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Oedipus the King is a play that focused on discovering truths The central conflict in Oedipus the King is a quest for truth unequivocally Oedipuss journey for the truth surrounding his birth Although Oedipus pursues his journey for the truth with the anticipation that knowing the truth will allow things to be as they should to be right the play from the very beginning hints that Oedipuss anticipation of the truth is inaccurate Rather than presenting truth in a positive light Oedipus the King presents the truth as a dangerous force not to be reckoned with When Tiresias initially refuses to answer Oedipuss questions at their first meeting this demonstrates the dangerous nature surrounding the truth Oedipus goes on to demand that Tiresias reveal what he knows about the murder of Laius to grudge us nothing now Oedipus the King 1 352 Tiresias replies Just send me home You bear your burdens Ill bear mine Its better that way please believe me Oedipus the King 1 364-366 The knowledge Tiresias is reluctant to reveal of Laiuss murder has the potential to end the plague that has taken over the city of Thebes however Tiresiass refusal sends a message to the reader that it is better for Thebes to suffer than for the truth to surface This leads Oedipus to believe that Tiresias is bent on betraying us destroying Thebes Oedipus the King 1 377 ironically this claim has an element of truth to it In a way Tiresias is betraying Thebes and his choice makes sense only if the truth is more terrible than the possible destruction of the city Creon recognizes the dangerous nature surrounding the truth as well With this recognition he attempts to discreetly report to Oedipus after returning from Delphi When Oedipus asks Creon to disclose his findings Creon replies If you want my report in the presence of these Im ready now or we might go inside Oedipus the
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