As the drama Oedipus Rex opens, the city of Thebes lies in ruin as plagues swallow the land and a sweltering sun bears down on the desert. The king of Thebes, Oedipus, realizes that the bad omens are present and pleads to the gods in terror; Sophocles does this in order to display the reality of the situation and portray humanity’s weakness and need to look towards a power for hope. It is conceivable that when in doubt, one should look to a higher power, without such entities and values humanity would quickly lose hope in most situations. Hope is a powerful tool and allows much of society to push onwards; many have made significant accomplishments because of such beliefs. Furthermore, Oedipus turns to the gods in desperation and pleads for his people and...
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...urn a blind eye to the events concerning doom for them as they can not fathom the truth that stands before them. Though humanity continually seeks guidance and purpose, the truth may blind those who can not handle such guidance.
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