Is Truth Best?The messenger tells Eurycide, “Truth is always best.”  Is it?

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Jamie Wheeler eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I agree that it is hard to think of a situatution where truth is not best, but I do think that we must be responsible for the impact that those truths may have once revealed.  Eurycide's suicide might have been prevented had the choral leader or others helped her absorb the information and its realities. 

Sometimes I think truth tellers can be self-serving, the "teller" relishing the trauma that follows.  (This is a long-time "go-to" for television soaps, yes?)  Following this line, I would think that Tireseas would be more pleased than sorry to discover the results of his "truths."


malibrarian eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Great points!  I was thinking very black and white about Eurydice - Of course she has to know the truth about her son.  But you're right...if the Messenger hadn't just blurted it out and said, "There you go, there's the truth, deal with it," then perhaps she could have dealt with it in a different way.  And yes, Tireseias would probably be very self-serving and say, "Ha, I told you so!"

Is it possible that Tireseias is even MORE prideful than Creon?

malibrarian eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Yes, it is.  It may not be easy or painless; it may end up hurting someone along the way.  But can you imagine living in a world of lies and deceit?  Isn't there enough of that in the government and businesses?  For goodness' sake, isn't there enough of that in "big-business" religions and churches???

Eurydice may not have wanted to hear the truth of what happened to her son, but she was bound to find out somehow.

malibrarian eNotes educator| Certified Educator

(I tried to edit the above post, but it just deleted the last part of what I wrote, so I'll continue here!) :)

Despite her decision to kill herself after hearing the truth about her son, I still don't believe withholding the truth from her would have been the right course of action.  The truth is always better than a lie.

Just my soapbox for the day! :)

Jamie Wheeler eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Yes, I think he very well may be.  "I'm blind, I'm a prophet!  Take that "kick me" sign off my back!  You are soooo MEAN!" :)