In the beginning, in which Teiresias is explaining to Oedipus, Teiresias is trying to convince Oedipus about the danger he has with Thebes at that moment. This leads to the Prophecy being correct. Oedipus is bringing the city of Thebes to an end as well as laying a curse on the city. Oedipus does not believe him or the prophecy. This is because Oedipus believes he did not kill Laius, the father, Teiresias explains this to him through imagery by providing this excerpt; “You are pleased to mock my blindness. Have you eyes,/ And do not see your own domination?/ Eyes, and cannot see what company you keep” (Sophocles 37). Sophocles is stating that Tiresias may be blind and Oedipus can judge Teiresias all he desires, but Teiresias can still see through his lies that Oedipus bestows. Teiresias is more wise than Oedipus and Oedipus should trust him and take his word otherwise hatred and wrong is coming to him and the City of Thebes.
The irony presented within the passage explains that Teiresias is actually blind, but has the ability to detect over the wrong, whereas, Oedipus who can see clearly, cannot seem to detect his own lie. He believes his misguidance is legitimate when really, he is effectively dishonest to himself. Oedipus is absolutel...
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...l devices to explain to the readers that he may be blind but is seeing through the lie that Oedipus is living, while explaining to him the truth; this is explained through imagery, metaphors, an allusion, and ethos appeal. The imagery of sight versus blindness lead to his ultimate downfall. He is transparent to the lie he has created. Also the contempt and torture he has just brought upon this city. Like the prophecy says his wife will kill herself first, then later his life will all go downhill from there. Later prophecy actually comes true. First with his wife killing herself, then Oedipus realizes that he has done wrong. He was blind when Teiresias told him the first time. He then actually saw the irony in what he has done wrong. He later then actually makes himself blind and stabs out his eyes so he cannot see anymore. This causes his downfall and later his death.
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