oedipus worksheet 2 Essay

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1. The Priest of Zeus, Oedipus and the citizens of Thebes are in the palace. Oedipus questions the priest on why the citizens are there and this is when we see the forefront of the plague that has been put upon the land.
2. Creon enters with the news of the reasoning for the plague from the oracle. This is the first insight of the death of Laius. We see hear that he was killed by robbers and no one in Thebes were concerned with finding the bandit murderers. Everyone is more concerned with the curse of Sphinx.
3. Creon, Oedipus, and the Priest of Zeus exit the stage. The chorus then enters and call on the gods: Apollo and Athena to save Thebes. They feel as if the gods didn’t hear the story that Creon told and want the plague to be lifted from Thebes.
4. Oedipus enters back onto stage with the chorus and he tells them that he will end the plague himself. He speaks to the citizens and asks for an informant on the death of Laius. He offers an award and when no one comes forth he promises the punishment of exile to the killer. He also stated that if it were someone in his family, they would receive the same punishment. He then removes the citizens from the palace.
5. Teiresias enters the stage where Oedipus and the chorus already are. Oedipus begs Teiresias to tell him who killed Laius. Teiresias hints that he knows but doesn’t want to say. Oedipus gets angry and claims Teiresias as the murderer. Teiresias then tells Oedipus that he is in fact the murderer. Oedipus then tells a story of how he believes Teiresias and Creon are trying to overthrow him as king. The chorus tries to calm Oedipus down but the Teiresias taunts him even more by saying he doesn’t even know who his parents are. Oedipus then asks about his lineage and Teiresias tells him the riddle that the murderer of Laius will be the brother of his children and the husband to his mother.
6. Teiresias and Oedipus leave the stage. Now we only see the chorus confused. They do not believe the allegations put upon Oedipus from Teiresias.
7. Creon and Oedipus enter the stage. Oedipus accuses Creon of plotting to overthrow him since he was the one who wanted Teiresias to come speak to Oedipus. Oedipus then wants Creon killed yet the leader of the chorus and Creon cry out to speak logic to Oedipus. Yet, Oedipus stands strong in his decision.
8. Jocasta enters the stage and tries to reason with Oedipus to not kill or exile Creon. Oedipus still stands with believing Creon is guilty and Creon leaves the stage.
9. Oedipus tells Jocasta of the story from Teiresias and Jocasta tells Oedipus that it was impossible. Jocasta tells Oedipus of the oracle told to Laius and her when they had their son. Oedipus hers some similar stories and tells Jocasta to tell him everything. Oedipus then tells Jocasta that he might be the murderer since he hear he wasn’t the true son of the king and queen. He went to the oracle and he told Oedipus that he would kill his father and marry his mother.
10. Oedipus and Jocasta leaves the stage in search of the messenger who was the only survivor from the ambush. They leave the chorus who cries out about how destiny writes our stories