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  • I'm sorry, but your son is going to kill you.
  • In he Myth, a prophecy informs Laius, king of Thebes, and his wife Jocasta that their son will grow up to kill his father and marry his mother.
  • Horrified, they sent the infant of to be destroyed. But he is instead saved and adopted by a couple from Corinth.
  • When the child, Oedipus, grows up, he learns of the prophecy. Believing the warning refers to his adopted parents, He flees in order to protect them. At a crossroads, he quarrels with and kills a stranger..
  • He discovers the city is being plagued by monstrous sphinx waiting near the entrance of the city, the sphinx poses a riddle to all those who approach and eats anyone who cannot answer it. Oedipus does so thereby saving he city and becoming a hero.
  • As compensation, the recently widowed queen marries him and he becomes king. Years later, Oedipus discovers that the man he killed at the crossroads was his birth father, The Theban king and the queen was his mother.
  • Filled with horror, Oedipus blinds himself and Jocasta commits suicide.
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