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List several examples of blindness and sight imagery in Oedipus Rex and explain why these examples create dramatic irony.   

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The themes of blindness and sight are key throughout this entire play, and of course feed into the dramatic irony, not only in the inevitable ending where Oedipus blinds himself but also in the way that the audience knows that he is the killer of the former king of Thebes who he is so desperately trying to find. This is something that is evident in the initial declaration of Oedipus when he determines to find the killer:

I'll start again--I'll bring it all to light myself!

Apollo is right, and so are you, Creon,

to turn our attention back...

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