Blindness And Insight Essay

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Blindness and Insight

In Othello the Moor of Venice by William Shakespeare, Othello is blind to what is going on around him; similarly in Oedipus the King by Sophocles, Oedipus Rex is ignorant to the fate he was tragically born into. Both Oedipus Rex and Othello commit suicide at the end of the play because they gain knowledge of what they have been blind to throughout the entire drama and cannot live with what they have done. Othello cannot live with the knowledge that he murdered his wife whom had done no harm upon him; he was tricked by Iago. Furthermore, Oedipus cannot live with himself after the truth came out that he had murdered his own father and married his mother. Both of ...view middle of the document...

The theme I find most prominent in this drama is ‘ignorance is bliss.’ When a person lives their whole life blindly by the time they open their eyes and gain insight sometimes it is too late. Being an mindful and intuitive individual myself, I find it hard to believe that some people go through their entire lives not knowing what is really important in life.
Secondly, In “Oedipus the King” by Sophocles we are first introduced to Oedipus as a strong leader who is well respected by the people of Thebes. The turning point in this drama is when he overheard a drunk say that he was not his father's son. Oedipus went to see an oracle who told him,"You are fated to couple with your mother, you will bring a breed of children into the light no man can bear to see- you will kill your father,the one who gave you life!" (1.1.873-875) Oedipus is in denial of this knowledge, not only is he ignorant now but also behaving arrogantly. Oedipus is approached by Teiresias, a frail, blind prophet who says that Oedipus is the “cursed polluter of this land.” Oedipus is horrified by this accusation and mocks Tiresias, who retaliates by saying, "so you mock my blindness? let me tell you this. you with your precious eyes, you're blind to the corruption of your life, to the house you live in, those you live with-- who are your parents? Do you know? All unknowing you are the scourge of your own flesh and blood...." (1.1.468-478). At the beginning of the play the audience is informed that Oedipus has murdered his father and married his mother. Throughout the play, we observe how Oedipus is completely oblivious to this knowledge and how he comes to the realization of the truth. When Oedipus gains insight of his life...

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