What does Monoeceus resolve to do in The Phoenician Women? What happens to the Argive soldier Capaneus as he is scaling the city wall? In spite of Messenger’s initial good news about her sons, what does Jocasta learn from the Messenger concerning what they are about to do? What does Jocasta decide to do in response to this news? When Creon returns to the stage, what is he carrying? According to the Messenger, what were the circumstances of Jocasta’s death?
Menoeceus resolves to sacrifice himself, and do so by suicide. Jocasta learns from the Messenger that her sons plan to engage in one-on-one contest to determine the rulership of Thebes. She enlists Antigone to accompany her to the battlefield and try to stop their fight. Creon comes onstage carrying Menoeceus’s corpse. The Messenger reveals that Jocasta dies in the same manner as her nephew, by stabbing herself through the throat.