The Theme Of Blindness In Oedipus The King And Antigone

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With the city stricken with a plague, a king will try to save it by finding the murder of the previous king. A truth will uncover the mystery behind the murder and reveal the current king’s past as false. This story is a simplified version of the play Oedipus the King and the play before sequel the play Antigone, both written by Sophocles. Both these stories have a theme that can relate to the both of them. The character Oedipus from Oedipus the King, Creon from Antigone, and the plot of Oedipus the King display the theme of sight vs. blindness, in which a respected person makes an error in judgment in the plays Antigone and Oedipus the King, written by Sophocles.
The character Oedipus from the book Oedipus the King displays the theme of sight
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blindness, Creon from the play Antigone supports the theme in Sophocles’ play through indirect characterization. Primarily, the whole conflict of Antigone revolved around the decree made by Creon to stop anyone from burying Polynices. Followed by everyone, Creon made the policy with the rule that Polynices received no “grave or any mourning” (Sophocles, Antigone 7).With no burial for Polynices, Antigone set out to bury him herself, which will lead to death of her family because of Creon’s actions. As Creon made the mistake of thinking that his law surpassed the Greek gods’ law of a proper burial, which will lead to the death of his family and the suffering of Thebes. Additionally, another instance happened when Haemon entered the room and started to argue with his father Creon. Filled with emotions of disagreement and anger, Antigone would not “be the only one to die” as Haemon announced his own suicide to Creon (Sophocles, Antigone 19). Haemon said that one more would die referring to himself. However, Creon made the mistake of assuming that it meant him and angrily sent him off to his death, unaware of the rash decision of suicide. In summary, with determined citizens of Thebes that want the burial of Polynices to happen, they called Teiresias to convince Creon to bury Polynices. Prophesying the consequences, Teiresias told Creon that it would not “be long before [Creon’s] house” develop[ed] into a house filled with grief of death…show more content…
blindness in which the smartest person made an error in judgment as seen with the characters Oedipus from Oedipus the King, Creon from Antigone, and the plot of Oedipus the King. Oedipus reflected the theme of sight vs. blindness as a king who discovered the truth that caused his downfall because he decided to pursue it. Creon displayed the theme of sight vs. blindness by existing as a king who made a decision not to bury Polynices, which led to the death of his family. Sophocles’ play Oedipus the King exhibited the theme of sight vs. blindness by the story revolving around a king, determined to find the truth, led his own downfall caused by the founding of the truth. With the king having found the truth, it led to the suicide of his wife and king wandering in exile as a blind man. The story continued as the sons of the king fight for the throne and both die. The new king orders a decree not to bury one of the sons; this decree will cause death of the new King’s family and suffering for the

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