Tragic Events That Take Place in King Oedipus

Topics: Oedipus, Family, Sophocles Pages: 3 (996 words) Published: November 13, 2006
Do you ever wonder if the person you married or are going to marry is a relative of yours? Especially an unknown parent; well, this is the tragedy that ruined King Oedipus life.
One day a tragedy just took over the city Thebes. There is a plague amongst the city. By this time now Oedipus is the king because his father has died. He wants to know why the city is dying and being that everyone is asking him to end it he needs answers. Oedipus sent Creon, his brother-in-law and fellow ruler to the Delphic oracle to find out how to stop the plague. Creon returns to tell Oedipus that the god Apollo knows who murdered Lauis. Oedipus gets angry and tells the Chorus that he will end the plague himself.

Oedipus is convinced that his friend Creon has betrayed him. So therefore his wife Jocasta convinces him not to kill Creon. She tries to convince her husband that Creon is innocent. As proof, she offers the fact that the Delphic oracle told Laius he would be murdered by his son, while actually his son was cast out of Thebes as a baby and Laius was murdered by a band of thieves. She explains to him how Laius was killed at a three-way crossroad just before Oedipus arrived at the city of Thebes. Oedipus' mind starts wondering and he remembers how when he was the prince of Corinth, he heard that he was not really the son of the King and Queen. Because of this he fled to Thebes where on the way he killed travelers in self-defense and this is where Laius was killed. He hopes that he will not be identifies as the murderer of Laius. So he sent for the only sheperd that survived the attack.

In the meantime a messenger tells Jocasta that Oedipus' father Polybus is dead from natural causes. Jocasta rejoices because the prophecy that Oedipus will murder his father was false. According to the prophecy Oedipus would sleep with his mother and kill his father. Oedipus still fears sleeping with his mother until the messenger tells him not to fear because Polybus and Merope are not his...
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