Blindness and Sight in Sophocles’ "Oedipus Rex" Sophocles’ play, Oedipus Rex, is a tragic play that tells the legendary tale of the misdeeds and mishaps of Oedpius and his family, King of Thebes. One of the major themes of Oedipus Rex is the issue of blindness, and its opposite trait of sight. For most of the play, blindness is literally represented by the character of Tiresias , a blind man who is a prophet who speaks in riddles when asked about the truth. Even though Tiresias is blind, he can see the truth in the play when Oedipus, an able-bodied man and king, seems blind to the truth. Oedipus continually acts as if he doesn’t understand or cannot truly “see” the truth in Tiresias ’ prophecies, and he and his family and city suffer...The end:
.....resias for being physically blind, he is unknowingly predicting his own future, as Tiresias points out here. Oedipus ends the play by putting into action his mental state of blindness – by gouging out his own eyes he is making a physical mark for what had been going on in his mind. It was Oedipus’ refusal to see the truth, from the very beginning of his and his family’s life, that caused the line of events that lead up to his tragic blinding and to the death and destruction of his family and the city of Thebes. From this play we learn that blindness and sight can be physical and mental, and that having physical sight cannot take the place of having a mental form of blindness. Works Cited Sophocles. Oedipus Rex. Translated by Robert Fagles .