what may be the purpose and significance
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what may be the purpose of the interactions between oedipus and characters like tiresias and creon?
In another sense, the exchanges are often fiercely interrogatory on Oedipus' part: Oedipus behaving like a detective grilling a prisoner, desperate to find the cause of the plague (again, you see, he is - at once - criminal and detective himself).
And, perhaps, most simply, the purpose of the exchanges is simply to reveal the plot: remember that the plot of Oedipus Rex drives forward, but at the same time, drives backward in time. What I mean is that, as the play moves forward, more about its historical back-story becomes clear.
Specifically, Theban King Oedipus is the symbol of free will in that he believes in having a chance at outrunning the fate and outwitting the gods through his own chosen acts. In contrast, his brother-in-law and royal colleague Creon and his royal advisor Teiresias the blind prophet represent acceptance of divinely ordained fates for all mortals. The interactions show that the gods win because Oedipus presents himself poorly and recklessly.
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