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Foreshadowing in "Oedipus the King"

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Amelia Huba

on 3 April 2018

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Transcript of Foreshadowing in "Oedipus the King"

Those in possession of divine sight were quite powerful in Ancient Greece
The facets of prophecy appear often in Greek tragedies
Each facet appears and has weight in "Oedipus the King"
Seers were mouthpieces for the gods
Able to receive prophecies and decipher omens
Held the power of divine knowledge
Were greatly respected, sometimes feared
The Oracle
A place where prophecies or solutions from the gods were to be found
Can also be the priestess serving as the mouthpiece of the gods, typically found in a removed place
In Oedipus
Loxias, or Apollo, speaks through seers
Gives Laius the prophecy that prompts him to infanticide
Teiresias is the prime seer in "Oedipus the King"
Tells Oedipus the truth
Gives Oedipus the new prophecy- "This day will show your birth and will destory you" (Line 512)
Defined as an indication of what is to come
Commonly used in Greek tragedies
Keeps audience alert and interested
Ensures that the story stays with the audience after they leave the theater
Foreshadowing in "Oedipus the King"
Oedipus declares to the public that he himself is "a stranger to the story [of Laius' murder] as stranger to the deed" (Line 235)
This foreshadows, for modern audiences, that all is not as it seems
Oedipus tells Teiresias that he is "blind in mind and ears as well as... eyes" (Line 428)
This foreshadows Oedipus' loss of physical sight as well as ironically pointing out Oedipus' tragic flaw
Foreshadowing in "Oedipus the King"
Amelia Huba
An event or thing considered a premonition
Can be a good omen or a bad omen, depending on what it is
Certain people were able to decipher omens
In Oedipus
The oracle symbolizes the focal point of the story
Pushes Oedipus from Thebes, pulls him back to complete his fate
Serves as a constant, ominous presence throughout the play
In Oedipus
The plague serves as the main omen of this story
As in other literature, the omen serves as the original, prime agent of foreshadowing
Indirectly determines the future
The special quality seers possess; allows them to receive prophecies and decipher omens
Gives seers power over others
Gives seers foresight, although seers are or will become wise enough to accept their helplessness
In Oedipus
People can have some clairvoyance without being seers
Priests, such as the one in the opening of "Oedipus the King", often had some clairvoyance
Who else was clairvoyant, at any level, in "Oedipus the King"?
Teiresias has divine sight, or the sight of knowledge
Oedipus himself is in prime physical condition, presumably able to see well himself
Jocasta is able to see through matters, such as arguments between Creon and Oedipus
Oedipus' fatal flaw is hubris; he is too prideful to see his blindness
Oedipus fixates on the belief that Creon set up Teiresias
Oedipus is blind to his fate, which creates irony
Teiresias is physically blind, as Oedipus becomes later in the play
Jocasta is blind to her situation, apparently by choice
Oedipus/Laius similarity; on guard after her husband's murder; "King Laius pierced [his son's] ankles" (Line 680)
Oedipus' fate is, ultimately, inescapable
Despite all his parents did to try and prevent it, Oedipus fulfilled his fate
Remember: the point of the Bacchian festival was to remind attendees to respect the gods
One major message of Sophocles and of the festival: pain and suffering will occur when an individual obstinately defies divine will
Oedipus repeatedly chooses to serve his city and to "give all that [it] may need" (Line 10)
Oedipus chooses to avenge a king he never knew
Oedipus chose to curse the murderer to "wear out his life in misery to miserable doom" (Line 268)
Jocasta and Laius choose to try and avoid their fates
Jocasta and Laius choose to try and prevent their son from completing his fate
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