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Oedipus Rex

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Colton Rabon

on 1 September 2010

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OEDIPUS REX summary BEFORE THE PLAY BEGINNING At the start, Thebes is suffering from a huge plague. Oedipus sent his brother-in-law, Creon to the Apollo house to ask an oracle for answers. When Creon returns, he tells that once the person who killed the previous kind is found, then the city will be free from the plague. Oedipus sets out to find the murderer and banish him. The people suggest that he consult the blind propher Teiresias TEIRESIAS Teiresias arrives, and acts very reluctant in answering Oedipus' questions. He tells Oedipus that he does not want to know the answers. However, once Oedipus threatens to kill him, Teiresias finally tells him. Oedipus is the killer, as he soon finds out, and his marriage is a sunful union. Oedipus assumes that Creon paid Teiresias to say these things, and is angry. Oedipus is made king of Thebes
in return for him helping free the
people being controlled by the sphinx. Laius, the former king, had just been murdered; Oedipus succeeded him. JOCASTA Jocasta asks Oedipus why he
is so troubled while they wait
for the man to arrive. Oedipus tells her his story; He went to an oracle a long time ago to discover his true family. The oracle told him that he would eventually kill his father and marry his mother. For this reason, he left his home town. After killing a man he met at a crossroads, he has ben worried that it was Laius.
Jocasta tells Oedipus that an oracle told
Laius that his son would kill him, and
that the son would also marry her. She
tells him there is no truth in Creon's
prophecy, because they gave their
son to a shepherd. Also, she tells him that
Laius was killed by robbers, according to a
witness. A messenger from Corinth arrives with news. Oedipus' father Polybus is dead. Jocasta is overjoyed and sends for Oedipus. She feels that this is even more proof that the oracle he heard was not true. Oedipus is excited when he finds out, yet still fears that the second part of the prophecy (that he will marry his mother) might come true. Oedipus then sends his men out to find a servant, whom he believes will help reveal the truth of Oedipus's birth. SHEPERD Oedipus' men lead in an old sheperd,
and Oedipus fears what he has to say.
The sheperd is scared by Oedipus' questions.
After a while, the sheperd finally tells that he
did give the messenger a baby boy, and that the
boy was Laius' son. This is the same son that Laius
and Jocasta left on a hillside to die. THE END Devastated, Oedipus exits into the palace. He grabbed a sword and searched for Jocasta, wanting to kill her. However, he finds that she has hanged herself. He takes the gold brooches from her dress and stabs his eyes, blinding himself. He begs the Chorus to kill him, but then Creon enters. He heard the entire story, and tells Oedipus to come inside where he will not be seen. Oedipus begs him to let him leave the city, and Creon tells him that he must consult Apollo first. Before he leaves, Oedipus asks to see his Children. Oedipus is then led away.
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