n THE CITIZENS OF THEBES HAVE GATHERED IN PRAYER.
n ODEIPUS HAS COME PERSONALLY TO HEAR THE CITIZENS ALTHOUGH HE'S FAMOUS.
n OEDIPUS ASKS THE ELDEST PERSON TO SPEAK ON BEHALF OF THE PEOPLE.THE ELDER IS A PRIEST.
n EVERYONE IS CONSERNED BECAUSE OF THE PLAGUE EFFECTING THEBES.
n OEDIPUS HAS SAVED THE CITY FROM THE SPHINX AND THE ELDER ASKS FOR HIS HELP AGAIN.
n OEDIPUSSHARES THEIR PAIN AND IS ALREADY AWARE OF THE SITUATION.
n OEDIPUS HAS SENT CREON TO THE ORACLE TO FIND OUT HOW TO PROCEEDE.
n CREON HAS IMPORTANT INFORMATION BUT SAYS THAT THEY SHOULD SPEAK IN PRIVATE.
n OEDIPUS SAYS THAT SINCE THE INFORMATION EFFECTS EVERYONE THAT IT CAN BE SAID IN FRONT OF EVERYONE.
n CREON SAYS THAT GOD WANTS THEM TO GET RID OF AN EVIL PRESCENCE IN THEBES.
n OEDIPUSWNATS TO KNOW WHAT THE EVIL IS.
n CREON SAYS THAT IT'S A MURDER AND THEY SHOULD KILL OR EXILE HIM.
n CREON SAYS THE FORMER KING LAIOS WAS MURDERD BY HIGHWAYMEN.
Oedipus needs to exile or kill the murderer of Laios. It is believed that this in turn will rid Thebes of the plague.
Oedipus states that if anyone in Thebes has any information regarding the murder to come forward, even if they fear the consquiences of not comming forward sooner , because nothing bad will happen to them. Oedipus goes on to say that if it is found out that this person did know and said nothing then nobody is to ever again speak to this person or allow them in to their home. He also puts a curse on them for ever.