April 27, 2000
The Blind nature of Oedipus
One of the main themes in Oedipus the King is blindness. Not just physical blindness, but intellectual blindness as well. This issue is an effective contrasting method for Oedipus at different points in the play. By saying "blindness", however, is a little misleading. It can be broken down into two sections: Oedipus's ability to "see", and his willingness to "see". The word "see" can
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does not help his problem. This writer thinks it was an act of cowardice because he didn't want to accept the situation the way he "saw" it, and decided instead not to see it at all.
Kitto, Humphrey D. Greek Tragedy : A Literary Study. London: Harper & Row
Publishers, Inc. 1978
Myatt, D.W. A Translation of Oedipus the King N. p., 1990. 1994.
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