Jocasta exits into the palace. The messenger took the baby to the royal family of Corinth, and they raised him as their own. Oedipus's two daughters and half-sisters , and , are sent out, and Oedipus laments their having been born to such a cursed family. This one showed the actors' faces and boasted an all-star cast, including as Oedipus, as Jocasta, as Tiresias, as Creon, as the Shepherd, and as the Leading Member of the Chorus. The story begins after some time after Oedipus has taken the throne and when there is a mysterious plague that sweeps the city. Shortly afterward, Oedipus enters in a fury, calling on his servants to bring him a sword so that he might cut out his mother's womb.
Is the same of whom the stranger speaks? At first he refuses to tell Oedipus what he knows. He asks that they provide him with a proper burial should he die in battle. Oedipus asks who the other shepherd was, and the messenger answers that he was a servant of Laius. But for my daughters twain, poor innocent maids, Who ever sat beside me at the board Sharing my viands, drinking of my cup, For them, I pray thee, care, and, if thou willst, O might I feel their touch and make my moan. Nothing can make me other than I am.
Realizing that he has killed his father and married his mother, Oedipus is agonized by his fate. The shepherd took him back to Corinth where young Oedipus was raised by his adoptive parents. That were sheer madness, and I am not mad. You know, in case the repeated prophecies, overwhelming evidence, and sinking stomach feeling were not enough. Jocasta comforts him by telling him that there is no truth in oracles or prophets, and she has proof. Jocasta tells him that Laius was killed at a three-way crossroads, just before Oedipus arrived in Thebes. He is the accursed that married his own mother and cannot run away from the truth.
This prophecy so frightened Oedipus that he left his hometown and never returned. Long ago an oracle told Laius that his own son would kill him, and as a result he and Jocasta gave their infant son to a shepherd to leave out on a hillside to die with a pin through its ankles. Best live a careless life from hand to mouth. Before the Palace of Oedipus. Oedipus curses and insults the old man, going so far as to accuse him of the murder. He vows to fly self-banished from the land, Nor stay to bring upon his house the curse Himself had uttered; but he has no strength Nor one to guide him, and his torture's more Than man can suffer, as yourselves will see. It is the fate of all of us, perhaps, to direct our first sexual impulse towards our mother and our first hatred and our first murderous wish against our father.
My sire was Polybus of Corinth, and My mother Merope, a Dorian; And I was held the foremost citizen, Till a strange thing befell me, strange indeed, Yet scarce deserving all the heat it stirred. As the play unfolds, then, both Oedipus' virtues and his weaknesses will lead to his ultimate downfall. One further question to resolve my doubt. Nor hadst thou received Prompting from us or been by others schooled; No, by a god inspired so all men deem, And testify didst thou renew our life. Till now the storied fortune of this house Was fortunate indeed; but from this day Woe, lamentation, ruin, death, disgrace, All ills that can be named, all, all are theirs.
He is known to posses god-given insight. A second messenger enters and describes scenes of suffering. They point to Jocasta's initial disclosure of the oracle at lines 711—14. Oedipus then strides off with a sudden strength, taking his daughters and Theseus to his grave. He finds out that they only way to lift the curse is by expelling the former king's murderer.
Golden child of Zeus, O hear Let thine angel face appear! Finally, he answers that the child came from the house of Laius. For, had I sight, I know not with what eyes I could have met my father in the shades, Or my poor mother, since against the twain I sinned, a sin no gallows could atone. Our dreams convince us that this is so. As for the child, it was but three days old, When Laius, its ankles pierced and pinned Together, gave it to be cast away By others on the trackless mountain side. As Oedipus is speaking, Tiresias enters and Oedipus turns his attention to explaining the situation to the blind man, in case he doesn't already know it.
Homer briefly summarises the story of Oedipus, including the incest, patricide, and Jocasta's subsequent suicide. The misfortunes of his house are the result of a curse laid upon his father for violating the sacred laws of hospitality. As for me, I have no natural craving for the name Of king, preferring to do kingly deeds, And so thinks every sober-minded man. All soon exit, save for the chorus. The shepherd was the same man Oedipus has already sent for—the eyewitness to Laius's murder. The oracle inspires a series of specific choices, freely made by Oedipus, which lead him to kill his father and marry his mother. So privily without their leave I went To Delphi, and Apollo sent me back Baulked of the knowledge that I came to seek.
Also, Tiresias asks Oedipus whether he knows his own parents or not, and then continues to say that Oedipus will be driven out of Thebes in terror by the curses of his parents and that this has nothing to do with Creon or any plots. These taunts provoke Tiresias into revealing that Oedipus himself is the murderer. Therefore in righting him I serve myself. One of his soldiers, bearing a golden badge that resembles an eye in shape, is the one who kills Winter Kay in battle. The character Oedipus from Oedipus the King, Creon from Antigone, and the plot of Oedipus the King display the theme of sight vs. Citizens are dying from plague, crops fail, women are dying in childbirth and their babies are stillborn.
In fact, he is surprised that Tiresias has not shown up yet. At this mention of his parents, Oedipus, who grew up in the distant city of Corinth, asks how Tiresias knew his parents. Dost thou presume To approach my doors, thou brazen-faced rogue, My murderer and the filcher of my crown? These revelations lead Oedipus to blind himself, leaving him a helpless old man led around in the Oedipus at Colonos by a child, like Teiresias exactly in the manner of the riddle of the Sphinx. As a young man, he learned from an oracle that he was fated to kill his father and marry his mother. Are ye not ashamed, While the whole land lies striken, thus to voice Your private injuries? He asks why Tiresias did nothing when Thebes suffered under a plague once before. Then I never Had shown to men the secret of my birth. After Tiresias leaves, Oedipus threatens Creon with death or exile for conspiring with the prophet.