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The climax occurs when Oedipus realizes he has married his mother and killed his father. The oracle tells him this earlier, but only when the shepherd verifies the information does Oedipus know with certainty the truth. It is at this moment that his suffering is the most intense for he knows he could not avoid his fate. The rest of the play consists of the resolution, which involves Jocasta's death, him blinding himself, reunion with his children, leaving Thebes, and the final words of the chorus.