In the play Oedipus Rex , Oedipus the main character meets with a tragic fate. In the beginning he is a mighty king, ruler of the city of Thebes. Then the people of Thebes come to him with a problem. The city is tragically on the surge of death. Oedipus, being the mighty king he is, is determined to solve the problem. Oedipus saved the city once before and became a hero. Now faced with this problem he would like to be a hero again, but things don’t always take a turn out good.

When the priest and the people of Thebes come to Oedipus, the priest tells Oedipus, “Your own eyes must tell you: Thebes is in her extremity and cannot lift her head from the surge of death.” (802). They then tell Oedipus that they know he is a great king and they turn to him to find a remedy. Oedipus saved the city once before from the Sphinx by solving the riddle and destroying her. Now faced with this new problem he has no choice but to solve the problem and save the city once again.

Oedipus then sends his brother Creon to get whatever information he can. Creon leaves the city and then comes back with some information. He tells Oedipus that the gods command them to expel from the land of Thebes an old defilement that it seems they shelter. The gods tell them to take revenge upon whoever killed there past king. Oedipus, now the mighty king, is determined to find out what happened. He says, "Then once more I must bring what is dark to light. You shall see how I stand by you, as I should, to avenge the city and the city’s god.” (804).

The first thing Oedipus does is to call on Teiresias who is the holy prophet in whom, alone of all men, truth was born. When Teiresias arrives he tells Oedipus, “ Let me go home. Bear your own fate, and I’ll bear mine. It is better so: trust what I say.” (808). Oedipus can not accept this and demands to know what Teiresias knows. He calls Teiresias a wicked man and tells him he has no feeling. Teiresias still refuses and then Oedipus charges Teiresias with the crime. Teiresias then tells Oedipus what he knows, “I say that you are the murderer whom you seek.” (809). Oedipus can not believe this and then says, “Are you speaking for Creon, or for yourself?” Oedipus is in so disbelief he blames Creon of the crime thinking that Creon did it for wealth, power, and the king’s position.

When Creon hears this he goes to Oedipus and tells him that he is innocent and that he can’t believe that Oedipus would blame him of this crime. Oedipus asks him about Teiresias and why didn’t he tell him this news before. Oedipus says, why did Teiresias keep this news about me to himself? Creon then says, they asked him before and the prophet did not speak of you. Then Oedipus says, “ If he were not involved with you, he could not say that it was I who murdered the king.” (814). Creon then tells Oedipus that he wouldn’t even want to be king. He wouldn’t want that responsibility and that he has the perfect position. He has none of the king worries and all of the king power.

Then Oedipus, still in disbelief that he is the killer, starts to find out the truth. In talking to his wife, Iocaste, she tells him that the only person who saw the killing is an old servant of hers who left the city. Oedipus calls for the servant to return to the city. When the servant comes to the city he doesn’t want to talk to Oedipus, but Oedipus forces him to tell what he knows. The servant tells Oedipus that the past king had him take his son and leave him on a mountainside because it was said that his son would kill him. The servant then says that he took the child but couldn’t leave him, so he gave him to someone of a far away city. He then told Oedipus that he was this child.

Then Oedipus remembers that on his