You shall marry your own mother and shed your father’s blood with your own hands!
Iocaste's desperate realization
It was the Shepard who brought you to me
Ah, miserable! That’s the only word I have now. That is the only word I can ever have.
Iocaste's death and Oedipus's repentance
“No more, no more shall you look at the misery about me, the horrors of my own doing!
Oedipus discovers from Apollo the future miseries of his life, including that he was to kill his father and marry his mother. Oedipus is so shaken by these truths that he attempts to flee from his family and create a rich, prosperous and respectable life for himself.
Citizens' new perception of Oedipus
"Men of Thebes: look upon Oedipus. This is the king who...towered up, most powerful of men...Yet in the end ruin swept over him."
Iocaste gradually discovers the truth that Oedipus was in fact her same son who Laius ejected from the kingdom as baby, pierced the ankles of, and left stranded on a mountain to perish, thus finally understanding that the dreaded oracle was correct all along.
Oedipus enters his bedchamber to find that Iocaste had committed suicide, thus prompting him to finally comprehend the true horrors and sins of his shameful life, leading him to gauge his eyes out in an act of repentance and desolation.
The people of Thebes finally discover the truth that Oedipus was not a king of respectability, prosperity, and enough glory to match the Gods, but rather, he was a shameful man who had committed appalling and disgraceful sins and was destroyed by God's overbearing control and power.