Apollo and his purpose in Sophocles' Oedipus Tyrannus
Apollo actively intervenes in the fulfilment of Oedipus’ destiny through oracles and immanently in the
onstage action. Rather than to punish him for any offence, the god’s purpose appears to be to impress
upon Oedipus his existential insignificance. In the context of an ordered but absurd universe, Sophocles
emphasises the paradox of the moral greatness of a man whose ‘official’ existential value is less than zero.
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