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The play "Oedipus Rex" is a very full and lively one to say
the least. Everything a reader could ask for is included in this
play. There is excitement, suspense, happiness, sorrow, and
much more. Truth is the main theme of the play. Oedipus
cannot accept the truth as it comes to him or even where it
comes from. He is blinded in his own life, trying to ignore the
truth of his life. Oedipus will find out that truth is truth, it is
The story is mainly about a young man named Oedipus who
is trying to find out more knowledge than he can handle. The
story starts off by telling us that Oedipus has seen his moira,
his fate, and finds out that in the future he will end up killing
his father and marrying his mother. Thinking that his mother
and father were Polybos and Merope, the only parents he
knew, he ran away from home and went far away so he
could change his fate and not end up harming his family.
Oedipus will later find out that he cannot change fate
because he has no control over it, only the God's can control
Oedipus is a very healthy person with a strong willed mind
who will never give up until he gets what he wants.
Unfortunately, in this story these will not be good trait to
have. Oedipus goes on with his journey not knowing about
what he is going to do next. Oedipus runs into some people
at a crossing on this journey and quarrels with them to there
death. After this, he goes along to a city named Thebes
where he outsmarted a beast that was cursing the city. He
received praise and joy. While gaining the trust of all that
lived there he quickly became King of Thebes. The people
loved him because he was such a great leader. He was such
a great king because he had a lot of love for his people and
would do anything in his power to make them happy. As a
result of this, Oedipus finds out that the city is in trouble
unless the killer of their late king is found and punished. Little
does Oedipus know that he is the killer of their late King or
that the King was actually his father. Oedipus will strive for
awnsers even though he has been warned not to dig to deep,
for he will regret it. Being the stubborn person that he was,
he forced everyone to tell what they knew about the Kings
death. Forcing and forcing more, the King found out all
about his childhood. He ended up with different parents after
his mother abandoned him at birth because of the Oracle
that they received telling them that there son would end up
killing his father, which he did anyway. Oedipus's mother has
the same blindness that he has, she thinks that she can
Oedipus was found to be guilty of killing the late King, also
his father. His mother, now his wife, was proof that you
cannot change fate no matter what you do. In disgust,
Oedipus physically blinded himself so he can never see what
he has done again and banishes himself from civilization
Sophocles uses the word blindness in many different ways.
He makes it a big part of the play. It is ironic that a blind
person can see the future and the real meaning of life while
Oedipus only sees what he wants to see and blinds himself
mentally of what he does not want to see. Oedipus is a man
ignorant to the true appearance of things.
Towards the end of the play things change for him.
Everything is too clear of what the truth is and he shows that
he is a coward by trying to avoid his fate once more by
blinding himself physically.
"Oedipus Rex" was one of the greatest plays ever written.
The major themes in the play were outstanding and it makes
you think about truth and how important and strong it really
is. The way Sophocles uses the word blind in the story made
it worth while. Piecing it all together made the play a lot
more interesting than most other plays. "The truth will set
you free" is a famous saying that Oedipus should have not
listened to and should have not looked for.
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Literature, Fiction, Greek mythology, Oedipus the King, Operas, Oedipus, Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus, Irony, dipe
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