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Oedipus the King Oedipus the King starts in the legend where Oedipus king of Thebes is trying get rid of the plague in his city Oedipus sends Creon to the oracles at Delphi to get the answer to the citys problems Creon is away for a long time and he returns with Teiresias the blind prophet They repeat the oracles statement the plague will end only when Laios murderer is discovered Sophocles tells the events in order and finally unmask Oedipus as the murderer That Oedipus acted like he didnt know anything about this was irrelevant he feels he must be punished for his terrible crime and so in his despair he blinds himself His wife and mother Iocaste hangs herself Creon ascends the throne of Thebes and Oedipus goes into exile PROLOGUE A priest of Thebes slowly advances toward Oedipus He is hesitant and cautious before this famous person You realize that Oedipus isnt looked up to just because hes the king hes genuinely admired and respected The priest speaks urgently informing the king that the city of Thebes once prosperous is now in ruin A mysterious unnatural plague has settled on the countryside causing unborn children to die and the cattle to get sick Perhaps today youd look to science for a solution to such a calamity In Sophocles time however there would have been no doubt in anyones mind that there are religious causes for this misery It appears that these people have come to seek comfort and advice from Oedipus the wisest in the ways of God Oedipus after all solved the riddle of the Sphinx Surely they feel Oedipus can now find a remedy for the plague Only Oedipus can restore Thebes to its former glory Oedipus is genuinely touched by the spectacle of his suffering children He promises to
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