Oedipus the King is the tragedy that has often been translated and re-interpreted. In my essay I will answer this question by examining the relation of this play to the "canonical" genre of tragedy. The discourse pertains to the issue of philosophy, politics and philology. The tragedy will be characterized from the point of Aristotle’s Poetics. The major focus will be put on the discussion of the tragedy. (Peri Poieticës 45)
Sophocles's play, "Oedipus the King" is one of the most well known of the Greek tragedies. The play's interesting plot, along with the incredible way it is written are only two of the many reasons why two thousand years later, it is still being read and viewed. For those who are not familiar with the story of "Oedipus the King", it is written about the results of a curse put on King Oedipus which claims that he will murder his father and marry his mother. After reading or viewing this play, it is apparent that there are a few different themes, though the one which will be discussed in this essay is the theme of blindness. The theme of blindness is shown through the blind prophet, through Oedipus's blindness in realizing the truth, and finally through Oedipus stabbing his own eyes to the point of blindness.