Summary Of 'Oedipus Tyrannos'

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Oedipus Tyrannos is a play about a man who flees from the parents who raised him because he is told of a prophecy where he will kill his father to take his throne and marry his mother. During his travels he sees a carriage and kills everyone in its company. Soon after that he comes upon a kingdom where the king was recently deceased. He takes over the throne and marries the wife of the deceased king. Oedipus tells the citizens that he will find the killer of their previous king and curses him. Oedipus is told of a blind man who knows who killed Laius the former king and he sends for the man. When Teiresias the blind man shows up he begs Oedipus not to make him tell him what he knows but Oedipus demands it. When Teiresias tells Oedipus that he is the person he seeks Oedipus gets mad and tells the blind man he is wrong and knows nothing because he cannot see and sends him away. Later Creon the brother of the former king shows up because he has caught word that Oedipus has accused him of killing the king in search of the throne. However, Creon believes that it was Oedipus who killed the former king. Jocasta, Oedipus’ wife comes out and stops the two men from fighting. Later Oedipus and Jocasta talk and she tells him of a prophecy that was told to her and the former king that they would have a son that would kill Laius and marry his mother. She also tells him that this did not happen though because Laius died at the hands of highway robbers at a cross road. However, this worries Oedipus because he remembers he killed a man at a cross roads around the same time the former king died. Jocasta tries to assure it could not be him who killed Laius because it was more than one man who killed the king according to a shepherd that was with him at the time but got away. Oedipus calls on the shepherd to come and tell his side of the story. While awaiting the shepherd a messenger from Corinth the place Oedipus was raised shows up to tell Oedipus his father died of a sickness. Oedipus is relieved because he thinks he evaded the prophecy because his father did not die at his hands but the messenger tells Oedipus that his father was not actually his father and that he had brought Oedipus to his father as an infant. The sheaperd

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