Summary and Analysis: <i>Oedipus at Colonus</i> Lines 1646-1694


The chorus describes thunder sounding, and Oedipus announces that it is the signal of his approaching death.


This choral dialogue suggests a ritual conversation — the elders describing the blasting thunderstorm, appalling to hear, while Oedipus interprets its meaning for them and for the audience.

By this time, purged of his anger, Oedipus speaks in calm, commanding tones. He understands that the culmination of his fate is at hand; he has reached his resting place and will give the gift of his tomb to Athens.

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