What is a good thesis statement for an essay about the tragedy Oedipus Rex?Looking for some ideas to help get me started.

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This is a great question. As you know, the most important part of any essay is a strong thesis statement. In light of this, let me offer a few possible thesis statements.

First, you can write on the theme of blindness. This will be an insightful essay, because at first Oedipus is able to see and pretty sure of himself, but he is really blind. In fact, it takes a blind man to show him the way, Tiresias the blind seer. You can even make the point that the blind seer really sees. In the end of the play, Oedipus finally sees, but at this point he is physically blind. You can write a paper that argues that blindness is the path of sight.

Another possible thesis is to play with the idea of a tragic hero. Of course, Oedipus is a tragic hero. But what might be interesting is to ask whether any other character in the play has tragic qualities. Could Jocasta, the mother/wife of Oedipus be considered a tragic figure. If so, how? Aristotle's Poetics can help you here. You may want to start with his definition of what makes a tragic hero.


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