Tiresias In Oedipus Rex

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Tiresias, reluctant to reveal what he has seen, advises Oedipus that he would rather bear the load of the fulfilled prophecy than "display [Oedipus'] sorrow" (12). Branded a traitor for withholding his knowledge from Oedipus, Tiresias exclaims that Oedipus sees nothing, even in his own home, yet blames him for being blind to the plight of the city...
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Having had enough of Oedipus' shortsightedness, Tiresias reveals the truth, simple and clean: Oedipus himself is "the abominable contaminator" (13) of the land. And Oedipus does not accept this. In Plato's The Republic, the allegory of the cave presents truth as the sun, so pure and powerful that it blinds us...
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