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.
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?
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.