What are some examples of sight and blindness and light and darkness in Sophocles's Oedipus Rex?

Some examples of sight and blindness and light and darkness in Oedipus Rex are that the same gods are responsible for bringing both light and darkness, dictating the entire course of events within the play, and that it is only when Oedipus goes into darkness that Thebes can be restored. Similarly, Teiresias, the blind prophet, has knowledge Oedipus himself is ignorant of. This knowledge will later drive Oedipus to blind himself in horror.

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One type of sight that Oedipus steadfastly refuses to employ throughout Sophocles's Oedipus Rex is introspection. Oedipus refuses to look inside himself for answers to the questions affecting himself or the people of Thebes. The insight for which Oedipus is famous and that allowed him to solve the riddle of the Sphinx and rule the people of Thebes is extended to others and to situations outside himself, but he never directs it towards himself.

Oedipus's pride drives him to find Laius's murderer in order to prove himself to the people of Thebes and show them that he's the "world-renowned king" that he says he is. Once Oedipus starts searching in earnest for Laius's murderer, Oedipus never asks himself why he's so determined to solve the mystery, or what effect his prideful obsession with solving the mystery will have on himself or others.

Oedipus's pride simply won't allow him to look for answers to Laius's death anywhere but outside himself. His pride won't let him consider for even a moment...

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