Creon, a Prince of Thebes, brother to Jocasta.
Chorus of Priests and Suppliants. Heartless should I be To see you prostrate thus, and feel no ruth.
For this our city, as thine eyes may see, Is sorely tempest-tossed, nor lifts its head From out the surging sea of blood-flecked waves, All smitten in the ripening blooms of earth, All smitten in the herds that graze the fields, Yea, and in timeless births of woman's fruit; And still the God, fire-darting Pestilence, As deadliest foe, upon our city swoops, And desolates the home where Cadmos dwelt, And Hades dark grows rich in sighs and groans.
For thou did'st come And freed'st this city, named of Cadmos old, From the sad tribute which of yore we paid To that stern songstress,  all untaught of us, And all unprompted; but by gift of God, Men think and say, thou did'st our life upraise.
Come then, noblest one, Raise up our city; come, take heed to it; As yet this land, for all thy former zeal, Calls thee its saviour: Omens good Were then with thee; thou did'st thy work, and now Be equal to thyself!
If thou wilt rule, As thou dost sway, this land wherein we dwell, 'Twere better far to rule o'er living men Than o'er a realm dispeopled. Nought avails, Or tower or ship, when men are not within. Each his burden bears, His own and not another's; but my heart Mourns for the state, for you, and for myself; And, lo, ye wake me not as plunged in sleep, But find me weeping, weeping many tears, And treading many paths in wandering thought; And that one way of health I, seeking, found, This have I acted on.
Well hast thou spoken! And these bring me word, That Creon comes advancing on his way. If one may guess, he's glad.
He had not come Crowned with rich wreaths  of fruitful laurel else. Soon we shall know. Our voice can reach him now. A right good answer! E'en our evil plight, If all goes well, may end in highest good.
What were the words? Nor full of eager hope, Nor trembling panic, list I to thy speech. I, if thou wish, am ready, these being by, To tell thee all, or go within the gates. Speak out to all.
I sorrow more for them Than for the woe which touches me alone. I then will speak what from the God I heard: But with what rites? And what the deed itself?
But whose fate is it that He pointeth to? So have I heard, for him I never saw. Now the God clearly bids us, he being dead, To take revenge on those who shed his blood.
Yes; but where are they? How to track the course Of guilt all shrouded in the doubtful past? Was it at home, or in the field, or else In some strange land that Laios met his doom? He went, so spake he, pilgrim-wise afar, And never more came back as forth he went.
Was there no courier, none who shared his road, Who knew what, learning, one might turn to good? Dead were they all, save one who fled for fear, And he knew nought to tell but one small fact.
He used to tell that robbers fell on him, Not man for man, but with outnumbering force.
How could the robber e'er have dared this deed, Unless some bribe from hence had tempted him?Or traveling, when Laius met his fate? Creon Abroad; he started, so he told us, bound So ran the story that is current still.
Oedipus Where did this happen? Dost thou know the place? my king. Oedipus With what intent? Herdsman To make away with it. Oedipus What, she its mother. In the Greek tragedy, Oedipus the King, the irony of fate brings the downfall of Oedipus. Fate, in this story affects three specific characters.
The gods have already decreed Oedipus and Jocasta’s fate even before they know it. Their fate was in fact decreed the day they were born, and trying to avoid seems to have been pointless. Oedipus the King. Sophocles Translated by David Grene CHARACTERS OEDIPUS, King of Thebes JOCASTA, His Wife CREON, His Brother-in-Law TEIRESIAS, an Old Blind Prophet.
Fate comes full circle in Oedipus at Colonus by Sophocles. The tragic king finds his finale in a foreign city while his sons begin to war. Aug 05, · Oedipus Rex is the story of a king of Thebes upon whom a hereditary curse is placed and who therefore has to suffer the tragic consequences of fate.
During a time of plague, fires, and other forms of decimation, Oedipus. - The Tragic Fate of Oedipus the King In the play Oedipus the King, 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.