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Oedipus the King: Episode 1 Stasimon 1
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"I say that you are the murderer you are searching for."
The blind prophet Tiresias accuses Oedipus of being the murderer of the past king, Lauis, and the one who is to blame for the plague.
How dare you!
I assure you that I only speak the truth.
Oedipus believes that Tiresias is lying to him.
"You hold no power or truth. You are blind, your ears and mind as well."
Oedipus thinks that he has rightfully earned his spot on the throne and that Creon and Tiresias are trying to trick him off of it. He also believes that Tiresias is not a true prophet.
Why won't he listen to me? I only am here to tell him what I know. I am not involved with Creon.
"When the Sphinx chanted her riddle here, did you come forward to speak the word that would liberate the people of this town?"
Tiresias tells Oedipus that he should not mock his inability to see when Oedipus is the one who is truly blind.
"You have mocked at my blindness, but you, who have eyes, cannot see the evil in which you stand; you cannot see where you are living, nor with whom you share your house."
Oedipus demands that Tiresias leave, but Tiresias gives him another riddle that foreshadows his grim future.
"This present day will give you birth and death."
Stop with the riddles!
Since Oedipus won't accept his fate, Tiresias tells him about the unfortunate future of Laius's murderer, who the audience knows to be Oedipus.
"Blind instead of seeing, beggar instead of rich, he will make his way to foreign soil, feeling his way with a stick."
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