Independent Novel Project
-Up to the point of Tiresias, the blind prophet, the people of the town are introduced (The Chorus), Oedipus speaks with the townspeople about the investigation of Laius (The former king’s) death, and Tiresias is brought in for guidance
- Tiresias tells Oedipus that the slayer is in fact in the town, and it could be someone who he may not suspect. Oedipus is angered by his vagueness and threatens him to the point where Tiresias forgets all boundaries. Tiresias then accuses Oedipus himself of killing Laius. Tiresias is then escorted away before Oedipus gets too angry.
- When Tiresias leaves, Oedipus accuses Creon (his brother in law) of plotting the whole murder accusation against himself. After cooling off for a time and talking to Jocasta(his wife) about the death of Laius and finding out more details, he realizes that he may have killed Laius after all.
-A messenger arrives from Corinth, where Oedipus grew up. He informs Oedipus that his father Polybus has died of natural causes, and also finds out that Polybus was not his real father. Angered and a bit confused, Oedipus calls upon a shepherd that gave up Oedipus as a boy. It turns out Oedipus was left for dead as a boy because his father heard the same prophecy he did.
- . Angered and a bit confused, Oedipus calls upon a shepherd that gave up Oedipus as a boy. It turns out Oedipus was left for dead as a boy because his father heard the same prophecy he did. Everything comes together for Jocasta, and she realizes what happened and runs inside. By the time Oedipus realizes the truth about everything, he goes to see Jocasta.
-When Oedipus goes inside they find Jocasta had killed herself in her bedroom. At the sight of this, Oedipus gouges his own eyes out. Oedipus begs to be exiled from the land because of the curse he has brought. The book ends with the Chorus summarizing the event.
- Irony plays a role through Tiresias with the topic of sight. Tiresias is a man who is literally blind, yet sees the full truth, and Oedipus is a man who can see, but is blinded from the truth.