How Does Oedipus Show Blindness

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Mikayla Titus

In Oedipus Rex a man blindly searches for the truth not knowing that it will be the cause of his own despicable fate. He finds out the to end the plague he has to find the former king's killer. He fights with Tiresias,the seer and says Creon is plotting against him. He fights with Jocasta about the past and current “coincidences”. They both realize the truth and Jocasta hangs herself and Oedipus stabs his eyes out. Creon becomes king and agrees to take care of Oedipus’s daughters, Oedipus is banished. Throughout the whole play Oedipus struggles with seeing and realizing the truth.
Oedipus’s is so blind that he doesn't see clearly till the end when it's all laid out to him. At the beginning of the play Oedipus shows blindness by cursing the murderer without knowing
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“ Apollo did this my friends! Apollo! He is the one sending me these foul pains. As for my eyes, no one else has struck them, no one but me. What good are they now, when i was unable to see clearly with them before?”pg.29 Oedipus is explaining to the Chorus why he blinded himself and he is saying that why would I need my eyes if they never saw the truth at the beginning. When the Chorus responds, Oedipus says, “No, old man! Dont preach to me nor tell me that what I did was wrong! If I still had my eyes, how could I face Hades in the underworld? How could I face my parents after what I have done to them? For such atrocious acts, suicide is too small a price to pay. ”pg29. Oedipus is telling the Chorus that if he still had his eyes he would never be able face his parents or even Hades in the underworld because he is so ashamed of the things he did. Oedipus physically blinded himself because he was so ashamed and to him death is too small a price to pay and that he deserved not only to be blind but to be

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