Oedipus flees his home in an attempt to escape a prophecy that was given to him. On his journey, he kills an old man who turns out to be his father.
Oedipus arrives at Thebes, but it is plagued by a Sphinx who strangles anyone who does not answer her riddle correctly. He defeats her to gain the trust of Thebes whose people crown him as king.
The Priest tells Oedipus as the common folk watch that crops are diseased and people are dying and they want their king, Oedipus, to go fix it.
Oedipus believes it is his duty to return good life to his kingdom, therefore he agrees to undertake this burden.
Creon was a messenger sent by Oedipus to figure out why his land was suffering. He returns at just the right moment to continue the plot.
Creon says that he spoke to Apollo who told him that the man who killed their old king must be slain in order to return prosperity to the kingdom.
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