May 5, 2015
1. What has Oedipus learned about himself at the end of the play?
About self-deception and truth?
Oedipus learned that sometimes is necessary to listen to what others have to say. Also he had to learn the truth that he neglected for so long. Whenever someone tried to tell him the truth he denied the evidence and arguments that were presented to him. An example, Oedipus was mad at Tiresias because he said to him you are the murdered that you seek (721).
He refused to listen because he was blinded by truth of his own life. Oedipus had no idea that his real parents were Laius and Jocasta. In the beginning he was unaware of the truth in front of his eyes, and then he was forced to open his eyes to truth in front of him. Oedipus did kill his father and married his mother. He was the person responsible for causing all the bad times in Thebes. And because of his acceptance to the truth he blinded himself to not see all the bad things he caused.
2. Discuss the images of blindness and vision in the play. To what extent is this play about human blindness? What is significant about his and perhaps our own blindness and the language of seeing and blindness?
In the play we see blindness from different perspectives, from the family side to even the domination of the kingdom. The relationship between Jocasta and Oedipus was blinded by truth. Even though it was in front of them they could not see it. They both become conscious of the truth after several years of relationship and even procreated 4 children as a result. They lived a life of incest because Oedipus was blinded by his power and thinking that he knew and controlled everything. The blindness mention in the story it’s the kind that we see every day in people. We sometimes are blinded by our actions and we are not aware of truth, which can make our lives much easier by accepting it. Our arrogance keeps us always from looking over our shoulders