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Analysis Of ' Oedipus ' At Colonus '

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The ancient Greeks accepted the fact that their gods possessed the ability to foresee future events, and that certain people, seers, could access this information. Oracles, priests often associated with a certain god-such as the oracle to Apollo at Delphi-were believed to be able to interpret visions from the gods and provide prophecies to people seeking knowledge of the future. Oracles were a part of Greek life -many people, including famous leaders and common folk, consulted them for help when making difficult decisions. Many years before Oedipus at Colonus, Oedipus fulfills one of the most famous and tragic prophecies in literature-that he would kill his father marry his mother. Despite all the efforts undertaken to prevent this horrid fate, the prophecy comes true. Oedipus killed his father and married his mother, which drove her to suicide, yet Oedipus did not knowingly commit these sins. As he realizes what he has done, his overwhelming guilt induces him to gouge out his eyes and become an outcast and a beggar. The reaction when he discovers what he has done in Oedipus Tyrannus is violent and chaotic; however, in Oedipus at Colonus, Oedipus’s sense of guilt for his famous sins is more complex. He has suffered much for what he did, and he still feels guilt and repulsion. He is still too ashamed to talk about his past when asked by the citizens of Colonus; however, Oedipus has a better perspective of his actions through time. He understands that his intent was
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