Oedipus Plot

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  • Exposition
  • Conflict
  • Rising Action
  • The king and queen of Thebes have a child, but a conspiracy shows that one day, their son will end up killing the father. To avoid this, they order their servant to throw the baby into the water. Instead of doing so, he decides to just leave him on the side of the cliff, where a servant later finds the child.
  • Climax
  • The conflict within the story is the situation of man vs. fate. The story revolves around Oedipus trying to avoid following conspiracies, which leads him closer to his fate.
  • Falling Action
  • As Oedipus grows older, he soon finds out he is adopted, but doesn't believe it. He goes to the oracle, who tells him about the prophecy. To avoid those events from taking place, he leaves to Thebes, and along the way he kills the former king, who is actually his father. He then becomes the new king and gets to marry the queen.
  • Resolution
  • Oedipus finds out he was the one who killed the former king, who was actually his real father. He puts together all the pieces, and he figures out that he married the queen, who is actually his real mother, and he also had four kids with her. He was in such disbelief that he gouged out his own eyes.
  • He then banishes himself from Thebes, bringing along his daughters and leaving behind his sons to rule. 
  • Oedipus continues to live his life and roams the world as a blind, poor man. He is one day struck by lightning and instantly killed.
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