Pgs. 13-15
The priest tells Oedipus that he is the only one that can save Thebes from the plague and that since Oedipus is the king, then he should resolve the problem. Oedipus replies by saying that he sent his brother in law, Creon, to the Oracle of Apollo to resolve the problem that is ailing Thebes; the plague. As Creon returns the Priest says that he must bring good news because he was "crowned with sprigs of fruitful laruel"(92, 93). Creon asks Oedipus if they shoulk talk in private, but Oedpius tells him to "speak it to all"(93). Creon reveals that he was told by the oracle that they should get rid of what is defiling the land before it grows any more. Later he explains that the "pollution" (98) is a man who murdered Laius and who is currently in Thebes.

In Ancient Greece plays usually opened with a prologue, which are usually in forms of a dialogue to inform the reader of what had previously happened, which is what happens in pgs. 13-15. 'Hamartia', a character flaw, which is usually included in many Greek plays is shown in Oedipus' personality with his arrogance of solving the riddle of the Sphinx and claiming that he will find a solution for the Theban plague by destroying and banishing Laius' killer. Oedipus' 'hamartia' is revealed to the reader in these pages when he promisses to find the killer who later we find out turns out to be him.

Carolina Gouveia