This is done, but a shepherd comes across the boy and brings him to the childless Corinthian king. Jocasta exits into the palace. Oedipus sends the citizen to fetch Theseus, the king of Athens and its surroundings. Oedipus seeks the truth, but a prophet tells Oedipus that he himself is the killer. Antigone embraces Polynices, saying that he is condemning himself to death, but he resolutely says that his life remains in the hands of the gods.
He had received the infant Oedipus from a Theban herdsman in the woods of Mt. Finally, he answers that the child came from the house of Laius. As proof, she notes that the Delphic oracle once told Laius he would be murdered by his son, when in fact his son was cast out of Thebes as a baby, and Laius was murdered by a band of thieves. A messenger reveals that he grabbed a sword and searched for Jocasta with the intent to kill her. The Chorus tries to mediate, but Oedipus appears and charges Creon with treason.
Jocasta rejoices — surely this is proof that the prophecy Oedipus heard is worthless. This myth has taken a special spin since the time of Sigmund Freud, who famously suggested that the simultaneous attractive and revolting power of the myth is not so much about the dangers of truth and knowledge but about the prospect of understanding that boys are fundamentally and unconsciously in love with their mothers and therefore in deathly competition with their fathers. Oedipus thinks that the secret he hides is that he is actually a child of low birth, but in the end, he realizes that he was actually abandoned and given to the people who he believed are his parents, while his birth parents were Jocasta and Laius. Oedipus again swears that he will figure out this secret, no matter how vile the answer is. Oedipus tells them that he has already sent for Teiresias.
Oedipus seeks him in the court. Oedipus tells her the story of his past. The priest summarizes the dismal plight of Thebes. The two stop to rest in the grove. Thinking this refers to a particular man who has one green and one golden eye , Winter Kay sets about trying to assassinate this imagined nemesis, and fails at every turn. The blind Oedipus asks Creon to banish him from Thebes.
He is now a sorry sight, blind and hobbled, dressed in rags, led by his daughter Antigone. He takes the pins from her dress and takes out his eyes so that he is blind to the misery he has created. However, things go from bad to worse, even before the servant is brought to him: a messenger from enters the court and informs everyone that Polybus had died. It was then, on the journey that would take him to Thebes, that Oedipus was confronted and harassed by a group of travelers, whom he killed in self-defense. Furious, Oedipus dismisses him, and Teiresias goes, repeating as he does, that Laius's killer is right here before him - a man who is his father's killer and his mother's husband, a man who came seeing but will leave in blindness. Oedipus's two sons are fighting for control of the city. Throughout this mythic story of patricide and incest, Sophocles emphasizes the irony of a man determined to track down, expose, and punish an assassin, who turns out to be himself.
It is a production that will remain in classical theater's register of the greatest plays ever written. He does not know what to do and rushes to the palace, where he sees that his mother and wife Jocasta has killed herself. The queen, sister of Creon, arrives and calms Oedipus down. If this eyewitness will swear that robbers killed Laius, then Oedipus is exonerated. Yet works of art are always opening themselves up to new readings which see them reflecting our changing and evolving moral beliefs, and that is perhaps why Oedipus the King remains a great play to read, watch, analyse, and discuss. With the tragedy revealed, Oedipus' wife hangs herself and Oedipus blinds himself before being exiled from Thebes.
A man from the robbery of Laius says the same thing. Oedipus and Antigone, his daughter and guide, learn they have reached Colonus, a city near Athens, and are standing on ground sacred to the Eumenides another name for the Furies. If there is such a force, is a man capable of fighting it? It seems his prophecy might not come true, but he remains worried because his mother is still alive. He adds that the oracles have decreed that whichever side of the upcoming battle Oedipus supports will win, and asks for his father's help. Short Summary of Oedipus Rex, a play by Sophocles The play is a tragedy highlighting the role of fate and chance as well as the pride which often times combine to bring a disastrous end much beyond human imagination.
And yet, Laius was killed by strangers, and her own infant son was left to die in the mountains. Oedipus curses and insults the old man, going so far as to accuse him of the murder. The Oracle doesn't see fit to tell him this, but she does tell him that he's destined to kill his father and sleep with his mother. Despite the warning, Theseus agrees to help Oedipus. Back in Thebes, Jocasta's brother, , becomes king, but Oedipus's son wages war against him. And because of his parents' decision to kill him he doesn't know who his parents actually are. Creon, covetous of royal power, is all too happy to oblige.