People are sometimes “blinded” from reality. Even though the answer to the question may seem very apparent, it isn’t to them. “Blindness” has multiple meanings and is seen in the play “Oedipus the King” in a couple ways. When the truth is presented to Oedipus, he realizes that he was blinded to the truth for most of his life. After finding this out, he physically blinds himself. Other characters in the play were blind to the truth as well including Jocasta. Oedipus was shaded to the truth of his own life. Oedipus didn’t have any idea that his parents were who they turned out to be, Laius and Jocasta.
He was oblivious to everything so much that when he did finally hear the truth, he would get angry at anyone who proposed the facts to him. As the story progressed, Oedipus was unprotected from the truth. He realized he was the person causing horrible periods in Thebes. He also recognized that he killed his own dad and married his mom. Oedipus was also literally blind towards the end of the play. When Oedipus acknowledged the truth, he stuck pins in his eyes. In the play, Teiresias specifically said to Oedipus, “You have came into Thebes with your sight but you will leave Thebes without it.
Since Oedipus had nothing to look at it required him to think about his life and everything that happened. He now had to deal with what happened. The blackness of him being blind acted as a reminder to what happened. I feel as if the blackness as well as the pain acted as the punishment for what he did. Hamartia is seen within the subject of Oedipus becoming blind. In every Greek tragedy, the end has a downfall and the tragedy is supposed to play a part in one of the main characters storyline. Hamartia usually refers to when a character comes to a downfall because of them not knowing something.
In this case, Oedipus is blind to the truth. The downfall is when he stabs himself with pins in his eyes that blind him physically. Oedipus wasn’t the only character that experienced “blindness. ” Although Jocasta’s “blindness” was different from Oedipus’s blindness, the affects of the “blindness” were the same. She thought Oedipus was dead and never knew she married her son. When the pieces that would cause someone to conclude such a thought came together she still refused to accept what had happened. She handled the pain in a different way by killing herself.
Hamartia is also seen within the subject of Jocasta becoming blind. Like any Greek tragedy, the main characters experience a downfall because of missing information that they should’ve had or them being ignorant. In this case, Jocasta had no clue that she married her son. The downfall was her killing herself. The last character that was blind is Teiresias. He was naturally physically blind. He had the vision of the future. He gave the information to Oedipus and this is when Oedipus blinded himself physically. The irony here is that a blind person gave information to someone that caused him to physically go blind.
Teiresias’ physical blindness led to the physical blindness of Oedipus. Two kinds of “blindness” were examined in this play, figurative and physical blindness. Irony led to Oedipus’s journey from darkness of ignorance to the light of knowledge. The irony is, when Oedipus was enlightened with the knowledge, he was more so darkened. The other irony is how a physically blind person, Teresias transferred information to Oedipus which caused him to go physically blind. Oedipus, Jocasta and Teriresias were all blind at the end of the play but discovered the truth.