Towards the end of the story, he was grief-stricken after realizing he “killed his father and sowed the womb of her who bore him!(pg.78)” “Is there no pity for me? I was dead and you words are death again.” The death he talks about is learning about his prophecy coming true. He stabbed his eyes out after he found Iocaste’s corpse hanging from a rope around her neck. He succumbs to the prophecy after he comments on himself. “I had neither sight nor knowledge then.(pg.78)” Stabbing his eyes out enabled him to truly understand without relying on his eyesight. He left with his daughters, who guided past the end of the story.
What was dramatic irony was in the beginning, the people were sweet talking Oedipus and he agreed with all the amazing things said about him; “Ah, when your years of kingship are remembered, let them not say We rose, but later fell-- You brought us fortune, bring it again!” Oedipus, the magnificent ruler of Thebes, went from bathing in his glory, to stabbing his own eyes out of agony, then exiled himself, so people wouldn’t have to look upon “this pollution of a man.” What could have caused this rapid change in a king who loved