Oedipus plot chart

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  • Messenger: I cut the bonds that tied your ankles together. (p. 53)
  • Great Oedipus, O powerful King of Thebes! You see how all the ages of our people cling to your alter steps: here are boys who can barely stand alone, and here are priests by weight of age... ( p. 4)
  • Please help us.
  • Shepard: If you must be told, then... They said it was Laios' child; But it is your wife who can tell you about that. Oedipus: My wife!-- Did she give it to you?
  • My wife gave me to you?
  • Yes. You should go ask her.
  • I chose this scene because when he was a kid he was suppose to die while chained at the ankles on this mountain. Instead though he was given to a different family without anyone knowing.
  • And there we saw her hanging, her body swaying from the cruel cord she had noosed about her neck. ( p. 67)
  • I chose this because the reason why Oedipus kept digging into the past was to find who killed Laios so that the people of his country would stop dieing.
  • From this hour, go in darkness!" And as he spoke, He struck at his eyes- not once, but many times; and the blood spattered his beard, Bursting from his ruined sockets like red hail. (p. 67)
  • I chose this because it was showing how he is starting to figure out the truth and won't stop until he does. The shepard has all the answers and he knows that.
  • Theme: Don't question things.
  • Who were my parents?
  • Leave it alone Oedipus. The truth hurts me now, but if I told you it would hurt you the most.
  • I chose this as part of the falling action because Iocaste killed herself because she couldn't stand living with what she did. Also because her death contributed to the downfall of Oedipus.
  • I chose this because it shows how mortified Oedipus was with himself. He didn't want this and he felt like the most retched man in the world.
  • I chose this as my theme because Oedipus should've listened to people when they told him to stop asking and bringing the past up. Some things are better to be left alone.
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