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The theme of fate is alive before the play even begins Jocasta and Laius discover that their son will be the killer of his own father and will then marry his mother Attempting to alter the fate of the family they try to kill their son He does not die though a shepherd finds the boy and gives him to a messenger The baby is then given to the king and queen of Corinth They name the baby Oedipus meaning swollen feet Many years later Oedipus is told that he will kill his father and marry his mother Upon hearing this he flees from Corinth In his travels he gets into a fight with a stranger and kills the man Resuming his journey he arrives at a city called Thebes Oedipus saves the city from a sphinx and marries the queen The play starts here in Thebes with Oedipus as the king and the city his plagued once again Oedipus is awaiting the return of Creon who was sent to the Delphic Oracle to find out how to stop this epidemic When he returns he tells Oedipus that the killer of the previous king of Thebes must be found King Oedipus seeks help from Teiresias who then tells him that he Oedipus is the killer Oedipus is outraged and begins to point fingers at Creon and Teiresias for plotting against him He believes that Creon wants to be King but Creon explains to Oedipus that he has all the same privileges without any of the headaches so he has no desire to be king Oedipus hubris is causing him to deny his own fate and it is also shielding him from the truth Further into the play a messenger comes to Oedipus and tells him that his father Polybus is dead and the people of Corinth would like Oedipus to be their king He also reveals to Oedipus that Polybus and Merope are not his
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