Creon leads the wretched Oedipus away to his exile of blindness and torment. Oedipus asks the chorus if anyone knows who this man was, or where he might be now. The old servant confesses that King Laius ordered him to destroy the boy but that out of pity he gave the infant to the Corinthian to raise as his foster son.
He orders the people of Thebes, under punishment of exile, to give any information they have about the death of Laius. Still, Oedipus worries about fulfilling the prophecy with his mother, Merope, a concern Jocasta dismisses. It has however been successfully staged since the Renaissance.
Thus the question of two set of parents, biological and foster, is raised. According to Jocasta, the prophecy did not come true because the baby died, abandoned, and Laius himself was killed by a band of robbers at a crossroads.
The curse of the Oedipus' sons is expanded backward to include Oedipus and his father, Laius. Sigmund Freud in Interpretation of Dreams wrote a notable passage regarding of the destiny of Oedipus as well as the Oedipus complex. I was doomed to be murderer of the father that begot me refers to Oedipus' real, biological father.
The misfortunes of his house are the result of a curse laid upon his father for violating the sacred laws of hospitality. Instead of answers he was given a prophecy that he would one day murder his father and sleep with his mother. The royal house of Thebes Climax: Eventually Tiresias leaves, muttering darkly that when the murderer is discovered he shall be a native citizen of Thebes, brother and father to his own children, and son and husband to his own mother.
This, however, is not an entirely accurate reading.
The oracle delivered to Oedipus what is often called a " self-fulfilling prophecy ", in that the prophecy itself sets in motion events that conclude with its own fulfilment. Jocasta, who has by now realized the truth, desperately begs Oedipus to stop asking questions, but he refuses and Jocasta runs into the palace.
Another characteristic of oracles in myth is that they are almost always misunderstood by those who hear them; hence Oedipus's misunderstanding the significance of the Delphic Oracle. There is so much that we cannot know and cannot control that we should not think and behave as if we do know and can control.
Laius seduced or abducted and raped Chrysippus, who according to some versions, killed himself in shame. The idea that attempting to avoid an oracle is the very thing which brings it about is a common motif in many Greek myths, and similarities to Oedipus can for example be seen in the myth of the birth of Perseus.
Jocasta begs Oedipus to abandon his search for his origins, but Oedipus insists he must know the story of his birth. The satyr play that followed the trilogy was called The Sphinx.
Oedipus rages at the seer’s reluctance to tell the secret until he goads the old man to reveal that Oedipus is the one responsible for Thebes’s afflictions because he is the murderer, and that.
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Oedipus Rex, also known by its Greek title, Oedipus Tyrannus (Ancient Greek: Οἰδίπους Τύραννος IPA: [oidípuːs týranːos]), or Oedipus the King, is an Athenian tragedy by Sophocles that was first performed around BC. In the play, Oedipus, Creon, and the Chorus view Jocasta as a wise and level-headed queen.
To Oedipus, Jocasta is more trustworthy than Creon, her brother. When Creon questions how Oedipus.Oedipus rex notes