When Teiresias does speak, he speaks the truth. Why doesn’t Oedipus accept the story that Tiresias tells?

Tiresias tells the truth that Oedipus murdered Laius. Oedipus's pride (hubris) makes it impossible for him to accept this truth. It is easier for him to accuse Tiresias and Creon of telling a terrible lie about him.

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When the blind prophet Tiresias is brought to Oedipus , he shows great reluctance to tell the king what he knows about the murder of Laius. However, when the angry Oedipus accuses Tiresias himself of the murder, Tiresias tells Oedipus that he, Oedipus, murdered Laius. Tiresias then states that Oedipus...

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When the blind prophet Tiresias is brought to Oedipus, he shows great reluctance to tell the king what he knows about the murder of Laius. However, when the angry Oedipus accuses Tiresias himself of the murder, Tiresias tells Oedipus that he, Oedipus, murdered Laius. Tiresias then states that Oedipus is responsible for the plague in Thebes.

Oedipus doesn't accept this story because of his pride, or hubris. He thinks too highly of himself to acknowledge the possibility that he could have murdered the former king. He doesn't believe that he could possibly be the "sin" that is the cause of a plague. Instead, it is easier for him to believe that the story is part of a plot Tiresias and Creon have concocted to falsely smear him with a crime and take the throne from him.

Oedipus hurls accusations and insults at Tiresias, even though not long ago he had heaped praises on him. Tiresias responds by hinting that Oedipus has no idea who his real parents are.

The theme of blindness and sight pick up speed at this juncture. Oedipus insults Tiresias for his physical blindness, but it is Oedipus who is metaphorically blind to the truth and to his own flaws.

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