Oedipus

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  • Creon! Oh what news have you brought us from great Apollo about this terrible curse that has taken over us all?
  • A curse has been put on Thebes creating a problem for Oedipus. In an attempt to fix it, Oedipus asks his borhter-in-law, Creon, to get advice from Apollo.
  • "We must atone for a murder which brings this plague storm on the city."
  • After Creon tells Oedipus that the curse can only be lifted if the murder of the former King, Laius, is found. Oedipus starts his own guest to find the murderer.
  • Tiresias, you must tell me more of this murderer. Who is it? How do i reverse the curse?
  • "You are the murderer, you are the unholy defilement of this land. The truth with all its strength is in me."
  • Oedipus, stunned by the prophet's news, talks to Jocasta, his wife. His news is nothing to her because she does not believe in prophets.
  • I AM THE KILLER! I did it Jocasta, I killed Laius, I brought the curse upon the Thebes
  • "A prophet? in that case, ride your mind of your fear, and listen to me. There is no human being born that is endowed with prophetic power."
  • Please, either of you, tell me anything about my parents or my childhood. Do you know anything that could help with the curse?
  • Determined to figure out the curse and the murderer of the kind, Oedipus asks a messenger and a Shepard about his past.
  • You are not the son of Polybus and Merope. I gave you to them after the Shepard gave you to me.
  • The child was given to me to me from the house of Laius. It was prophesied to kill its own parents.
  • With all the commotion about the king it gets Jocasta thinking. She realizes that Oedipus's mother and Laius, the king, was his father. Disturbed by this discovery, she kills herself.
  • Oh mother, I am sorry for the unspeakable things i have done. There are no words that can describe my pitiful sorrow.
  • Later on. Oedipus discovers that he is Lauis's murderer and also his son. Horrified like Jocasta, Oedipus gouges out his eyes and is exiled from Thebes.
  • "What have I done was the best thing to do. With what eyes could I have faced my father in the house of the dead, or my poor mother? I have done things to them both for which hanging is too small a punishment."
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