Find objects, symbols and quotes to represent Teiresias. Find the role model, best movie, song and book he would choose. Describe him.The quotes should be by Teiresias and other characters. When...

Find objects, symbols and quotes to represent Teiresias. Find the role model, best movie, song and book he would choose. Describe him.

The quotes should be by Teiresias and other characters. When you describe him it should be morally and physically. After finding pertinent quotes, conclude on his character.

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readerofbooks | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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You question or request is a bit vague. I think you are asking for parallels to Teiresias in books, movies, etc. If you are asking this, then what you want is a blind person, who is sort of an outcast in society, that is able to see better than those who are in that society. From this point of view, a prophet in any tradition may be a good fit. How about one of the prophets from the Old Testament? Samuel comes to mind. Or how about John the Baptist in the New Testament. If you want to go to the movies, how about the oracle in Matrix? Or how about Neo in the Matrix, after he goes blind? He is able to see better.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Much of the answer to this will be dependent on how you see the prophet himself.  Given some of his lines in the play and his importance, I think that there can be much in the way of reflection and exploration to find objects or songs that represent him.  The idea of being blind, but still possessing "sight" might be one of the first worth exploring.  In this light, I would suggest that a pair of sunglasses, which represents a form of perceived obscured vision, yet allowing its wearer to determine what reality is might be a good object.  Another object to represent the knowledge of the future could be the Horoscope listing from a local paper.  "Teiresias' Fortune Telling" could be a unique twist on this and the astrological signs could be a part of this.  In terms of what forms of art he would choose, I think that he would like works of art where someone has to "gain" suffering in order to understand the nature of wisdom.  In my mind, he would enjoy reading Shakespeare's "King Lear" because of this.  The U2 Song, "Love is Blindness" could be another art sample he would enjoy as the song is deliberately obscure in retelling images of love set against a haunting melody.  Teiresias might enjoy this.  Another song that might appeal to him in trying to prove to Oedipus his human condition and trying to reduce his hubris would be REM's song, "Everybody Hurts."  It is something that Oedipus would not immediately embrace, but could do so in recognizing that Teiresias was right in the end.

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