Truth is an important theme in both Oedipus and the Outsider as it changes the fate for both of the characters. I will talk about how the characters find out about the truth. I will also talk about how this theme is presented to us similarly in both the play and the text, as both the characters stick to the truth of their crimes which leads to both their downfalls. As Oedipus and Meursault based in different settings, this contributes to how the truth is presented.
In the play Oedipus, he seeks to find out the truth as he believes that he can help the people of Thebes “I’ll bring it all to light myself” later on even when everyone is begging him not to seek the truth he says “I must know it all, must see the truth at last” Although whatever Oedipus is doing is for the well being of Thebes this leads to his downfall as he himself is the cause of the plague. The realization of the truth is a turning point in the play as this changes his life.
Meursault does not intentionally kill the Arab as his physical needs over powers his ability to think. Meursaults realizes that he has murdered “it was like giving four sharp knocks at the door of unhappiness.” The simile in the quote also foreshadows that unhappiness is going to be a part of his life because he killed the Arab. Meursault is a simple and straightforward character and he believes in only telling the truth, this therefore changes his future.
Despite the fact that Oedipus and Meursault have different social status, there is a similarity on how they react once they find out the truth; both the characters are honest about the crime they have committed. Despite Oedipus being the King of Thebes he keeps his word that “I curse myself as well” and once he comes to know the truth he realizes that he is responsible so he blinds himself and exiles himself from Thebes. Meursault being an ordinary man is very straightforward and therefore tells the truth that he killed the Arab. Meursault decided to “die for the...
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