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Oedipus The Blind Truth The use of imagery of vision and blindness are prevalent throughout Sophocles Oedipus the King Tiresias the prophet that Oedipus seeks out for guidance on the blight of the city is blind but able to see and understand the truth of Oedipuss future while Oedipus has the sense of sight but is blind to the truth right before him I found that the Chorus of the play also displays references to vision and blindness in their terror and fascination of the truth of Oedipus fate The first lines spoken in the play by Tiresias read as follows How terrible to see the truth when the truth is only pain to him who sees I knew it well but I put it from my mind else I never would have come p 608 ll 359-362 It is my belief that this statement from Tiresias shows that even though he is blind he knows the truth and also knows that this truth will cause great pain to those who do see When Oedipus mocks and scorns the words of Tiresias Tiresias states you mock my blindness Let me tell you this You with your precious eyes youre blind to the corruption of your life to the house you live in those you live with -- who are your parents Do you know All unknowing you are the scourge of your own flesh and blood the dead below the earth and the living here above and the double lash of your mother and your fathers curse will whip you from this land one day their footfall treading you down in terror darkness shrouding your eyes that now can see the light p 611 ll 470-478 Tiresias is again telling Oedipus that the truth he seeks is set out right before him if he will only look for it I also believe that in
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