Oedipus Rex

Oedipus Rex
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  • A Priest comes and explains to Oedipus  that people are suffering in Thebes of fatigue, because crops aren’t growing, and because women are even becoming infertile
  • Creon explains that the oracle proclaims “freedom from this disease would only come when we should learn the names of those who killed King Laius, and kill them or expel them from our country.” Oedipus then insists only trying to find the murderer.
  • The blind prophet comes to reveal that Oedipus killed Laius. In this scene, there is an emphasis on how the prophet is reluctant to tell Oedipus who the killer is because no one will benefit from the information. After constant insisting, Oedipus gets the information he needs but is not happy with the results of the event. He becomes angry because he doesn’t think that he killed Laius, despite what the prophet says. Oedipus thinks that Creon and the prophet have framed Oedipus for Laius’s death so that Creon can take Oedipus’s throne. 
  • Jocasta comes and begs Oedipus to believe that he is innocent
  • Jocasta tells Oedipus the story of how Laius was actually prophesied to be killed many years ago by his son at a place where three crossroads meet and finds this all too familiar because Oedipus can also recall a similar event when he killed a man in a coach in this exact place
  • Despite his own knowledge on his own life and the incident at at the three crossroads, Oedipus still worries that he might have actually killed Laius and that he is the son of Jocasta and Laius.
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