When jocasta finds out what oedipus knows it induces

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When Jocasta finds out what Oedipus knows, it induces her to realize that her prophecy had become fulfilled a long time ago, and that she was married to her son all along. Oedipus forces the truth out from the old shepherd; however, when he returns to Jocasta, she is already dead; she has killed herself. Oedipus, in despair and in agitation, gauges his eyes out when he sees Jocasta, cursing himself for the way he has been blind to everything around him throughout his life. These exciting and intense moments in the play create the climax, and it’s the highest point of the play; the exposition merely introduced the background information and the rising action built up the events for this climax to take place. After Oedipus gets rid of his symbolic blindness while embracing his new literal blindness, he doesn’t forget that there is yet another prophecy that still needs to be fulfilled, the prophecy pertaining the curse over Thebes. Since he now knows he is the man who killed King Laius, Oedipus exiles himself from Thebes, and leaves Thebes and his daughters under the watchful care of Creon, who he now thrones as the king. This conclusion and solution to the conflict within the story is coined denouement; after the climax, the highest point, the story’s plot decelerates to the final.
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