Literature Analysis
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At the beginning of the play Sophocles portrays Oedipus as a noble person. He shows honest caring to the children and people of Thebes. “Indeed I’m willing to give all that you may need”. (Mays,1738) Oedipus goes to lengths to show the citizens of Thebes that he will put all his effort into fixing their woes. Blind irony is a consistent motif in Oedipus the King and due to Oedipus’s blindness to the truth it brings about his downfall. Though Oedipus is blind to the truth about the fate of Thebes, and ultimately his fate, there are those that are not. Teiresias is the priest he calls forth after Creon let’s known the details of his pilgrimage to the prophets of Apollo. Teiresias refuses at first to let Oedipus know what he knows and due to Oedipus’s hubris he pressures Teiresias into telling him. Oedipus then refuses to heed Teiresias’s warning. “I say that with those you love best you live in foulest shame unconsciously and do not see where you are in calamity.” (Mays,1747)