Lilly Kardestuncer
Ms. Ballard
Honors English 2
23 February 2017
To See or Not To See
Oedipus Rex is a tragedy written by Sophocles, and was created for the purpose of giving the audience a catharsis , or relief from their own struggles by observing worse situations. In the story, Sophocles introduces the theme of fate versus free will in a understanding that fate means everyone is destined to have a certain outcome while free will means that each individual creates their own future. The author made this tragedy with the intent of agreeing with the theme of fate and not free will. Both the theme, fate vs. free will, and the literary device, irony, take part in the author's intent through the ultimate outcome of Oedipus' fat e.
The theme is supported throughout the text with the use of irony . Irony comes into play when Tiresias says, "But i say that you, with both your eyes, are blind:". This is irony because he he calls Oedipus blind even though he has two working eyes; Tiresias thinks Oedipus is blind in the sense that he "can not see the wretchedness of [his] life". Furthermore, his blindness plays into the theme because it does not allow for Oedipus to accept his fate and therefore makes him believe he is acting of his free will. That is where a second ironic situation happens; Oedipus refuses the prophecy and tries to make his own destiny but falls into the fate already predestined. This shows the author's want to show predestination; he incorporated irony into the story to portray the theme to show his intent.
Although many different literary devices were present throughout the story, irony was a major device that played a big role in supporting the theme and therefore helped with the author's purpose. The author used a great technique of using both fate and free will to express his belief that fate will always triumphs. Oedipus Rex is a great story to use to learn about author's intent while still learning new ties of themes and literary devices.