oedipus

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  • PROTASIS
  • EPITASIS
  • CATASTROPHE
  • A terrible plague is upon Thebes and Oedipus sends Creon to oracle at Delphi to get answers. He finds out that they only way to lift the curse is by expelling the former king's murderer.
  • Wanting to hear the prophecy for himself Oedipus summons the blind prophet, Tiresias, who declares Oedipus himself is the killer. In disbelief, he goes home to question his wife, a messenger, and others to uncover the truth.
  • Jocasta and Oedipus both realize that the prophecy is true. Jocasta is Oedipus's mother, and he has murdered his father, Laius. After this realization, Jocasta hangs herself and Oedipus stabs his eyes out. He leaves Creon in charge and exiles himself.
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