Teiresias is the blind soothsayer. He is always with a little boy who led him everywhere. He is the one who knows the truth about Oedipus's parents. Oedipus calls on him to find Laius's killer but becomes furious when Teiresias claims that Oedipus himself is the killer. Teiresias's words, however, prove true ultimately, suggesting that he is a mouthpiece for the Gods and an oracle to be trusted far more than the convictions and hopes of man. Teiresias is often represented as being part-male, part-female in classical literature.
Teiresias in the Essays