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Sophocles Oedipus the King and Homers Odyssey both deal on the topic of truth In both works the character Tiresias a blind prophet participates in the different journeys by revealing various truths to the main characters While the main importance of Tiresias in The Odyssey is to show that truth can be helpful his importance in Oedipus the King is to attempt to discourage Oedipus on his journey to find the truth because he knows the truth can be negative as well The first thing that should be examined is the different ways that Tiresias reveals the truth in the two works In The Odyssey Tiresias is direct and to the point He starts by stating that A sweet smooth journey home is what you seek but a god will make it hard for you From what can be read Tiresias feels no need sugarcoat what he is telling for two simple reasons First he came willingly to Odysseus sugarcoating the truth would be a waste of time The second and more important reason is that he has good news for Odysseus relative to what has happened so far On the other hand in Oedipus the King Tiresias skirts around telling Oedipus the truth In fact he initially refused to tell Oedipus anything at all seen in such lines as Youll get nothing from me and Ill never reveal my dreadful secrets The important thing is that when Oedipus got Tiresias angered Tiresias bluntly stated that Oedipus is the curse the corruption of the land When Oedipus responds to this which will be discussed later he continues to berate Tiresias for lying Following that Sophocles uses Tiresias to foreshadow the rest of the play for the reader while cryptically half-hiding and half-telling Oedipus the truth which is essentially ignored The fact that Tiresias had to be summoned instead of coming on his own and that Tiresias attempted to hide the truth from Oedipus shows that
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