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    Tiresias In Oedipus

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    affairs about leading major characters. Tiresias in Oedipus the King is no exception to this importance. Tiresias serves many roles in the play, among them, his place as a father figure and the "wise old man" archetype that is seen in many Greek Tragedies. He is an oracle and is one of the first to reveal the truth of Oedipus' fate. Tiresias also acts as a foil to Oedipus, revealing characteristics about him that the reader would not see otherwise. Tiresias and Oedipus' single, yet vital scene gives

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    Oedipus and Tiresias

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    Oedipus and Tiresias Oedipus and Tiresias, characters of Sophocles' play "Oedipus Tyrannus," are propelled to their individual destinies by their peculiar relationships with truth. Paranoid and quick to anger Oedipus, is markedly different from the confident and self-assured Tiresias. In the dialogue between the two men, Oedipus rapidly progresses from praise of Tiresias as a champion and protector of Thebes in line 304, to blatantly accusing the blind prophet of betraying the city in line 331

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    Sophocles, the minor character of Tiresias is responsible for foreshadowing Oedipus’ fate, developing the theme of blindness, and also illustrating dramatic irony. Tiresias is responsible for further developing the theme of blindness, by using his own physical blindness to reveal to Oedipus his mental blindness. Lastly, Tiresias is ultimately responsible for imposing dramatic irony because of his great knowledge of the truth of Oedipus. As a fortune teller, Tiresias is able to see the fate and destruction

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    There have been instances where being blind is not actually a handicap, but more of a tool to see things to a deeper meaning. Although the blind may not have physical sight, they have another kind of vision. In Sophocles’ play, Oedipus the King, Tiresias, the blind prophet, addresses the truth of the prophecy to Oedipus and Jocasta. Oedipus has been blind to the truth of the prophecy of killing his father and marrying his mother his whole life. Once Oedipus discovers the truth, he loses his physical

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    While Tiresias is physically blind, he can “see” all, including Oedipus’ fate. Tiresias is known as a seer. The author of the book The Seer in Ancient Greece defines a seer as “a professional diviner, an expert in the art of divination” and he then goes on to say, “There is no exact modern equivalent, since he or she combined the role of confidant and personal adviser with that of psychic, fortune-teller, and homeopathic healer” (Flower 22). Although there are many other seers in literature, Tiresias

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    truth. In both works the character Tiresias, a blind prophet, participates in the different journeys by revealing various truths to the main characters. While the main importance of Tiresias in The Odyssey is to show that truth can be helpful, his importance in Oedipus the King is to attempt to discourage Oedipus on his journey to find the truth because he knows the truth can be negative as well. The first thing that should be examined is the different ways that Tiresias reveals the truth in the two works

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    In Oedipus, he wanted nothing more than to help Oedipus rid the city of whatever plague the gods were hurling at them. Creon goes to Apollo's shrine to find out why the gods are angry and then brings Tiresias to help Creon see what has the gods angry. Oedipus does not want to believe the truths Tiresias is telling him and falsely accuses Creon of plotting against him to become king of Thebes. Creon is so hurt by this that he tells the chorus, "This accusation against me by our ruler Oedipus, It's outrageous

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    Oedipus

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    Throughout most famous Greek literature, a great hero usually saves the day. In the story of Oedipus though, the good man with one minor flaw goes through great pain. This pain in the play Oedipus Rex is the focal point for the whole play. Almost every aspect of the play builds up and foreshadows Oedipus’ fall from power, and entry into pain. Sophocles in his tragedy Oedipus Rex creates a mood of dramatic irony using the dualities of sight and blindness, and light and darkness. This dramatic

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    there are many references to sight, blindness, and seeing the truth. Characters, such as Tiresias, are able to accurately predict what Oedipus’ fate will be through their power to see the truth in a situation. Oedipus maintains a pompous and arrogant personality throughout the play as he tries to keep control of the city of Thebes and prove the speculations about his fate as falsities. Ironically, although Tiresias is physically blind, he is able to correctly predict how Oedipus’ backstory will unfold

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    Essay U3 Jaime Meiteen March 3, 2016 Essay Topic: #5 Oedipus is a freer man at the end of the play than he is at the beginning.  [00:07:38] Then tell how enslaved he is and how his slavery ends when he is finally revealed as the criminal he 's been seeking.  [00:08:02] It 's a painful journey to self-discovery that is nonetheless liberating. How can it possibly be argued that Oedipus’ freedom at the end of the Oedipus Tyrannous is greater than his freedom at the beginning of the play? There is

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