The Story of Oedipus Rex

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  • The Oracle tells King Laius that his wife Jocasta would have a son that would someday kill him.  So King Laius sent a servant to go and kill the baby when it was born.  However the servant didn't have the heart.
  • The baby is taken in by a man from Corinth and is raised by him and his wife.
  • Oedipus goes to the Oracle and finds out that he is fated to kill his father and marry his mother, so he goes off to Thebes, where his real parent live.
  • Oedipus met a man on a narrow mountain road, and they had a quarrel over who should get to go through, and the man ended up getting killed.
  • When Oedipus gets to Thebes, he solved the town's problem by getting rid of their enemy.  Jocasta (King Laius's wife) married Oedipus as a reward after she learned that King Laius was dead.
  • Oedipus eventually finds out that the man he killed on the mountain was his actual father, and his mother is Queen Jocasta, who he married.  He blinds himself and Jocasta kills herself because the Oracle was true.
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