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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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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.
The dramatic purpose of the prologue in 'Oedipus Rex' is twofold. On the one hand, it gives the audience and the characters the reasons why the city of Thebes suffers from the… plague. The reason is the unsolved mystery of the death of the city's previous sovereign, Theban King Laius. On the other hand, the prologue gives the audience and the characters the means by which the plague is to be ended. Those means are the identification of the King's killers and their punishment by execution or by exile.
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.
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.
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.
The brooches that were on his wife/mother's clothes when he found her dead.
That the divinely-defined punishment of Laius' murderer is execution or exile stops Oedipus from killing himself in the play "Oedipus Rex" by Sophocles (495 B.C.E. - 405 B.C.E….). Specifically, the killing of a king is an offense against the gods, and the punishment of a king is determined by divinely expressed will through oracles and sacrifices. The oracle at Apollo's shrine specifies the two options in punishing the guilty. Oedipus as king promises to see the punishment carried out.
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.
Blind himself is what Theban King Oedipus does. He discovers that just about nothing is what or whom he thinks. For example, his parents aren't Corinthian King Polybus and Qu…een Merope. Instead, they're Theban King Laius, whom he murdered; and Theban Queen Jocasta, whom he wedded and bedded. His daughters Antigone and Ismene, and his sons Eteocles and Polyneices, aren't just his children. They also are his half brothers. His brother-in-law Theban King Creon isn't just a relative by marriage. He's an uncle by blood. In fact, the two have ancestors in common through their descent from Cadmus, Thebes' founder and first king. All of this passes right before his seeing eyes. But Oedipus doesn't pick up on any of this. He's warned that he's fated to kill his father. Yet he goes right ahead and kills a man who's old enough to be his father, and whom he resembles. Likewise is he fated to marry his mother. Yet he goes right ahead and marries a woman who's old enough to be his mother. It's more than Oedipus can bear when he discovers that, in his case, appearances aren't deceiving. The man who looks old enough to be his father indeed is Oedipus' father. The woman who looks old enough to be his mother, and may or may not share some similar features, indeed is his mother.
That the brooches hold Theban Queen Jocasta's dress in place is the significance of Theban King Oedipus blinding himself with them. With vision, he knows of a rumor that he …is not the biological son of those he considers his parents, King Polybus and Queen Merope of Corinth. With vision, he learns of his fate to kill his own father and marry his own mother. Yet with that very same vision, he sees and does not process that his wife's dress covers the body of a woman who is old enough to be his mother. It is only too late that he realizes he should have left the dress in place and pinned, physically and symbolically.
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.
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.
Jocasta dies before Oedipus blinds himself in " Oedipus Rex " by Sophocles (495 B.C.E. - 405 B.E.C.). Specifically, Theban Queen Jocasta realizes first that Theban King Oedi…pus is not only her husband but also her son and the half-brother of their children. Incest is a blasphemous offense against the gods, and so Jocasta goes into the royal palace to kill herself. Shortly afterward, Oedipus realizes his true self-identity, goes into the palace, and finds Jocasta's body hanging from a noose made of the threads from her own robes.
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.
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What order did these events happen with Oedipus Rex a messenger annoucnes that Oedipus has blinded himself?
it was nasty how he killed his father and then married his own mother thats not right for one she has to be at least 10 to 14 years older than you cause she had to take care o…f you as a child so my mistake she had to been at lease 20 years and older than you so why would you want to marry your mother unless she was irresistible buddy that's straight sicking. anyways he explains that he blinded himself because he didn't want to face his parents in the after life that's why they were going to kill him but changed their minds. why? i don't know. uh mm Oedipus explains blinding himself as the act of barvery and cowardice because he didn't something terrible and he was afraid to look his parents in the eyes again and then bravery because it was better than committing suicide. I HOPE HE DIDNT HAVE ANY KIDS WITH HIS MOTHER THATS WOULD EVEN BE MORE GROSE.