Oedipus

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  • A curse has been put on Thebes creating a problem for Oedipus. In an attempt to fix it, Oedipus asks his brother-in-law, Creon, to get advice from Apollo.
  • Creon! Oh what news have you brought us from great Apollo about this terrible curse that has taken over us all?
  • "We must atone for a murder which brings this plague storm on the city."
  • After Creon tells Oedipus that the curse can only be lifted if the murder of the former king, Lauis, is found, Oedipus starts his own quest to find the murderer.
  • Tiresias, you must tell me more of this murderer. Who is it? How do I reverse the curse?
  • "You are the murderer, you are the unholy defilement of this land. The truth with all its strength is in me."
  • Oediupus, stunned by the prophet's news, talks to Jocasta, his wife. His news is nothing to her because she does not believe in prophets.
  • I AM THE KILLER!! I did it Jocasta, I killed Laius, I brought the curse upon Thebes.
  • "A prophet? In that case, rid your mind of your fear, and listen to me. There is no human being born that is endowed with prophetic power."
  • Determined to figure out the curse and the murderer of the king, Oedipus asks a messenger and a shepherd about his past.
  • Please, either of you, tell me anything about my parents or my childhood. Do you know anything that can help with the curse?
  • You are not the son of Polybus and Merope. I gave you to them after the shepard gave you to me.
  • The child was given to me from the house of Laius. It was prophesied to kill its own parents.
  • With all the commotion about the king it gets Jocasta thinking. She realizes that she is Oedipus's mother and Laius, the king, was his father. Disturbed by this discovery, she kills herself.
  • Oh mother, I am sorry for all of the unspeakable things I have done. There are no words that can describe my pitiful sorrow.
  • Later on, Oedipus discovers that he is Lauis's murderer and also his son. Horrified like Jocasta, Oedipus gouges out his eyes and is exiled from Thebes.
  • "What I have done was the best thing to do. With what eyes could i have faced my father in the house of the dead, or my poor mother? I have done things to them both for which hanging is too small a punishment."
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