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Fate plays a cruel role in the lives of everyone related to Oedipus Not only was Oedipuss life condemned from the start but the lives of his four children were also ill fated The entire bloodline beginning with Oedipus met a tragic end or led a tragic life through no fault of their own If not for fate the lives of Oedipus and his entire family could have been much better off The whole debacle started with the birth of Oedipus Oedipus was the only child of Laius and Jocasta king and queen of Thebes They took Oedipus to the oracle at Delphi to have his prophecy read The oracle prophesized that Oedipus would kill his father and marry his mother In order to prevent this from happening Laius and Jocasta pierced Oedipuss foot and ordered a shepherd to abandon him on a mountainside The shepherd pitied the child and gave him to a herdsman from Corinth The herdsman then gave the child to Polybus and Merope the childless king and queen of Corinth They adopted him and raised him as their own Oedipus grew up thinking he was the prince of Corinth He heard rumors that he was not the natural son of Polybus and Merope so he went to consult the oracle of Delphi to find the truth The oracle repeated the same prophecy that was told to Laius and Jocasta Thinking that Polybus and Merope were his parents Oedipus left Corinth Fate then stepped in and Oedipus met an old man accompanied by several servants at a crossroads The old man was Laius on his way to Delphi Since both men were proud they refused to step aside so the other could pass Laius attacked Oedipus who killed him and all but one of the servants Not realizing that he had fulfilled half of his terrible prophecy Oedipus continued on his way to Thebes Upon arriving at Thebes Oedipus was confronted
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