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Oedipus the King

Oedipus solves the Sphinx riddle: "What is the creature that walks on four legs in the morning, two legs at noon, and three in the evening?” answering "Man".
The Sphinx throws herself off the side of the wall and Oedipus's reward for freeing the kingdom of Thebes from her curse is kingship and the hand of queen Jocasta. But, Jocasta is his biological mother, so the prophecy is fulfilled. All this takes place before the beginning of the play, which starts, years after Oedipus has taken the throne of Thebes.

The kingdom was affected by a plague, sent by the gods in response to Laius's murder. Oedipus searches for the murderer, not understanding he, himself carries the guilt.

A blind prophet, Tiresias is called by the king to give help for the search. The prophet’s answer is that Oedipus is looking for himself, and as response, Oedipus accuses Tiresias of conspiring with Creon, Jocasta's brother, to overthrow him.
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