Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Blindness in The Divine Comedy compared to Oedipus the King
We first see the image of blindness in Oedipus the King as the blind prophet Tiresias can see the truth while Oedipus who literally still has his vision cannot see the truth. His stubbornness to solve who murdered King Laius leads to his downfall as he discovers his prophecy. Tiresias tried to warn Oedipus, but he was too stubborn. Today in class, we talked about how St. Lucia was the Patron Saint of the Blind. This makes perfect sense as to why she was chosen as one of the three women that look after Dante. Dante is in a sense blinded from the correct path to heaven. St. Lucia, attempts to help him. St. Lucia in The Divine Comedy plays the same role as Tiresias in Oedipus the King. They are both trying to help both Dante and Oedipus respectively find the truth. Oedipus fails to take Tiresias's advice. Will it turn out different for Dante?