Blindness in Oedipus

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…country for good. The blindness of the Herdsman caused the city to go through this suffering. I found this passage to be important because the irresponsible Herdsman was blind to the fact that he might be the cause of the extinction of a city. He single-handedly could have saved Thebes by making sure that Polybus and Merope were from another country or by allowing Oedipus to die the way Laius and Jocasta wanted him to.