What is the plot of Sophocles's Oedipus Rex?  

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The plot of Sophocles's Oedipus Rex adheres to Aristotle's three unities: unity of place, unity of time, and unity of action. Unity of place means that all of the action occurs in just one location; in this case, it is the front steps of the palace where Oedipus resides with his wife, Jocasta. Unity of time means that all of the action takes place within one day. Unity of action means that there is just one main plot and not lots of other smaller subplots.

Oedipus walks out onto the palace steps and sees suppliants there, praying for divine aid. Thebes suffers terribly from a blight on the crops as well as a sickness in the livestock. Oedipus has already sent his brother-in-law, Creon, to the oracle to ask for help, and he assures the Thebans that he feels their pain even more than they do. Creon says that finding out who murdered the former king, Laius, will end the sickness, so Oedipus vows to figure it out and cast out whoever it is. Oedipus then sends for the blind prophet, Teiresias , who...

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