Q.9. What story of himself does Oedipus tell to Jocasta?

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After hearing the story of the circumstances in which King Laius was killed, Oedipus now looks perturbed because he is almost sure that Laius was his father, and he killed his own father. Seeing this condition of Oedipus’s mind Jocasta asks him why her description of Laius’s death disturbs him so much. Then Oedipus tells his own story. He says his father was a Corinthian, Polybus, and his mother, Merope, was Dorian. He grew up to be a pre-eminent young man. One day a drunken man made bold to say that he was not his father’s son. The next day he asked his father Polybus about the truth. Polybus evaded the question by showing false anger. But the smart remained in Oedipus, and he went to Pytho to consult the oracle. The oracle told him that he would marry his mother and become the parent of a “misbegotten brood”, and kill his father. He fled. from Corinth, determined never to see home again, so that no such horror should ever come to pass. His journey brought him to the place where three roads met. There he met a herald followed by a horse-drawn carriage, and a man seated therein who had resemblance to Jocasta’s description of King Laius. The leader of the herald roughly ordered him out of the way, and his master (Laius) joined in with a surly command. The driver thrust him aside, and he struck the driver. The old man took the two-pronged goad from the driver and struck Oedipus on the head. He struck the man back, and he died. Then he killed all his men except one who fled. Now if Laius’s blood flowed through Oedipus’s veins he is the most wretched of the mortals. He now heeds to hear what the surviving servant, if he is available, says.

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