He analyzes why this play, Oedipus Rex, written in Ancient Greece, is so effective even to a modern audience. They went in and saw Antigone hanging from a noose, and Haemon raving.
That baby was Oedipus, who in fact killed his father Laius and married his mother. Oedipus replies that he already sent his brother-in-law, Creon, to the oracle at Delphi to learn how to help the city.
This much constitutes a brief recap or summary of the plot of Oedipus the King. While it is a mythological truism that oracles exist to be fulfilled, oracles do not cause the events that lead up to the outcome.
The shepherd was the same man Oedipus has already sent for—the eyewitness to Laius's murder. Another worry haunts Oedipus.
The sentry soon exonerates himself by catching Antigone in the act of attempting to rebury her brother, the sentries having disinterred him.
Is Oedipus to blame for what happens to him? Oedipus asks Creon to have him conducted out of Thebes where no man will ever see him again. He asks Creon to watch over them and Creon agrees, before sending Oedipus back into the palace. She does not wish to see the old servant who was summoned, but Oedipus desires clarity regardless of the cost.
Oedipus demands that Creon be executed, convinced that he is conspiring against him, and only the intervention of the Chorus persuades him to let Creon live.
Oedipus accuses the old man of being in league with Creon, whom he suspects of plotting against his throne, but Teiresias answers that Oedipus will be ashamed and horrified when he learns the truth about his true parentage. Oedipus sends for Tiresias, the blind prophet, to help with the investigation.
Oedipus has already sent his brother-in-law, Creon, to the oracle to learn what to do. He asks the Delphic Oracle who his parents really are. 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.
Disturbed, Oedipus consulted the oracle of Apollo, who told him he would sire children by his own mother and that he would kill his own father. Oedipus summons the blind prophet Tiresias for help. Oedipus the King might also be called the first detective story in Western literature.So it’s worth briefly recounting the plot of Sophocles’ play in a short summary.
The city of Thebes is in the grip of a terrible plague. The city’s king, Oedipus, sends Creon to consult the Delphic oracle, who announces that if the city rids itself of a murderer, the plague will disappear.
Oedipus Rex was one of three plays that Sophocles, a Greek dramatist, penned on the Oedipus myth. It was the second one he wrote in B.C.E., but is the first in the sequence of events. After Tiresias leaves, Oedipus threatens Creon with death or exile for conspiring with the prophet.
Oedipus’s wife, Jocasta (also the widow of King Laius), enters and asks why the men shout at one another. Oedipus explains to Jocasta that the prophet has charged him with Laius’s murder, and Jocasta replies that all prophecies are false. In Oedipus Rex, Creon is the brother of Laius; he brings back Apollo's prophecy that the murderer of King Laius must be exiled.
Oedipus suspects that Creon is competing for the throne, but Creon. “Oedipus the King” (Gr: “Oidipous Tyrannos”; Lat: “Oedipus Rex”) is a tragedy by the ancient Greek playwright Sophocles, first performed in about BCE.
It was the second of Sophocles ' three Theban plays to be produced, but it comes first in the internal chronology (followed by “Oedipus at Colonus” and then “Antigone”). Jocasta begs Oedipus to abandon his search for his origins, but Oedipus insists he must know the story of his birth. Jocasta cries out in agony and leaves the stage.