Oedipus, aware that there is a curse on Thebes, sends Creon for additional information. Oedipus is informed that to lift the curse, he must find and prosecute Laius’s murderer. He promises to fix things.
Oedipus questions Teiresias, a messenger, Jocasta, and a shepherd for information about Laius’s murder and his own birth. Gradually he begins to uncover the truth.
Jocasta and Oedipus both realize that they have committed incest and that Oedipus has murdered his father, Laius. Jocasta hangs herself and Oedipus gouges his eyes out and is exiled.