Oedipus the King is ripe with examples of Oedipus' short temper. When the blind prophet, Tiresias, first comes to Thebes and refuses to tell Oedipus of what he knows, the king gets angry and starts to verbally assault him. Tiresias, fed up, tells Oedipus that he is the murderer (Sophocles line 413). This, of course, doesn't soothe Oedipus' anger and sends him into a fit of rage. Thus, he accuses his brother in-law of treason: “I see it all, the marauding thief himself scheming to steal my crown and power” (Sophocles lines 596-598).
Oedipus revelation of the truth has come from his incessant probing and abusing of the truth holders. Despite this awful crime Oedipus takes responsibility and no longer wants to see, he then gouges his eyes in the final symbolism. He now has complete sight but does not wish to see anything. Did Oedipus take the necessary steps to void the prophecy? Indeed Oedipus left Corinth to attempt to resist the prophecy of the oracle, yet he makes destructive choices to kill a man old enough to be his father, them marries a woman old enough to be his mother.
King Oedipus by Sophocles Blindness is the downfall of the hero Oedipus in the play “King Oedipus” by Sophocles. Not only does the blindness appear physically, but also egotistically as he refuses to acknowledge the possibility of him actually being the murderer of Laius, the former King of Thebes. Coincidentally, he is also Oedipus’s biological father. The use of light and dark in the play is strategically applied in order to better understand the emotion that lies within the characters. As blame is placed upon Oedipus for the murder of Laius, he blinds himself from the possible reality that he may be the killer.
Although, the higher powers were spiteful, unstable, and brought destruction to the hero. Their negative attributes force them to make freewill decisions that will guide them toward becoming hospitable leaders. Only when unsatisfied did the Gods intervene. They used rage, passion, and concern to manipulate situations that will guide the hero back toward their set forth purpose. Odysseus was subject to many chaotic situation that were out of his control.
He spends so much time persuading the murder that he does not realize that it was him all along. Oedipus hubris personality gets in his way by putting a curse on him and ends up blinding himself because of it. The role of hubris controlled Oedipus fate because he did not listen to Tiresias’ prophecy, avoided Apollo’s prophecy, and he blindly tries to pursue Laius murder without realizing he killed Laius. In the end of the play, Oedipus is seen as a tragic hero who led himself to his tragic down fall because of his excessive pride. When Oedipus realizes his true identity he could not bear the truth and ask Creon to sends him into exile.
Dionysus knows that due to being a foreign god, the Greeks do not accept him and are ignorant of his rank. Instead of taking this information into consideration, Dionysus instead decides to prove his superiority by destroying Pentheus for disrespecting him. He seethes stating that the “city has to learn…making mortal man endorse the fact that [He is] a god.” (The Bacchae 397). This blatant challenge to humankind conveys Dionysus’ desire to forcefully correct those who are ignorant of his reputation as a god and force their respect through fear and violence. This is further proven when he succeeds in his plan, by driving Agave to conduct sparagmos on her own son, and becomes distraught at losing their son.
When Oedipus is met with answers, he vows that he will find the murderer. However, there is great irony in his vow because he doesn’t know that he is the actual murderer of the great King. With this, it’s clear that Oedipus misunderstood this oracle off of sheer ignorance. Oedipus’ reactions toward the first oracle reveal the immediate qualities of Oedipus. At this stage of the narrative, it is apparent that Oedipus lacks knowledge of his own identity.
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.
Like his father, Oedipus also sought ways to escape the horrible destiny told by the oracle of Apollo. The chorus warns us of man's need to have reverence for the gods, and the dangers of too much pride. "But if a man tread the ways of arrogance; fear not justice, honour not the gods enshrined; evil take him! Ruin be the prize of his fatal pride!”Oedipus' unyielding desire to uncover the truth about Laius' murder and the mystery surrounding his own birth, led him to the tragic realization of his horrific deeds.
Tiresias told Oedipus that he was the one responsible for Laius’ death. Oedipus quickly dismissed the acquisition, once again letting his pride blind him from the truth. While at the same time, his stubbornness is getting in the way of listening to Tiresias. By Oedipus making this statement, it is clear that he is too stubborn to hear what anyone else has to say, especially if it is negative. It is also very ironic how in the beginning, Oedipus badly wanted Tiresias to tell him what information he knew about Laius’ killing, but when Tiresias was forced to say it, Oedipus immediately silenced Tiresias.