Essay on 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…show more content…
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 identity, Oedipus listens to the advice of Creon and sends for the blind prophet. The prophet warns him not to go searching for the killer of the king. The prophet is then provoked in exposing Oedipus as the killer. A messenger arrives from Corinth with the news the King Polybus has died and the people of Corinth want Oedipus as their king. Oedipus does not want to go because of the fact that his “mother” is still alive and does not want the prophecy to come true. The messenger then reveals that Oedipus was in fact adopted and is not the son of King and Queen of Corinth. Jocasta finally realizes the true identity of Oedipus and tells him to stop the search for the killer of the King. She then goes into the palace and hangs herself. Oedipus goes and seeks verification of the messenger’s story from the herdsman who was supposed to leave Oedipus for dead. Oedipus learns that the adopted son of Polybus and Merope was actually the son of Laius and Jocasta. This is where he remembers that place where the roads met, is where he killed his own father King Laius, with the consequence of marring his own

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