The Myth of Oedipus

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  • King Laios and Queen Jocasta, who lived in Thebes, gave their newborn son to a shepherd who was told to abandon the baby because an oracle told them their son would kill his father and marry his mother.
  • The shepherd gave the baby to a Corinthian shepherd who gave the baby to the king and queen of Corinth.
  • Oedipus wanted to run away from Corinth so he ran to Thebes. On his journey he encountered a man and killed him as he began to enter Thebes.
  • Oedipus was praised as he entered Thebes and immediately became the king, as the old king died years before. He then married Queen Jocasta and had four children.
  • A plague had swept Thebes by a curse and Oedipus wanted to know who had put the curse on Thebes. Oedipus sent Creon, Queen Jocasta's brother, to an oracle to find out what the cause of the plague was.
  • Oedipus questions the blind prophet, Teiresia and was told the killer of the king was the cause of the plague.  Oedipus then realized that the man on the road was King Laios and that he was the one who killed him. Oedipus did in fact, kill his father and marry his mother..
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