Oedipus Rex or Oedipus the King

Eye Am Blind 12th Grade

There is an old cliché which remarks that the eyes are the windows to the soul. Eyes convey meaning and emotion. They reflect happiness, love, fear, and pain. They hold secrets, reveal lies, and leak emotion. They allow us to see the world around us. Eye contact is the most important component in human interaction because it establishes a connection. This is why in literature eyes are used so frequently as symbols and motifs. Dating back all the way to 429 BC with Sophocles’ play Oedipus Rex, eyes and the concept of sight have proved important themes in many novels and plays both in the past and presently. One such novel is Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein which relies on eye imagery to demonstrate humanity and the character’s blindness of consequences. In both texts, symbolic eye imagery is essential to the development of them through both figurative and literal, purposeful and accidental blindness of the characters within and the consequences faced because of it. Sophocles’ play Oedipus Rex serves as the fundamental text for the use of different themes in many works, especially Frankenstein: a Modern Prometheus which mirrors its use of eyes and eye imagery throughout to better illustrate the humanity and actions of the characters....

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