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The power of a prophecy and the effects that come from the words of the messengers play a critical role in both Oedipus the King and the beginning of the Oedipus at Colonus. In every scene, the messengers put all the pieces of puzzle together while the prophecy carries out the flow of the story. In ancient time, people utterly believed in prescient properties of dreams and prophecy, including the King himself. Oedipus has two prophecies that he worries about: the prophecy that said he will kill his father and the prophecy that said he will sleep with his mother. When the messenger from Corinth tells the news that Polybus, Oedipus’ father, is dead from natural causes, Oedipus concludes he worry about the prophecies. He says, “Polybus / packs all the prophecies off to sleep with him in hell!” (1062–1063). Oedipus is still in despair over the second prophecy but the messenger prevails on him to end his worrisome when he reports that Polybus and his wife, are not Oedipus’s biological parents. So far, the messengers carry news that are crucial to both Oedipus and the audience. Moreover, Jocasta commits suicides and Oedipus then blinded himself when the messenger reveals that Oedipus unknowingly killed his father and married his mother, Jocasta. All the main events happens after the news come out from the messengers which proves that the words from the messengers are as important as the prophecies. Oedipus was banished from Thebes, but when he’s is at the Colonus, his sons and Creon from Thebes try to take Oedipus back only because of a prophecy that said Oedipus’s burial place will bring good fortune to the city. Oedipus unknowingly committed the crimes that the prophecies stated and every characters in the play take action either to follow the prophecies or prevent the prophecies. The words from the messengers solve the mystery and the predictions from the prophecies foreshadow dramatic future events. For that reason, they both become memorable and useful to the audience.  

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