BC: You can't outrun fate.
FC: Oedipus Rex. | By Taylor Yount.
1: Oedipus Rex. | By Taylor Yount | Mrs. Popes class. 2012!
2: How it all got started... | King Laius & his wife Jocasta decided to go check the Oracle, to see what was going on in their future. The Oracle told them that they would have a son who would kill his father, and marry his own mother. Naturally, when they have a child, and it's a boy, they try to get rid of it. They send him with a slave to die on a mountain, but the slave feels bad and gives him to a shepard, who gives him to a royal couple in Corinth. Polybus and Merope are his new parents. At this point Oedipus wasn't named, but he had swollen feet, because King Laius put a rod through his feet before sending him to the mountain. Polybus and Merope name him Oedipus wich means "swollen feet."
3: Polybus & Merope never told Oedipus that they weren't his real parents, so his whole life he thought they were his mom and dad. Well, one day Oedipus is at a party and an old drunk man tells him HIS destiny: to kill his father and marry his mother. Trying to escape fate, he runs away from home not telling anybody. He gets pushed off the road on the way to his new home and gets mad and kills everyone except one person in the car.(king Laius was in it, and was killed. witch is Oedipus' dad!) Oedipus ends up in Thebes were he solves the Sphinx's riddle and saves the city. Of course, their king had just been killed and they think Oedipus is amazing, so they make him king. He marries Jocasta..witch is his mom, and he doesn't know!!
4: Moving on... | So, Oedipus' oracle has already been fulfilled but no one knows! Theres a huge plague over Thebes and the oracle says the only way to get rid of it is to get rid of who ever killed King Laius! Oedipus doesn't even think he's done it, he doesn't know the man he killed was king! He sends for Tiresias to ask what who did it! (he's a prophet) Tiresias says "you did it Oedipus!" Oedipus gets mad and frames Creon. Saying he must've paid Tiresias to say that. Creon says thats not true and Oedipus wants him dead, the chorus convinces him to let Creon live. Jocasta tries to comfort him by talking about prophets and oracles not being real. She says Laius was killed by bandits at a crossroad. The mention of it makes Oedipus realize it may have been him! He tries to figure everything out.
5: A messenger comes to tell Oedipus his father has died, and is a little weirded out at the fact Oedipus is happy. His Oracle can't be true! He's still afraid of incest with his mother though, the messenger happily tells Oedipus not to worry, Merope is not even his mother. He tells him the story of how he used to be a shepard on mount Cithaeron and a slave sent from king Laius gave Oedipus to him. Oedipus sends for the other slave. Quickly figuring things out, Jocasta gets sick and tells Oedipus, please, don't ask anymore questions! Then goes and hangs herself! The slave arrives and begs not to be questioned. Oedipus makes him talk. The slave tells him everything and Oedipus now knows that HE killed his father, and married his mother. He curses himself and goes to find Jocasta, when he finds her hanging he takes the gold pins from her dress and stabs out his eyes, before telling Creon to exile him to mount Cithaeron.