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Why is Oedipus blinding himself dramatically appropriate?
Because Oedipus was figuratively blind in his complete ignorance of the truth about the death of Laius. In blinding himself, he becomes literally blind to parallel that. I think this is an example of Homeric justice.
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The brooches that were on his wife/mother's clothes when he found her dead.
One of the themes in Oedipus Rex is physical and metaphorical blindness. In Greek culture, those who were physically blind were said to have metaphorical "vision" and were mes…sengers of the gods. For example, Tiresius is blind, but is also a prophet. In the beginning, Oedipus is also blind, not physically, but metaphorically for he does not know the truth. So it is only fitting that when he uncovers the truth of his origins, he physically blinds himself, for it is then that he is able to "see the truth" as Tiresius had prophesied. Though the real reason that Oedipus blinds himself (not connected to the themes of the play) is because it was a belief in Greek culture that you would be the same way in the afterlife as you were when you died. For that reason, Oedipus blinds himself so he won't have to look upon his mother whom he bedded, his father whom he killed, and his monstrous children whom he gave birth to.
"Upon the murderer I invoke this curse- whether he is one man and all unknown, or one of many- may he wear out his life in misery to miserable doom!" -- Oedipus is evoking… a curse upon the murderer when the murderer turns out to be himself
In Sophocles' play Oedipus Rex, Oedipus stabs his eyes with his dead wife Jocasta's golden brooch. After finding her body, he then lifts and uses the brooch from her clothing …to blind himself.
Well, the whole play is structured around what, to its original audience, would be one colossal case of dramatic irony. Sophocles' audience would have already known the Oe…dipus story, and the very name "Oedipus" would be synonymous with sleeping with his mother and killing his father. That means that, even before the play began, the audience would know the ending. This terrific dramatic irony would mean that, every time Oedipus talks about finding the cause of the Theban plague, the audience would know exactly what the cause was: Oedipus himself. Within the construction of the play, there are ironies all over the place. As Oedipus killed his father on the crossroads, he felt confident that he'd left his father behind him in Corinth. Oedipus solves the riddle of the Sphinx (focussing on the way that time ages and weakens men) but the crown of Thebes which he wins causes him to become aged and weakened in just the same way. Oedipus is determined to find out the truth, and seek the murderer so that he can see him and confront him. Of course, Oedipus does find the truth and the murderer - but he can't see him - because he is Oedipus. Oedipus' response is to blind himself. Even Oedipus' name is an irony: it means "swollen-footed" or "I think I know", meaning that both Oedipus' origins as the Theban heir and his self-assured insistence on knowing are written tragically into his very name from the first moment of the play. PS ~ Remember that in the beginning of the play we already know what Oedipus has done, thus making it very the central example of dramatic irony.
He dicovered that he was the killer of Laius, the old king, and his cursed fate was true, that he did marry his mother. INSEST.
He killed his own father, then without knowing married his mother, and because of him the city was filled with decease. He sees himself as a killer, he feels like the …gods betrayed him. He was born to suffer.
Like most truly suspenseful and horrifying moment, whether in theatre, film, or television, what an audience imagines is far more gruesome than anything that they can actually… watch. This makes the blinding far more effective offstage. In addition, as all classical Greek plays were performed with masks, this made it possible for the actor to come back with a different mask to show the change and thus create a visual cue for the audience.
Because, as prophesied, he had intimate relations with his mother, although when this happened he did not realize his paramour was his mother. Upon his discovery of this truth… he declared himself an abomination.
Disconnection from the reality of a situation is what is dramatic irony in "Oedipus Rex" by Sophocles (495 B.C.E. - 405 B.C.E.). Specifically, dramatic irony refers to the m…isunderstanding of characters to the real meaning of their situations or words. For example, Theban King Oedipus says that he will identify and punish the guilty and any accessories even if they are members of his own household. He turns out to be the killer that all Thebes seeks, and his words remove all hope of pardon.
Theban King Oedipus doesn't kill himself. It's his wife and mother, Theban Queen Jocasta, who kills herself. Oedipus well may have felt like killing himself after finding ou…t that he's a murderer and a sex offender. But he doesn't do so. Instead, he takes the brooches that Jocasta had been wearing and blinds himself.
Oedipus heading a murder investigation and extending the applicability of punishment are examples of dramatic irony in "Oedipus Rex" by Sophocles (495 B.C.E. - 405 B.C.E.). …Specifically, dramatic irony refers to an incomplete or incorrect understanding of a situation. The description fits Theban King Oedipus' actions in looking for the guilty in the murder of his royal predecessor, King Laius. For example, Oedipus finds himself at the head of the murder investigation that ironically will prove him to be Laius' killer. Additionally, he extends the punishment of the guilty to all who have, but do not share, information and all who harbor or help the guilty even if they be members of the royal household. Oedipus does not realize when he gets so carried away with zeal that he deprives himself of any hope for pardon or mitigating circumstances once his crime becomes known and is judged.
He found out that the prophecy made at his birth had come true- he killed his father and married his mother, all without knowing he was related to them.
You could say Oedipus blinds himself as a punishment. He said when he found Laius's jiller he would punish him, when it was found out that he himself was the murderer he punis…hed himself.
Oedipus saw himself as the ruler of the entire world. He was a commanding figure that was king for 20 years and earned the adoration and respect of his people.
In the palace's royal bedroom is where Theban King Oedipus blinds himself. He finds the dead body of Theban Queen Jocasta, who is his wife and his mother. He takes the brooch…es from her dress. So they're what he last sees in the world.
I believe it was just an act of cowardice because he did something wrong and now he wants to make sure he could never look into the eyes of the people he loved again when they… met again in the after life. its all his fault that he did what he did and he can seem to face it