Oedipus

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  • King Laius of Thebes receives a prophecy from the oracle.
  • Your son will kill you.
  • Instead of killing the child the shepard gives the child to a messenger.
  • The messenger then takes baby Oedipus to King Polybus of Corinth.
  • My son.
  • Jocasta gives baby Oedipus to a shepard to be killed.
  • You are not Polybus' son.
  • Oedipus is on his way to Thebes where he is going to kill the sphinx but on his way he accidentally kills his father.
  • Oedipus receives a prophecy.
  • You will kill your father and marry your mother.
  • Oedipus marries his mother Jocasta.
  • A plague decimates Thebes but the Oracle of Delphi says it will end if King Laius killer is punished.
  • Oedipus finds the shepard and messenger who tell him about the prophecy, Oedipus realizes that he killed his father and married his mother.
  • He goes to Teiresias, an old and famous prophet, Oedipus, that he is in fact the killer he was searching for.
  • When Jocasta finds out she kills herself and Oedipus is so distraught and ashamed he gouges his eyes out and makes himself blind.
  • “What walks on four legs in the morning, two legs in the afternoon, and three legs in the evening?”
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