What Does the Reader or Audience Learn About Oedipus’ Character from Oedipus’ Conversation with Teiresias at the Start of Sophocles’ Oedipus Tyrannus?

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Oedipus as the new king of Thebes has to take on the responsibility of finding the murderer of the previous king and to seek revenge. He wants to do everything in his power to help his city and free everyone from the plague bestowed upon them. However, even though he wants to do what is best for the city, the audience may not think that he is acting rationally. Oedipus was under a lot of stress trying to solve the case of the kings’ murderer. Oedipus put his time in so the city would be plague free. Teiresias whom is a blind prophet was called in to help Oedipus. “All things are known to you… My Lord Teiresias we turn to you as our only hope” (9). When Oedipus first meets Teiresias the audience thinks the king wants to help Thebes from the plague and will do anything to figure it all out. “We are pleading. We are begging you” (9) Oedipus comes across as an innocent man and is in need of help and is shameless to admit it. “then- only then will we find release from our suffering” (9). Oedipus is seen as just wanting to do best for his city and he is desperate to do so. He is suffering with the people and wants to put an end to everyone’s suffering. He is regarding the people and himself to be equal. The audience senses that Oedipus wants to be the saviour not for the glory and pride but because of the kin within the city. The audience learns that Oedipus is a caring man, who wants to do all he can to help the city. However, the audience would quickly question Oedipus character as he continues his conversation with Teiresias. Rapidly, Oedipus’ attitude towards the blind prophet changes as he is told things he did not want to hear. Oedipus starts questioning what made Teiresias a “prophet” (11), suggests to the audience that Oedipus’ acted like a child because Teiresias said “Oedipus Tyrannus, are the murderer you seek” (10). Oedipus was not expecting to hear that he

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