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Q: what is the symbolic meaning of oedipus blinding himself in the play oedipus the king
A: Oedipus, king of Thebes, is confronted with the problem of plague in the city. Informed by the oracles that the plague is caused by the unpunished murder of the former king, Laius, Oedipus vows to hunt down the criminal. [ Slowly and by degrees, Oedipus comes to the realization that he is the murderer of Laius, also his own father, and that he is now married to his own mother, Jocasta. Horrified
at the discoveries, Oedipus blinds himself while Jocasta commits suicide. play about the drama and irony of blindness toward one's own faults tragic outcomes invisibly related to the "tragic flaw" (see hamartia) in the main character; in the case of Oedipus the flaw is a composite of hubris, pride, arrogance, rashness, impulsive violence ironic treatment of the popular idea, embodied in the myths behind the play, of the absolute impossibility of avoiding a fixed and pre-determined fate/destiny the motifs of the crossroads (where the original murder took place), blindness, and riddles hint at the reality of personal responsibility in the tragedy by means of the family tragedy, the play ultimately seems to allude to the tragedy of the internal struggles among the Greeks (in particular the Peloponnesian Wars) ]
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