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The Place of Death: Oedipus at Colonus

Samuel Weber

in Theatricality as Medium

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2004 | ISBN: 9780823224159
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235841 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823224159.003.0006
The Place of Death: Oedipus at             Colonus

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In Sophocles' third play, Oedipus at Colonus, only Theseus, the King of Athens, is allowed to witness Oedipus' death so that his death may serve as a gift to protect Athens. This event in the play gives rise to several questions that this chapter attempts to answer regarding why Oedipus had to keep his death a secret. This chapter focuses not on those questions themselves, but on what is involved in addressing those questions. Is “addressing” even the same as “answering”? Through Oedipus at Colonus and other plays, this chapter shows that answering a question is not the only way of responding to it. One must learn to ask questions not just about the obvious subject, but also about the other possible elements involved in a particular situation.

Keywords: Athens; plays; situation; Oedipus at Colonus; Theseus

Chapter.  7951 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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