Oedipus part 2

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  • Where did you get the child that you gave to this man?
  • All right! His son, Laius, they said it was his son! But the one inside, your wife, she'd tell it best.
  • You, you'll see no more the pain I suffered, all the pain I caused! Too long you looked on the ones you never should have seen, blind to the ones you longed to see, to know! Blind from this hour on! Blind in the darkness-- Blind!
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  • Jocasta leaves and the shepherd enters. Oedipus asks him where the baby that he gave to the messenger long ago came from. The shepherd is at first reluctant to answer because he is scared that if he did so he would be killed. After Oedipus threatens to torture him, he finally starts talking. Oedipus then realizes that he did kill his father and Jocasta, his wife, is really his mother.
  • Jocasta runs through the gates and throws herself across the bridal-bed. She wails for Laius. Oedipus bursts in screaming. Oedipus then finds that his wife has hung herself and takes his own eyes using the gold pins from her robes. Oedipus then goes to his people and tell them that the gods may have chosen his fate but he took his own eyes. Creon, who has now become king, agrees to banish Oedipus and cure the plague, but only after the gods agree to it.
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