Please join StudyMode to read the full document. Sophocles's play, " Oedipus the King" is one of the most well known of the Greek tragedies. The play's interesting plot, along with the incredible way it is written are only two of the many reasons why two thousand years later, it is still being read and viewed. For those who are not familiar with the story of " Oedipus the King", it is written about the results of a curse put on King Oedipus which claims that he will murder his father and marry his mother. After reading or viewing this play, it is apparent that there are a few different themes , though the one which will be discussed in this essay is the theme of blindness.
Oedipus the King? The play? For those who are not familiar with the story of? Oedipus the King opens in a Greek amphitheatre depicting the front of a Theban palace. Throughout the play, the setting remains constant.
In Oedipus Rex the theme of blindness and vision refers to the knowledge and insight or lack of it that the characters suffer. Fate is another strong theme. In attempting to escape his fate, Oedipus only becomes more deeply entwined with it — he is blind to and bound by his own fate.
King cc, also referred with the Latin Oedipus Rex, is an Athenian tragedy where Sophocles gives the story of Oedipus, a king of Thebes who has a hereditary curse and who consequently has to suffer the terrible consequences of fate. At a time when Thebes is experiencing fires, plagues and other forms of decimation, King Oedipus decides to act in order to restore prosperity and life to Thebes, his kingdom. However, through his quest, he discovers that his identity is contrary to what he thought. Apparently, in this play, Sophocles has used irony to show the way Oedipus struggles battling with fate and free will.