Blinded By The Truth Essay

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Jones 1Ja'Marcus JonesJennifer ChildENGL 1301 Sec. 3520 September 2014Blinded by the TruthThroughout my life I have made decisions that I can say that I am not proud of. Decisions where I was either disobedient to my elderly peers, not taking heave to warnings they gave me, or just feeling like I was superior to others. All which affected me in a very negative way, and also caused me to have a slight downfall as a young man. Well Oedipus, the tragic hero in Oedipus the King by Sophocles, had multiple choices that ultimately caused him to face a tragic downfall. Choices that I believe if he decided differently would have saved him from the agony, pain, and embarrassment he later faced at the end of the story. In this formal essay I am going to address a few places and choices where I felt Oedipus could have taken a different route. Places where he forced information out of people using his power as a king, places where he was too blind to see warnings, places where he was just determined to get what he wanted. Maybe if he would have decided to handle these situations differently Oedipus would not have had such a dramatic and tragic downfall.With the city of Thebes in a drought and the people of Thebes seeking questions why, King Oedipus sends for answers. He finds out that the reason why the drought has stricken the city is because the killer of Laius, Thebes's former king, has not been punished for the crime. Oedipus then seeks a blind prophet named Teiresias for answers. When the prophet gets to Oedipus he insist that Oedipus just forget about the situation and leave it alone. This is the first place where Oedipus has a chance to take a different route, but does not chose that way. The prophet says, "Let me go home. It will be easier thus/ for you to bear your burden, and me mine" (line 319-320). The prophet obviously knows something and is trying to keep Oedipus from figuring that out. Oedipus continues to question the prophet on why he will not provide him with the information. He even goes to insult and blame the prophet of betraying his city by saying, "Nothing? Insolent scoundrel, you would rouse/ A stone of fury! Will you never speak? You are determined to be obstinate to the end...I shall; speak my mind unflinchingly. I tell you I do believe you had a hand/ in plotting, and all but doing, this very act. If you had eyes to see with, I would have said/ your hand, and yours alone, had done it all" (line 333-335 and 343-347). The prophet is finally feed up of being insulted and blamed while still trying to protect Oedipus from the truth that he decides to go ahead and tell him what he wants to hear; or so we think. Teiresias tells him, "You would so? Then hear this: upon your head/ is the ban your lips have uttered- from this day forth/ never to speak to me or any here. You are the cursed polluter of this land" (line 348-351). Oedipus is then upset by what he has heard, and demands for Teiresias to be sent away out of his sight. Oedipus...

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