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 he has
Episode three and the subsequent stasimon work in conjunction to give the readers a sense of the impending doom, while also showing that Oedipus is being set up for a tragic let down, and he is approaching his horrid revelation with joy and pride. This knowledge that the readers posses functions to compound the feeling of pity that Oedipus will bring forth when he suffers an agonizing moral defeat. Stasimon three serves to lift readers’ spirits to a false high just before the revelation, which is so perceivable, that will destroy Oedipus physically and mentally.
by Jocasta’s actions in the previous episode. However, the readers are
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Sophocles, Tragedy, Aeschylus, Oedipus The King, Impending Doom, Emotion, Oedipus, Tragic Hero,
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