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Summary Of Oedipus The Kings By Sophocles

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Summary of Oedipus The Kings by Sophocles

Oedipus is in a series of tragic events throughout this play. A couple of days after Oedipus was born, he was left on a mountainside to die. The reason for this is because an oracle predicted that he will grow up to be the murderer of his father the King. Oedipus did not die as he should have, instead Oedipus was found and taken to the nearby city of Corinth. This is where Oedipus was adopted as the son of the King and Queen. Many years later, Oedipus seeks counsel from the same oracle that predicted his fate. The oracle does not tell him the identity of his true parents, instead tells him that he would kill his father and marry his mother. To ovoid this prophecy, he ran away from Corinth back to Thebes. Oedipus reaches a place where three roads meet, which is called Davlia. He comes across a chariot that was carrying King Laius. He did not know that this was his father and the King of Thebes. They begin to fight over who has the right to go first, and in self defense he kills King Laius; unknowingly fulfilling part of the prophecy. When he gets closer to Thebes, he is stopped by a Sphinx that has to give everyone that travels to Thebes, a riddle. If the travelers were unable to answer the riddle correctly, they would be eaten by the sphinx. Oedipus was the only one that could answer the riddle correctly. The sphinx was amazed that he answered it correctly, so she threw herself off the cliff and killed herself. The people of Thebes were very grateful, in that sense they appointed Oedipus as King and gave him the recently widowed Jocastas hand in marriage. The people of Thebes believed that the King was murdered while trying to figure out the answer to the Sphinx’s riddle. The second part of the prophecy was fulfilled. Oedipus had married his mother. Oedipus had four children with Jocasta, two boy and two girls. A plague of infertility strikes Thebes; women no longer bear children and crops are not growing. Oedipus, in his pride, says that he will end this deadly disease. Oedipus sends Creon to the oracle in Delphi for guidance. When Creon returns, Oedipus learns that the murderer of King Laius must be found and either be killed or exiled. In search for the Killers...

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