Jocasta and Laius, parents of Oedipus, are informed by prophet Teiresias of their fate with their son, seeking to avoid such fate they bring their son to the mountain, crippled and left to die.
A current servant of King Laius, soon to be the herdsman, discovers Oedipus upon the mountain, fosters the child and brings him to King Polybus and his wife.
Oedipus is retold his fate by Teiresias. Not wishing to meet his fate, he leaves his (unknowingly) foster parents and sets on a journey leading him to perform his fate, killing Laius and marrying Jocasta.
[In front of Oedipus's Palace in Thebes]: Oedipus questions citizens of their misfortunes. Oedipus curses the perpetrator and confronts Teiresias of his vision. Enraged by the prophets refusal to illuminate the truth, Oedipus accuses Creon of treachery.
Kind Polybus is dead, and the herdsman is brought to Oedipus. Oedipus's crime has been fully unveiled, he is broken as well as Jocasta, the two are torn apart as Jocasta hangs herself and the Chorus confronts Oedipus, who is pleading to be brought to the secluded mountain to die as punishment.
Oedipus has gouged out his eyes, his two daughters have been taken in by Creon who will now care for them as Oedipus is banished from humanity. [End]