Oedipus

Oedipus
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  • ¨Upon a baby on the side of Mount Cithaeron, near Thebes. He freed the baby's ankles, which were pinned together, and gave the baby to Polybus to raise as a gift.¨
  • ¨Was murdered on a day by highwaymen,No natives, at a spot where three roads meet.¨
  • ¨Children, young sons, and daughters... I did not think it fit that I should hear.. I Oedipus whom all men call the Great.
  • Laius is informed of a prophecy that his son will kill him and then marry his mother. Laius and Jocasta, from Thebes, send their newborn son away to avoid the prophecy from happening.  A shepherd gives Oedipus to Polybus and Merope, from Corinth.
  • Oedipus leaves Corinth to stop the prophecy from occurring. Along the way, on his journey, he comes across a man. They get into an altercation, and Oedipus kills him. 
  • ¨I stabbed these eyes. Why should I have eyes? Why, when nothing I saw was worth seeing? Nothing.
  • Oedipus arrives at Thebes and cures the city from the sphinx. All of the citizens view him as a hero, and he becomes king. 
  • ¨So, I command you ... to her that lies inside that house you give burial as you would have it ...¨
  • Oedipus discovers the full truth of what has been going on. He realises that he did not steer clear of the outcomes of the prophecy. 
  • ¨I who first saw the light bred of a match accursed, and accursed in my living with them I lived with, cursed in my killing.¨
  • After coming to terms with the truth, Jocasta commits suicide and Oedipus stabs both of his eyes with pins. 
  • Since Oedipus is getting banned Creon becomes king. He asks Creon for two favors concerning Jocasta and their two daughters. 
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