Oedipus: Past Representation

Oedipus: Past Representation

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  • Once there was a king, named Laius. He and his wife had just had a baby. However, when the baby was born an oracle showed up, telling them a great prophecy. It stated that the baby would slay Laius and marry his wife, Jocasta. 
  • Jocasta defies her husband's order to kill him and gives her son to a farmer.
  • Take this child. Raise him well.  
  • I have a friend who can take him to the King of Corinth, Polybus, who will raise him as if he is his own.
  • The baby, named Oedipus, grows up believing he is Polybus' son. However, when someone questions his parentage, he goes to the Oracle, where he hears the prophecy himself. 
  • What does that have to do with me? I'm not sure, but it must be important. I must stop the son from killing his father.
  • The son of Laius will slay his own father and wed his mother. 
  • However, on his way to Thebes, he encountered Laius.  When Laius was rude to Oedipus and threatened to hurt him, he killed Laius.
  • Don't mess with me. 
  • AHHHH!
  • When Oedipus arrived at Thebes, he learned that the city was threatened by a terrifying monster, the Sphinx. 
  • What is the creature that walks on four legs in the morning, two legs at noon and three in the evening?
  • A man!
  • How'd you get it right? You've killed me. 
  • The townspeople were so happy that Oedipus had defeated the Sphinx, that they crowned him King, where he married Jocasta and had two daughters.
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