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In the Prologue of Oedipus, where is a quote speaking about sight/blindness or...

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Posted January 29, 2013 at 11:39 PM via web

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In the Prologue of Oedipus, where is a quote speaking about sight/blindness or Light/Darkness?

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 30, 2013 at 12:08 AM (Answer #1)

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Oedipus is asked if he can see the fate of the people.  They seem to be accusing him of being a ruler that turns a “blind eye” to things that happen, and does not try to help.  Oedipus tells them that he is not blind, he does see their concerns.

 My poor children, what you desire is

known and not unknown to me, for I see well

that everyone is sick, and being sick,(65)

still, not one of you is as sick as I am. (p. 5)

He essentially tells them that he is aware of what is going on, and he has been upset and “weeping” about it.  He promises to help.

And that which my inquiry found our only cure

I have done, for I have sent Creon, 

to Apollo’s home at Pytho, so that he may

learn what I should do or say to save this city. (p. 5)

Oedipus has called Creon to help.  He is going to go to the Oracle of Apollo, the “seer” to get help.

In the prologue there is a play on the idea of seeing here.  This foreshadows the concept of sight later in the play, and its importance to Oedipus.  The people ask Oedipus if he can see, and he tells them that he is not blind.  These are metaphors, of course, for being aware of problems.  Oedipus needs a seer though, and has sent Creon to find out what is going on.  Creon goes to the seer, not Oedpius.  It demonstrates that Oedipus does in fact need help to see.

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