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— SYMBOLIC LANGUAGE viction that

Oedipus was brought

different

from that of to be sealed

Kitvj^

l^ack to the place

to the mothers.

where he belonged,

How

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the end of Oedipus at Colonus

is

Oedipus. In the

removes him forever from

low men, destined

to

seemed whose crime

latter, his fate

as that of the tragic criminal his famil\'

and from

his fel-

be an outcast, abhorred though

perhaps pitied by everyone. In the former he dies as a

man surrounded by two friends

loving daughters and by

new

whose benefactor he has become, not with

a

feeling of guilt but with a conviction of his right, not as

an outcast but as one

who

has eventually found his

who rule there. home The tragic guilt that had pervaded King Oedipus has now been removed, and only one conflict has remained with the earth and the goddesses

as bitter

and

and unsolved

as ever

—that

between father

son.

The

chal principles trilogy,

between the patriarchal and matriar-

conflict is

Antigone. Here the figure of Creon, which has

been somewhat

colorful

tyrant of

Thebes

—one

two former

indistinct in the

becomes killed

the theme of the third part of the

and

He

definite.

after Oedipus's

by attacking the

power, the other defending ordered that the leiiitimate that the challenger's

his

tragedies,

become the

two sons have been

city

kinii

has

in

order to

throne.

i^ain

Creon has

should be buried and

body should be

left

unburied

the greatest humiliation and dishonor to be done to a

man, according

Creon represents

to is

Greek custom. The principle that that of the

supremacy

of the

la\\

of the state over ties of blood, of obedience to authority

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