The Most Realistic Of The Oedipus Essay

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The most Realistic of the Oedipus Trilogy: Oedipus at Colonus
Although Oedipus at Colonus was the second play in the Oedipus trilogy, Sophocles wrote this play last. Oedipus Rex was written in 430 B.C. eleven years after Antigone, Oedipus at Colonus was written 22 years after Oedipus Rex near the end of Sophocles’ life (Sparknotes). As Sophocles aged his plays became less about stubbornness. Antigone was a tragedy of two unrelenting wills, Oedipus Rex was about a man’s conflict with fate and his own stubbornness, Oedipus at Colonus had very little conflict involving stubbornness. it is difficult to imagine one’s downfall would come from stubbornness in the real world so to stubbornness the downfall of the main character is unrealistic. The chorus, instead of being solely a commentator was also more realistic because they were more like other characters. In Oedipus at Colonus, Sophocles made characters more realistic.
In the first and second play the chorus is used as a commentator who does not influence the actions of the play. In the beginning of Oedipus at Colonus the chorus has an actual purpose; they look to find Oedipus and Antigone who are trespassing on holy land. They also contribute to the play by singing to the gods in hopes of grant Oedipus safe passage.
The chorus displays characteristics that other characters would display. While looking for the trespasser, Oedipus and Antigone, they shorten their speech pattern and use commanding language and show emotion.…

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