What quotes refer to darkness or blindness in Sophocles' Oedipus Rex?

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Two recurring motifs in Sophocles' Oedipus Rex are references to both sight and blindness. Sophocles uses the motifs to represent Oedipus's own blindness and naivete.

Sophocles especially uses sight to refer to the things that Oedipus should be able to notice, thereby contrasting his ability to see what's going on around him with his inability to see what is going on in his own life. In particular it is pointed out that Oedipus should be able to see the suffering that is taking place in Thebes due to the plague. At the very beginning of the play, the priest points out that Oedipus should be able to see their suffering in his lines, "You see how many of us sit...

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