Tiresias represents the law of the gods, which is in conflict with the law of man. This is a major theme in Antigone by Sophocles.
Tiresias is a blind prophet of Apollo who discusses events in Antigone with Creon, the new King of Thebes. He warns Creon that his failure to bury Polyneices and his decision to entomb Antigone will bring down the wrath of the gods. Creon, who believes in order and the law of man, does not believe what Tiresias says. Tiresias says the following:
It won’t be long before in your own house
the men and women all cry out in sorrow,
and cities rise in hate against you—all those
whose mangled soldiers have had burial rites
from dogs, wild animals, or flying birds
who carry the unholy stench back home,
to every city hearth. Like an archer,
I shoot these arrows now into your heart
because you have provoked me. I’m angry—
so my aim is good. You’ll not escape their pain.
Ultimately, Creon is scared of what Tiresias predicts—that his actions will bring...
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