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Oedipus

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Transcript of Oedipus

Oedipus and his battle against fate This scares Laios, so when his
first son is born he
has him chained to a
tree in the woods. He thinks
that his son willbe eaten
by wild animals, thus solving
his problem and "out-
smarting" the oracle's
prediction. A little while later a shepherd
of King Polybos of Corinth
finds the small child and
takes him to the king. The
king feels bad and adopts
the child as his own,
giving him the name
Oedipus, or swollen
feet. Oedipus grows up and lives well until one day a drunken aquaintience lets it slip that Polybos isn't Oedipus' real father. Troubled, Oedipus traveles to the Oracle of Delphi. The oracle tells him that he will kill his father
and marry his mother. In an attempt to aviod the
prediction, Oedipus vows not to return to Corinth. On the way to another town, Oedipus comes upon another wagon. He commands for the men to move out of his way so he can continute down the road. Oedipus and the old man who owns the wagon get into a fight in which Oedipus knocks the old man off of his wagon. The old man turns out to be Oedipus' real father. Oedipus continues down the road on the way to Thebes, which is
his biological father's kingdom. On the way into the city, Oedipus
is confronted by the Sphinx. The Sphinx has been killing anyone
who can not solve his riddle. He askes, "Which creature walks in the morning with four feet, in the afternoon with two, and in the evening with three feet? But the more feet it uses, the less are its power and speed." Oedipus correctly answered, ""The human being. In the morning of his life he creeps on hands and feet. When he reaches the afternoon of life as a man, he walks proudly with raised head. As an old man, in life's evening, a supporting stick is his third leg." The head of the government of Thebes rewards Oedipus with the
widdowed Queen, Jocasta. He fathers four of her children. He also is named King. The Sphinx is outraged and throws himself off of a cliff. Oedipus had married his mother. Years later, disaster and plague break out though the kingdom. In hopes of finding answers, Oedipus sends someone to Delphi. In the begining, a man named Laios and his wife Jocasata
visit and oracle asking the prophet if they will have a son. The oracle says that Laios
will but that he will be killed
by his son because he
made the gods angry
in the past. The oracle says that the reason for the
city's misfortune is that the murderer
of Laios has never been punished.
In responce, Oedipus calls for
anyone to come forward who
has informantion reguarding Laios'
death. One servant who had been
there when Laios died tells Oedipus
that the blood is on the king's hands. Once Oedipus has no doubt that he is his father's murderer, he seeks out Jocasta. He finds her dead in her room. Deranged, Oedipus gouges his eyes casuing himself to go blind. This causes Oedipus to give up his crown and exile himself Oedipus spends the rest of his life depending on others and wandering from place to place. After many years he ends up on holy ground and is taken into the underworld. Oedipus finds the redemption and forgiveness he had been searching for. "Antigone (Sophomores)." Welcome to Wenatchee High School! Web. 31 Aug. 2010. <http://whs.wsd.wednet.edu/Faculty/Cloke/AntigoneSophomores.html>.
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