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What is sight Is it understanding Knowledge Truth Can the sighted be blind Can a blind man see When the truth becomes too terrible does one choose not to see In Sophocles Oedipus Rex the characters of Tiresias and Oedipus form a complete contrast to one another Tiresias a blind man can see the truth about Oedipus yet Oedipus in all of his physical perfection cannot Although Tiresias is physically blind he sees the truth from the beginning while Oedipus who has physical eyesight is blind to his fate However in the end Oedipus blinds himself when he learns the truth and finally sees Both the characters of Tiresias and Oedipus prove that seeing the truth does not require sight Although Tiresias a seer is physically blind he is clairvoyant and sees more truth than the sighted Tiresias is A blind man who has his sight now It is ironic that the only insight Oedipus has into the gods will is through a blind man He cannot see the workings of the world However his contact with the gods gives him more knowledge and truth than any of the sighted can observe Oedipus demands that Tiresias tell him the information sent from the gods but Tiresias refuses knowing that the mention of such words would be detrimental to Oedipus Tiresias states Oh what anguish to be wise where wisdom is a loss The knowledge of the retained information is disadvantageous to so many people and yet Oedipus still demands to know Tiresias remarks If only you could see what lurks in yours you would not chide me so If only Oedipus were not so ignorant as to demand such information he himself would benefit He antagonizes Tiresias not only for the inf ormation but also because he mocks his sightlessness Tiresias retorted Im blind you say you mock at that I say you see and still are blind-appallingly Even with precious eyes Oedipus is
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