Oedipus at Colonus

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Sophocles was a Greek playwright who lived during the 5th century b.c. The Oedipus Cycle is one of his most famous works; the trilogy of plays traces the ill-fated life of a noble blooded man and his descendants. Oedipus at Colonus is the second installment of the set. The play opens with Oedipus in a state of exile from his homeland of Thebes. At this point in his life Oedipus is blind due to …

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…because Oedipus is no longer the pitied exile he once was. Oedipus at Colonus opens with Oedipus in a state of exile. The people of Colonus, Creon, and Polyneices all initially view Oedipus as no more than an exile that is to be pitied for his past actions. With Theseusí trust and grant of citizenship, the people who interact with Oedipus come to realize that he is a man truth, whose spoken words hold power.