September 25, 2005

Oedipus Rex

TEIRESIAS: ….The damned man, the murderer of Laios, That man is in Thebes. To your mind he is foreignborn, But it will soon be shown that he is a Theban, A revelation that will fail to please. A blind man, who has his eyes now; a penniless man, who is rich now; to the children with whom he lives now he will be brother and father – the very same…

Teiresias’s speech is indicative of what is to come. His foreshadowing plants the seeds of doubt in the heads of Oedipus as well as some others. This prediction seems to be in line with some of the play different ideologies: those of violence, family, loyalty, and the past. It is interesting that this prediction comes so early in the play.

It is also interesting to note, that prior to Teiresias’s confession, Oedipus damns his infantile predictions and calls it “abracadabra.” However, Oedipus is starting to realize the magnitude this prediction could carry.

Posted by KatieAikins at September 25, 2005 6:38 PM