Another sign that Oedipus is expecting is related to natural
calamities. He knows that his life will be over when he gets the following
Either an earthquake
or some thunder or lightning from Zeus. (95)
He announces this at the beginning of the play in what we'd
call a pretty heavy-handed use of foreshadowing.
Sure enough, bring on the thunder machines. The storm comes
rolling in and Oedipus recognizes it as his last farewell:
This winged thunder
from Zeus will at once
Take me to Hades.
The natural occurrences of earthquakes and thunder are, for
Oedipus, more than just another Weather Channel special feature. The natural
world is the manifestation of the divine world of the gods and their plans. In
this case, a storm means the sweet release of death.