Day 2

Oedipus Rex or Oedipus the King Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

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    How do the symbols of sight and blindness emerge in the discussion between Oedipus and Tiresias? What seems to be the role of this metaphor in the play?

    With the entrance of Tiresias, a blind prophet, the dual metaphors of sight/blindness and light/darkness become more obvious, particularly in the interactions between Oedipus and Tiresias. Oedipus says to Tiresias: “One nursed by endless night can do no harm to me or any man who sees the light.” There is, of course, irony in Oedipus’ accusations since Tiresias knows the truth, but is physically blind. Oedipus, on the other hand, is sighted but cannot see the truth and refuses to believe it when it is revealed to him....

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