By contrast, Teiresias, the blind prophet who made the prediction, lacks the ability to actually see, i.e., vision, but he is able to envision the future more accurately than those with eyesight. Without the use of his eyes, he is still able to “see” Oedipus’ past as well as his destiny. In this story, the blind man is actually the seer while those who retain their sense of sight are the blind ones who either ignore or deny what is literally in front of them. When Oedipus is told that he is fated to kill his father and marry his mother, he believes that Polybus and Merope, the couple who rescued and raised him, are the potential victims of this prophecy so he flees, believing that in doing so he is saving the life of his father and avoiding the sin of incest with his mother. Like his parents, who thought they could alter the will of the Gods by getting rid of their child, Oedipus lacks the vision to understand that his fate will be his fate, despite his efforts to change the future. In the story Oedipus the King, the contradiction between being capable of vision vs. truly being able to see arises throughout.
After leaving his adoptive parents, while blind to the fact that they are not his real parents, Oedipus encounters Laius on the road and after the two of them engage in conflict, he kills him, his biological father although he is blind to that fact. Hence, the