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Blindness in Oedipus Rex One of the main underlying themes in Oedipus Rex is blindness. Not just physical blindness, but intellectual blindness as well. The blindness issue ...

symbolic significance of oedipus blindness in oedipus rex?

Lindsay Mitchell October 18, 2002 Mrs. Holladay AP English Sight Vs. Blindness in Oedipus: A Battle of Figurative and Literal Proportions Sight versus blindness is one of several major themes present in the play Oedipus Rex. Oedipus, Iocasta, and Teiresias are characters in the play who represent sight or blindness or a combination of both. While the most obvious example of sight versus blindness lies in the actual vision of the characters, their inability to "see" the truths around them also fits the theme. The figurative and literal sight or blindness of Oedipus, Iocasta, and Teiresias demonstrates their character strengths and weaknesses throughout the play as the theme is further developed. At the beginning of the play, Oedipus is both figuratively and literally able to see. He has vision and at the same time, he is able to see, or recognize the answer to the Sphinx's riddle. Using his sight to his advantage, Oedipus is able to lift the plague from Thebes and become the ruler of the Thebans.


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these seem like supporting facts rather than a thesis. It sounds like your thesis is more like "Blindness in Oedipus Rex represents peoples inability to see the truth until it is too late" Or "Blindness represents how people often refuse to see horrible truths that happen right in front of them". Your supporting facts will be 1)Oedipus is "blind" throughout the story by his inability to understand that the prophecy has come true and scorns the ones who try to guide him;