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In the third stasimon of Oedipus the King the chorus sings of praise and joy for the imminent revelation of Oedipus's true parents. This seemingly joyous occasion is being celebrated because Oedipus will now know who his mother and father truly are, and this will shed new light on the prophecy that has plagued him his whole life. Oedipus is under the impression that he will soon receive affirmation of his humble and lowly origins and take pride in his meteoric rise to power. The chorus serves to raise Oedipus up in honor and rejoice at, what appears to be, his great fortune and triumph over the ominous prophecies that h

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