Passage analysis oedipus rex

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Passage Analysis

On the play, Oedipus Rex, there are several main themes. Where one of the most important is the relationship between seeing and blindness. As in many parts of the play, there isa character that is blind and can see. On the exodus, a messenger explains and describes the death of Jocasta to Choragos and how Oedipus entered a state of blindness. Jocasta’s suicide was reallyintense. The author, Sophocles, uses a strong imagery and a very extensive diction to describe the death of Jocasta.
The role of blindness and seeing in the play, symbolizes how many characters,including Oedipus and Thiresias, see but at the same time they are blind. In the case of Oedipus, he sees but he is also blind because he do not accept the truth. The moment that he do not accept thetruth, he is blind by disappointment and bitterness. But in the Exodus, he literally gets blind because he decides that he will ‘struck’ his eyes many times until he gets blind because he do not want tosee anyone seeing him with disgrace. As Sophocles wrote, and Oedipus said: “No more, No more shall you look on the misery about me, the horrors of my own doing!”. As Oedipus mentioned this, he wasstrucking his eyes many times until his sockets got ruined like red hail. Know he is blind, but he can still see what he did wrong and his regretment will last forever.
His wide diction is used tocreate a sense of horror because he wants to emphasize the suffer of both, Oedipus and Jocasta. Sophocles uses words such as clutched, swaying and sockets to describe how Oedipus and Jocasta suffered. Heuses clutched when Jocasta was tearing her hair, and by using clutched, it is more emphasized and more dramatized. Sophocles uses swaying in order to exaggerate her death when he wrote: “And there wesaw her hanging, her body swaying”. The author used the word: “sockets” to exaggerate and to explain how ‘deadly’ Oedipus was. He describe the process of Oedipus getting blind really harsh because...
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