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Themes In Oedipus Rex By Sophocles

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A prophecy of a boy who kills his father and marries his mother comes true in the story of Oedipus. Sophocles wrote Oedipus Rex, a play about a man who kills his father and marries his mother without realizing it. Oedipus leaves Corinth, the town he was raised in after being found hung by his ankles as a baby, and he kills his father, Laius, and his father’s servants. Then he arrives in Thebes and solves the riddle of the Sphinx, which he earns the ability to be ruler of Thebes and gets to marry Jocasta, his mother. In the end, Jocasta kills herself, and Oedipus makes himself blind. Some themes in Oedipus Rex are; to think before acting on something, to not be selfish or ignorant, and sight versus blindness.
An important theme in Oedipus Rex is to think before acting on something. The main character Oedipus says, “It is endurable that I should hear such words from him? Go and a curse go with you! Quick home with you! Out of my house at once,” (Sophocles, 484). Oedipus curses Teiresias, a blind soothsayer, because he thought Teiresias was plotting with Creon, Oedipus’ brother in law and his uncle, to overthrow him. Oedipus acted on impulse when he banishes Creon. Another example of Oedipus not thinking about his decision before acting on it is when he kills his father and his father’s servants. He killed everyone on the carriage that his father was in because they were trying to run him off the road; he could have waited for them to get past him rather than killing everyone. As a result of Oedipus not thinking before he acts, it causes him to be selfish and ignorant.
Another important theme in Oedipus Rex is to not be selfish or ignorant. Oedipus says, “Yes, lead him off. So long as you are here, you’ll be a stumbling block and a vexation; once gone, you will not trouble me again,” (Sophocles, 484). Oedipus says this because he feels like Teiresias is...

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