I wanted to talk about the symbols that are in the play. How being able to see Oedipus thought that he knew everything and then after he learned he was not where close to knowing anything that all but at the beginning was merely an errant child.
Oedipus Rex by Sophocles is a story about Oedipus Rex came to Thebes and saved the people from the sphinx. He was then crowned the king of Thebes and was given the Hand of Jocaste the wife of the former king Laios and then the wife of Oedipus shortly after he becomes king Thebes is cursed with disease, famine, women dyeing during birth and children being stillborn. He sends his brother in law Creon to talk to the oracle and see what he is supposed to do to stop the curse. Creon comes back and tells him that to save his people he must find the person or people that killed King Laios and either kill them or banishment and advising him to talk to Teiresias the blind prophet.
Oedipus after hearing all of this from Creon he summons Teiresias, who at first refuses to come and then refuses to tell the king anything at all begging him to not ask. Teiresias finally gives in and tells Oedipus that he was the one who killed Laios. Oedipus couldn’t believe it and thought that Creon and Teiresias are plotting against him to steal the throne so Creon can rule. After talking with Creon again Oedipus wife Jocasta comes to tell him not to worry about what the oracle or the prophet has said to him that none of it could be true.
She tells Oedipus that the oracle once told King Laios that his son would kill his father and take his own mother as his wife. He realizes this sounds familiar and asks to hear more. She then tells him about how the old king was killed at a three way c...
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...king Laios speaking the truth, saying that it was Oedipus. Teiresias is the one who can make predictions of what is to come saying that once Oedipus figures all of it out he will know that he was a man thought to be foreign but in reality he was born of Thebes, a blind man that now has his sight, and a rich man who will become penniless. Teiresias tells Oedipus of all the things to come and the fate that lies in store for him at the end.
When Oedipus learns of all the awful things that has been done and all the truths he learns he gouges out his eyes blinding himself physically, casting his world in to darkness just like Teiresias had predicted. He tells his uncle that he can no longer bear to look at his children while he knows not only is he there father but also there brother and ask that Creon take him out of the city so that he can wonder in endless darkness.
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