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It was you we remember a newcomer to Cadmus town that broke our bondage to the vile Enchantress With no foreknowledge or hint that we could give But as we truly believe with the help of God You gave us back our life Now Oedipus great and glorious we seek your help again King Oedipus the greatest and noblest of all men is once again being called upon by the Thebans to save the polis from disaster The Chorus holds Oedipus as the object of universal adoration but is he really the greatest Theban king ever Why is it that the chorus neglects to mention any of Oedipus great contributions to Thebes except that of defeating the Sphinx If he were an excellent leader it seems curious that the only notable thing about his kingship was an act that took place fifteen years and four of his children ago Was it really Sophocles intention that we regard Oedipus as a good man Oedipus accuses Tiresias and Creon two innocent men of conspiring to dethrone him and take over the country Would a good man do this lacking any evidence but his own suspicions Would a good man wish his own brother-in-law dead when no one could even testify to his guilt Would a good man threaten a timid shepherd with pain and death merely because he was hesitant to reveal the harsh realities of Oedipus life Oedipus tale of meeting Laius is another troubling point In Colonus he states in plain terms that King Laius would have murdered him had he not killed Laius In his initial speech to Jocasta on Laius death he tells a different story It sounds as though he provoked or at least escalated the attack on him striking the first real blow instead of going off the road which was all Laius party really wanted him to do His earlier speech is not at all a recall of killing in
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