Why does Teiresias hesitate to tell Oedpius the truth of his identity? What is the signiface of Oedipus slow coming awareness of that identity?
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Oedipus is king, and has already in his life killed at least one man due to his pride and temper. Would you want to tell such an angry, powerful man that he has committed extreme sin? That he killed his own father? That he is responsible for the plague?Teiresias hesitates for a blend of humane and practical reasons: Who would want to give such news? And what about the consequences?That Oedipus slowly comes to an awareness of this truth on his own blends dramatic impact (it makes a better play) with spiritual/psychological realities: it takes a long time to accept difficult truths.
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