Oedipus rex quotes about blindness

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Oedipus Rex Quotes by Sophocles

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Sophocles - Top 10 Quotes

Oedipus the King: Top Ten Quotes

Sophocles certainly wasn't shy about the motif of sight vs. If you've got way too much time on your hands or want to write an awesome essay go through the play and highlight words like "see," "sight," "vision," "eyes," and "blind. The Oracle of Shmoop predicts that your highlighter will run out of ink, and your book will end up looking like a neon patchwork quilt. Though this motif of seeing and not seeing is laced throughout the beginning of the play, it first becomes crystal clear when the prophet Teiresias hobbles on stage. If one of Sophocles' ancient audience members missed the irony in this episode, he must've visited the wine stand a few too many times. Teiresias is literally blind, but he can see clearly the horror that is Oedipus' past, present, and future. Oedipus' eyes work just fine, but unfortunately he's completely blind to the dreadful fate the gods have placed upon him.

The play was first performed around BCE and is part of a trilogy of plays which also include Antigone and Oedipus at Colonus.
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When Oedipus publicly declares his intention to solve the mystery of King Laius's murder, he says, "I'll start again—I'll bring it all to light myself. But he is blind to the truth about his own life. It takes the blind prophet, Tiresias , to point out his ignorance and to plant the first seeds of doubt in Oedipus's mind. When Oedipus mocks Tiresias's blindness, Tiresias predicts that Oedipus himself will soon be blind. And indeed, when Oedipus learns the full story—that he has killed his father and married his mother—he gouges out his eyes. He learns the nature of fate and the power of the gods, but at a great cost.

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You have your eyes but see not where you are in sin, nor where you live, nor whom you live with. Whatsoever escapes the night at last the light of day revisits Lines and King Phoebus fittingly took this care about the dead, and you too fittingly" Lines Teiresias "I say that with those you love best you live in the foulest shame unconsciously and do not swe where you are in calamity. Shall drive you forth out of this land, with darkness on your eyes, that now have such straight vision. It has, but not for you; it has no strength for you because you are blind in mind and ears as well as in your eyes.


  1. Chloe H. says:

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  2. Anouk D. says:

    The quote describes how although not physically, Oedipus is blind to the of Laios, the king before Oedipus, that the city will be rid of plague.

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