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Tiresias is a blind seer in the play Oedipus The King by Sophocles. He is of noble lineage, and the Thebans say that in him "the truth resides more so than in all other men." (l. 355-356), which is why they worship him as a divine being. Even Oedipus' predecessors asked Tiresias for advice in difficult situations.

Tiresias enters the plot with the exclamation: "Alas, alas! How dreadful it can be to have wisdom when it brings no benefit to the man possessing it." (ll. 374-375). This already points to the conflicts that will arise, because Tiresias to think through his statements and prophecies very carefully. There is no doubt that Tiresias is telling the truth and knows it exactly. His first sentence makes it clear that he is already expecting trouble, since he fears that what he sees will not please his ruler at all. 

Even if Oedipus would immediately believe him and accept the truth, Tiresias' first sentence is not unjustified, because he knows from experience that the truth will hurt. However, this does not stop him from speaking the truth: "I say that you yourself are the very man you’re looking for." (ll. 434-435).. 

Tiresias confronts Oedipus as someone who actually sees and knows, breaking through...

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