choose one or the other.
Although he is cunning and clever, Odysseus’ pride consumes him, and he carelessly submits to his impulse to gloat, causing a god with the ability to follow through on his threats to impede on his journey. In this instance, the consequences of his action are not only foisted upon his men, but also upon himself, further extending the gravity of the... ... middle of paper ... ...r own tragic flaws. Through the help of the mentors Athena and Theseus, they are taught to overcome these flaws. This translates to the society of the Greeks as well as today’s society. It emphasizes the need for the ability to recognize one’s own flaws.
The play Othello was littered with accusations and errors of many people. Some hurt one another for self benefit, some did for revenge, but some others were just plain stupid. Nobody stuck up for themselves as normal human beings should do in times of need, instead just sitting and taking it, letting the antagonist win the battles and eventually the war. All of this is true, but the primary example of stupidity in this book is the main character, Othello. Othello is hands down the dumbest character in the book, clearly not having the ability to use his head and get his facts straight in any shape or form.
When Oedipus finally opens up his eyes to the world and sees the truth, which has been right in front of him all along, he blinds himself physically. Oedipus inflicts his own blindness on himself because he cannot handle the destruction he caused while he was able to see, but was in denial of the truth. Physical blindness gives Tiresias the ability to see the truth because he is not impaired by his own views of reality where as Oedipus’ blindness, which causes him not to see the truth, destroys his life and the lives of those he cares about. Although Tiresias is physically blind, he is able to see the truth; something that Oedipus is incapable of doing. Tiresias is a prophet and he can see the reality of every situation.