Oedipus

Oedipus
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  • Baby Oedipus Injured  
  • Unknowingly Kills his father at Crossroad
  • Becomes king after defeating the sphinx 
  • Jocasta: No, when he came home again and saw you king and Laius was dead, he came to me and touched my hand and begged that i should send him to the fields to be my shepherd and so he might. So I sent him away. He was an honest man, as slaves go, and was worthy of far more that what he asked of me.(880-888)
  • Questions his birth and blames Creon for sending a lying messenger/herdsman
  • A plague hits the land, Oedipus is determined to find the cause ad end this suffering for his people. He sends a messenger to  find the truth and finds that killer of the last king is the cause of the infertility. 
  • Oedipus: " And then I killed them all. If it happened there was any tie of kinship twixt this man and Laius, who is then now more miserable than I, what man on earth so hated by the gods, since neither citizen or foreigner my welcome me at home or even greet me, but drive me out of doors?" (946-553)
  • Oedipus Finally Puts the Facts together and realizes the Truth 
  • Priest: " You came and by your coming saved our city, freed us from the tribute which we paid of old to the Sphinx, cruel singer. This you did in virtue of no teaching; it of god  that aided you, men say and you are held with gods assistance to have saved our lives." (39-45)
  • Oedipus takes the weight of his own curse and leaves for the mountains
  • Creon: "Citizen, I have come because I heard deadly words spread about me, that the king accuses me." (592-594)
  • You, Oedipus, are the cause of this plague.
  • Oedipus: "O, o, o, they will all come, all come out clearly! Light of the sun, let me, look upon you no more after today! I who first saw the light bred of a match accursed in my living with them I lived with, cursed in my killing." {1363-1368)
  • The Prophecy has come true!
  • Oedipus: "Leave me in the mountains where Cithaeron is, that's called my mountain, which my mother and father while they were alive would have made may tomb." (1636-1639)
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