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Oedipus Rex | Characters

Character Description
Oedipus Oedipus is the current king of Thebes, who initially arrived as a stranger and saved the city from the Sphinx. Read More
Jocasta Jocasta is the widow of King Laius of Thebes, and she is married to Oedipus. Read More
Creon Creon is Jocasta's brother. Read More
Teiresias Teiresias is an old, blind prophet who is consulted regarding the reason for the plague that torments the city of Thebes. Read More
Antigone Antigone is the young daughter of Oedipus and Jocasta.
Boy The boy is a guide for the blind prophet Teiresias.
Chorus The Chorus provides commentary that helps the audience interpret the play and interacts with characters to clarify events.
Ismene Ismene is the young daughter of Oedipus and Jocasta.
Messenger The messenger, who brings news of Polybus's death, freed the baby Oedipus from his ankle binding and gave him to Polybus and Merope.
Second Messenger The second messenger reports the death of Jocasta and the self-blinding of Oedipus.
Servant The servant is an old shepherd, a former slave of Laius, who is the one murder witness left alive and who was supposed to have killed the baby Oedipus but could not bring himself to do it.
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