17 November 2017
To see is to Believe
Oedipus the King is a tragedy written by Sophocles. The story follows Oedipus’ reign as king of Thebes and the plague that terrorizes his city. He is forced to go on a journey to find the cause of this plague only to find himself as the center of it all. The metaphor of blindness played a major role throughout the story. It is used to symbolize Tiresias, and Oedipus’ ignorance of his past.
In the story, the plague was casted upon by the gods because the person who murdered the late king Laius was in the city of Thebes. The murdered must be cast out of the city in order for the plague to be lifted. On his search for the murderer, Oedipus seeks help from a blind seer named Tiresias. Tiresias is describes as an old blind man. As a seer, he sees the future and is ironic because he is physically blind. He knows the crime committed by Oedipus in the past and aware of the upcoming doom that awaits Oedipus. Tiresias, though blind, can see what is inside a person. Other people see Oedipus as a noble king, but to Tiresias, he is a murderer.
Before he was king of Thebes, Oedipus was the one who saved the city from the terror caused by the Sphinx. By answering the riddle asked by the Sphinx, he owned the people’s heart and was crowned king of Thebes. Throughout the story, Oedipus believed that he owned his kingship by...