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The play opens in front of the palace of Oedipus at Thebes Oedipus asks a priest and his supplicants what they are wanting The priest thanks him for saving them from the Sphinx but tells him that the city needs saving again from a plague that has descended Oedipus admits this and says that he has sent a messenger to Apollos shrine to find out what he must do to save the city The messenger arrives just then The messenger says that Apollo told him that the man who murdered former King Laius must be discovered and driven from the land Oedipus vows to do so All exit but the chorus The chorus laments the plague Oedipus returns He asks anyone knowing the identity of the murderer to step forward without fear of harm He curses those who have knowledge and do not step forth The chorus says he should ask the prophet Teiresias Oedipus says that he has already sent for him Teiresias enters He says he knows something but refuses to speak Oedipus is furious He accuses Teiresias of having a part in the murder Teirasias accuses Oedipus of being the murderer Oedipus concludes that former king creon must have put Teiresias up to making the accusations Teireaias tells Oedipus that his downfall will come when he learns the secret of his marriage and asks him if he knows who his parents are Oedipus orders him out of the house Teiresias tells him that the murderer will be proved both father and brother to his children Teiresian and Oedipus leave separately The chorus sides with Oedipus Creon enters denying the allegations that he has heard Oedipus made Oedipus enters and accuses Creon of being the murderer and trying to take the throne Creon denies this He says that hes happy with his position He lives like a king without having to bear the fears of a king Oedipus proposes to kill Creon Oedipus
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