- 1 Who does the Chorus believe Oedipus or Tiresias Why?
- 2 What is the Chorus opinion of Oedipus?
- 3 Who does the Chorus side with Oedipus or Tiresias?
- 4 What is the relationship between Oedipus and Tiresias?
- 5 Is Tiresias blind?
- 6 What three things does Tiresias prophecy for Oedipus?
- 7 Why does Oedipus choose to blind himself?
- 8 How does the Chorus react to Tiresias accusations?
- 9 Why Oedipus is a tragic hero?
- 10 Why is Thebes suffering from plague?
- 11 What happens after Teiresias tells Oedipus?
- 12 How is Tiresias blindness ironic?
- 13 What was Tiresias prophecy?
- 14 Why is Tiresias important?
- 15 What did Tiresias predict?
Who does the Chorus believe Oedipus or Tiresias Why?
Whom does the Chorus believe, Oedipus or Tiresias? Why? Oedipus, because he saved them from the Riddle of the Sphinx and they are not sure if they can trust prophecies. What arguments does Creon use to defend himself?
What is the Chorus opinion of Oedipus?
The Chorus is roughly like the peanut gallery (it’s even occasionally told to shut up). Sophocles uses this group of Thebans to comment on the play’s action and to foreshadow future events. He also uses it to comment on the larger impact of the characters’ actions and to expound upon the play’s central themes.
Who does the Chorus side with Oedipus or Tiresias?
The Choragos is the leader. He is the spokesperson for the chorus. Oedipus had to send for Tiresias twice.
What is the relationship between Oedipus and Tiresias?
Tiresias. Tiresias, the blind soothsayer of Thebes, appears in both Oedipus the King and Antigone. In Oedipus the King, Tiresias tells Oedipus that he is the murderer he hunts, and Oedipus does not believe him.
Is Tiresias blind?
Tiresias, in Greek mythology, a blind Theban seer, the son of one of Athena’s favourites, the nymph Chariclo. He is a participant in several well-known legends. Later legend told that he lived for seven (or nine) generations, dying after the expedition of the Seven Against Thebes.
What three things does Tiresias prophecy for Oedipus?
In the first act of Oedipus Rex, Teiresias predicts that Oedipus will be a sibling to his own children, and a son to his own wife. He also tells Oedipus that Laius was the man whom Oedipus killed on the road. Oedipus does not believe the words of Teiresias, and Teiresias is angered by Oedipus’s insolence.
Why does Oedipus choose to blind himself?
Overall, Oedipus chooses stab out his eyes as a way of punishing himself for his hubris and ignorance. In this Athenian tragedy by Sophocles, Oedipus chooses to blind himself after it is revealed that he has, as foretold by a prophecy, killed his father and slept with his mother.
How does the Chorus react to Tiresias accusations?
Finally, when Oedipus furiously accuses Tiresias of the murder, Tiresias tells Oedipus that Oedipus himself is the curse. The leader of the Chorus asks Oedipus to calm down, but Tiresias only taunts Oedipus further, saying that the king does not even know who his parents are.
Why Oedipus is a tragic hero?
According to Aristotle’s definition, Oedipus is a tragic hero because he is a king whose life falls apart when he finds out his life story. For example, a tragic hero must cause his own downfall; his fate is not deserved, and his punishment exceeds the crime; he also must be of noble stature and have greatness.
Why is Thebes suffering from plague?
The oracle announces that the plague is a result of religious pollution and that the god Apollo requests that the people of Thebes exile the previously unknown “miasma” (a word of Greek origin with a sense of moral noxious pollution) away from the town (lines 96–98) (2,3).
What happens after Teiresias tells Oedipus?
What happens after Teiresias tells Oedipus, “The accursed polluter of this land is you.” Oedipus accuses Jocasta of cheating on him. Oedipus accuses the Chorus of treason. Oedipus thanks Teiresias for helping him “see” the truth. Oedipus accuses Teiresias and Creon of treason.
How is Tiresias blindness ironic?
Why is it particularly ironic that Teiresias, the prophet, is blind? Ironic because Oedipus Rex becomes blind too. Oedipus keeps seeing things incorrectly as if he was blind, his anger blinds him. It would not be until Oedipus himself was physically blind that he would see the error of his ways.
What was Tiresias prophecy?
Tiresias tells him that his refusal to bury Polynices and his punishment of Antigone for the burial will bring the curses of the gods down on Thebes. Hearing this, Creon curses Tiresias, calling him a false prophet who traffics in poor advice and rhetoric.
Why is Tiresias important?
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.
What did Tiresias predict?
Tiresias says that Odysseus and his crew might still reach home safely if they leave the cattle belonging to Helios alone on Thrinacia Island. However, if Odysseus and his men hurt or take these cattle, Tiresias predicts that Odysseus’s men and ship will be destroyed.