Tiresias Accuses Oedipus, “You See and Still Are Blind. to What Extent Does Oedipus Choose to Be Blind”

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Blindness is in all people ,even if one has the ability to “see”. Many people, however, try to avoid “seeing” the truth any way possible,or even try to put any effort in understanding it. In Sophocles' Oedipus The King, Tiresias reveals the side of physical blindness and the arrogant blindness of Oedipus,foreshadowing Oedipus' fate and the realization that being blinded by the truth can only last to a certain extent.

Tiresias, a soothsayer, is able to see the destiny and destruction of Oedipus' life. Tiresias uses his knowledge to uncover Oedipus' downfalls, which demonstrates his arrogance when attempting to learn the truth. “ You have mocked at my blindness, but you, who have eyes, cannot see the evil in which you stand”( Sophocles 25). Oedipus' eyes are fully functional, however, he is “blind to the horrors of his own life. Tiresias tells Oedipus his destiny, yet Oedipus lacks the foresight to understand the truth. Oedipus accuses Tiresias, “You have no power or truth. You are blind, your ears and mind as well as your eyes”(Sophocles 23). Oedipus has the ability “see” however, he does not choose to listen to any truth that is spoken by Tiresias, which proves Oedipus' arrogance. Tiresias is the only person who can actually “see” and understand the truth about Oedipus. Oedipus is shocked and does not bother with what Tiresias has to say. “[He] won't listen to this sort of talk from [Tiresias]”(Sophocles 25). Oedipus does not believe what is spoken to him and thinks it is rather meaningless. Tiresias, the blind prophet, understands fully what he is saying whereas, Oedipus, the one who can actually “see”, does not try to put in any effort in understanding the truth.

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Blindness, in this play, takes part in many ironic situations that foreshadows Oedipus fate. “ I am what I am—a fool to you, so it seems, but the parents who brought you into the world [teaches] me sensible enough” (Sophocles 26). Tiresias is sent by Oedipus to gain further...
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