According to Oedipus the king, Oedipus, the king ofThebes, is a tragic hero who experiences a unique relationship with his familyand his citizens. Oedipus swear to their citizens, who killed Laius, he willbanish him, but he did not know that he is swearing himself. Tiresias is theblind person and he is a person who has to find the murderer. Tiresias knewthat the murderer is Oedipus, but he did not tell the king. “What? You know andyou won’t tell? You’re bent on betraying us, destroying Thebes?” Oedipus asked(Fagles, 1984, pg.177).
“I’d rather not cause pain for you or me. So why this…useless interrogation? You’ll get nothing from me” Tiresias answered (Fagles,1984, pg.177). Oedipus was so angry thatTiresias did not tell him.
But at the end, Tiresias unwillingly tell him, themurderer is Oedipus that killed Laius and married with Jocasta. Oedipus has notbelieved him and thought that Creon wants to eliminate him and want to be theking instead of him. After that time, Oedipus tried to find the truth, and hefound out that he is a murderer. After he knew, he is a murderer, he runs tofind Jocasta, but he saw her hung herself. “And there we saw the woman hangingby the neck, cradled high in a woven noose, spinning, swinging back and forth”(Fafles, 1984, p.237). “You, you’ll see no more pain I suffered, all the pain Icaused! Too long you looked on the ones you never should have seen, blind tothe ones you longed to see, to know! Blind from this hour on!” Oedipus said (Fagles, 1984, pg.
237). Theking has poked his eyes out because he felt guilty about what the things thathe has done. The important quest of Oedipus in Oedipus the king found out whokilled Laius.
He did everything for himself, he did not care about others. Hedid not care what is Jocasta thinking, or what is the citizens thinking. Hetries to escape his true fate from his previous life.
Many tragic eventsfollowed the revealing of the truth.