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What themes do King Lear and Oedipus Rex have in common?

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Both King Lear and Oedipus display great foolishness and pride in failing to listen to reason. Lear makes the fatal mistake of dividing his kingdom among his daughters while still expecting to retain all the trappings of kingship. He makes a further blunder by banishing Cordelia, the only one of his daughters who actually loves him, from his kingdom simply because she wouldn't profess her love for him publicly.

For his part, Oedipus also shows that he craves the power and respect of kingship without fully realizing its responsibilities. It's his overriding duty to protect the people of Thebes, which he certainly does in answering the riddle of the Sphinx. Like Lear, however, Oedipus is too puffed-up with pride to face up to the consequences...

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Blindness one of the main theme in King Lear and Oedipus Rex.Not just physical blindness but intellectual blindness as well.Both blinded by their royalty thinking they are superior to the common man.At the end both admit defeat to blindness.