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The Role Of Tiresias within the Play Oedipus Rex Characters in a play serve the purpose of giving the reader a story Without characters there is no story Every character has a purpose Some characters have a strong role moving with intent and design while playing upon the personality and desire of other characters In the play Oedipus Rex by Sophocles the character Tiresias acts as a guide within the plot He holds the key to advancement and seemingly controls the final outcome of many of the characters lives Tiresias serves the purpose of motivating and propelling the main character Oedipus through the story Through values such as truth knowledge and faith Tiresias controls the fate of Oedipus the King Tiresias is a blind soothsayer or rather a prophet As a prophet Tiresias is ordained to tell the truth Along with his prophetic insight comes the responsibility and obligation to tell the truth in any circumstance He claims that the truth has power p 25 Knox Tiresias uses this power of truth to control Oedipus fate He reveals a truth to Oedipus that will change his life forever Tiresias tells Oedipus that the truth with all its strength is in him p 23 meaning its a part of who he is and he can not escape it When Oedipus pressures Tiresias to tell him the prophecy Tiresias becomes enraged and can only comply with Oedipus by telling him that he will kill his father and marry his mother Oedipus does not believe Tiresias at first but then tries to escape the truth with the hope of rewriting prophetic history The very thing Oedipus tries to run away from he ends up running right into He runs headlong into the fulfillment of the prophecy After finding out who he thought were his parents were indeed not his parents after all Oedipus begins a terrible journey into the truth He soon learns that Tiresias
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