Monday, September 24, 2012
More Irony... or at least I think so
Irony plays a central role in "Oedipus", as Oedipus is blind to the truth, despite the fact that it has been in front of him the entire time. I found quite funny that a factor of Oedipus's hamartia is that he is impulsive and too quick to react without throughly thinking through his decisions (signifying how intelligent he is - after all this is what allowed him to solve the riddle of the sphinx), however when it comes to connecting the pieces of the puzzle together in connection to figuring out the origins of his childhood and who his parents are, Oedipus is almost "slow" in compiling the information together. Jocasta discovers who Oedipus really is long before Oedipus does, which is quite ironic considering Oedipus is so intelligent that he equates himself with the gods.