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CLAS 203
Margaret Palczynski

CLAS203 Lecture 27 Notes  Oedipus Tyrannos (Tyrannos means ruler) o Shepherd from Corinth  Death of Polybus  Origins of Oedipus o The Theban shepherd o Jocasta’s suicide o Anagnorismos “recognition of the tragic hero that they are in the wrong” o Peripeteia “reversal of the tragic hero – everything goes downhill”  Oedipus at Colonus o Oedipus and Antigone at large in a village of Colonus sitting on a stone o Approached by a villager who tells them to leave as they are sitting on the Grove of Erinyes at Colonus, Oedipus recognizes the prophecy that he would die at the place sacred to the Furies for which he’ll be a blessing to the land o Villagers find out his identity and is horrified to find out that he is the son of Laius. Wants him to leave. Oedipus asks Theseus to come and villagers wait for the judgment of their king o Arrival of Ismene: the oracle heard by both sons that where Oedipus lies will determine the outcome of the conflict o Creon approaches to bury him at the boarder of Thebes (Thebes for Eteocles), Polynices gathering support from the Argives to attack the city o Oedipus curses his sons, pledges alliance with neither of his sons but to the people of Colonus, who have treated him well. Ismene volunteers to perform appeasing tasks to appease the villagers for trespassing the holy ground of the Furies o Oedipus offers his gift to Theseus and the people of Colonus. Creon arrives, says he already captured Ismene and orders his men to capture Antigone. Theseus comes and overpower Creon and gets back Antigone and Ismene o Polynices arrives (after being banished from Thebes) and speaks to Oedipus (through Antigone’s persuasion), Polynices asks for his father
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