Destined to kill his father and marry his mother, Oedipus was guided by fate. As a baby, his parents learned of his destiny and gave him to a shepherd to be killed. Since he had to carry out this destiny, however, Oedipus survived and was adopted by the king and queen of Corinth, Thebes’s neighboring city. Unaware those were not his real parents, Oedipus learned of his destiny and thought he could change it by running away from Corinth. Unfortunately, his prophecy, as warned by the Oracle at Delphi, was absolute and would inevitably come true.
On his was to Thebes, Oedipus, began fulfilling his destiny. He gets in a fight with some men in a carriage and in self-defense kills all except one. One of the dead men was Laius, king of Thebes and Oedipus’ father. The only survivor was the shepherd, who 20 years before was the one who was supposed to have killed Oedipus. “Shepherd- Then… from Laius’ house… that’s where it’s from. They say it was… actually his own. But the queen inside could probably explain.”
“Oedipus- She, she gave it to you?”
“Shepherd- Just that, my lord.”
“Oedipus- With what intention?”
“Shepherd- To do away with it.”
“Oedipus- The child’s own mother?”
“Shepherd- To escape a prophecy too horrible.”
Meanwhile, the city of Thebes was beginning to fall apart. A sphinx had come into town, and everyone coming in had to answer her riddle. If they didn’t answer it, she would eat them. Destined to solve the ancient riddle and free Thebes, Oedipus became a hero. The citizens made him king and he marries Jocasta, the widowed queen and Oedipus’ mother. Here he unknowingly fulfilled another part of his destiny.
Twenty years pass as Oedipus and Jocasta rule Thebes. The gods were disgusted that Oedipus, having killed his natural father, was not exiled or killed due to bloodguilt, and strike a plague on the city. The citizens go straight to their king thinking he will save them as he did before. Oedipus says he will work day and night until...