Oedipus Rex | Study Guide

Sophocles

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Summary

The Chorus sings that fate is unavoidable and mortals are doomed. It wishes it had never seen Oedipus, even though he saved the city of Thebes, because now he has brought darkness where he had brought life to the city.

Analysis

The Chorus states what Sophocles has written about in so many of his tragedies: human suffering is the only way people can figure out who really has power. The true power is not in their hands but in the hands of the gods, and they ignore this at their peril. Happiness is not possible for long, as suffering must come to prove to human beings how powerless they really are: "no mortal man is ever blessed."

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