Oedipus Rex

Oedipus Rex

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  • My children, [...] what means this odor of incense and everywhere laments and cries.
  • Armed with his blazing torch the God of Plague has swooped down upon is, emptying the city of Cadmus.
  • What message have you brought us from the god?
  • Let me report then all the god declared: banishment, or the shedding of blood for blood. a sin of blood makes shipwreck of out state. king laius [...] was killed; and now the god's command is plain: punish his murderers, whoever they may be.
  • For shame! no true-born thebian patriot would thus withhold the word of prophecy.
  • Let me go home; it's best for you to bear your burden and I mine.
  • Oedipus​ asks why the common people are upset, and he learns that there is a plague.
  • I say you are the murderer of the man whose killer you pursue [...] I say you live with your nearest kin in infamy, ignorant of your shame.
  • Creon tells Oedipus​ how to get rid of the plague.
  • if you hadn't prompted him, the seer never would have accused me of killing lauis
  • would any mortal choose a troubled reign? if the same power were given him? as for me, i have no natural craving to the name of king, preferring to fo the deeds of a king
  • Teriresias doesn't want to tell Oedipus what he knows, but Oedipus​ makes him.
  • It's a dead premonition​ that in the end the seer will prove not blind. one further question to resolve my doubt.
  • Here is the proof in belief. An oracle once came to Lauis [...] declaring he was doomed to perish by the hand of his own son, a child that should be born to him to me. Now Lauis- so at least report affirmed- was murdered one day by highwaymen, no natives, at a spot where three roads meet.
  • Teriresias tells Oedipus exactly what's happening and he still doesn't believe it.
  • Oedipus confronts Creon for a treason that he didn't commit, and Creon uses reason to prove himself innocent.
  • Jocasta tells Oedipus where Oedipus​ was killed, and Oedipus begins to connect the dots.
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