Antigone

Tiresias Character Analysis

The blind prophet, or seer, who warns Creon not to execute Antigone and not to stick so rigidly to his decision to disallow the burial of Polynices. When Creon insults Tiresias, the seer prophesies that the gods will punish Creon for Antigone's death by taking the life of his child.

Tiresias Quotes in Antigone

The Antigone quotes below are all either spoken by Tiresias or refer to Tiresias. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Penguin Classics edition of Antigone published in 1984.
Lines 1091-1470 Quotes
Then reflect, my son: you are poised,
once more, on the razor-edge of fate.
Related Characters: Tiresias (speaker), Creon
Page Number: 1099-1100
Explanation and Analysis:

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These arrows for your heart! Since you've raked me
I loose them like an archer in my anger,
arrows deadly true. You'll never escape their
burning, searing force.
Related Characters: Tiresias (speaker), Creon
Page Number: 1206-1209
Explanation and Analysis:

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Tiresias Character Timeline in Antigone

The timeline below shows where the character Tiresias appears in Antigone. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Lines 1091-1470
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Tiresias, the blind prophet, enters, led by a young boy. Creon greets him and agrees to... (full context)
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Creon flies into a rage, cursing Tiresias and swearing that the body will never be buried. He accuses Tiresias of false prophecy... (full context)
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Tiresias now reveals the full secret he knows. He says that the gods alone hold sway... (full context)