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Oedipus Rex

Summary: Discusses the frequent theme of blindness in the play "Oedipus Rex" by Sophocles.
Spanning a period of thirty years, Sophocles produced three plays all with similar thematic qualities. One such production features "a noble man who seeks knowledge that in the end destroys him" (70). Although, the Athenian audience was familiar with the original narrative of Oedipus Rex, spectators still found joy in watching the play unfold before them. In the play, Sophocles demonstrates to the audience through the main character that blindness is not necessarily limited to physical blindness, but can equally afflict intellectually capabilities. Such as, he contrasts Teiresias literal loss of sight with Oedipus' metaphorical vision. Sophocles uses physical and symbolic blindness as a reoccurring concept in order to emphasize Oedipus' evolution as a character.

Renowned for his ability to solve the Riddle of the Sphinx, Oedipus exudes confidence as the play commences. Famous for his clear sightedness and quick comprehension, he ironically remains devoid of self-knowledge. Oedipus' swiftness...

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