What are Menoeceus's resolution and Capaneus's fate in The Phoenician Women? What news does Jocasta receive about her sons, and how does she respond? What does Creon carry upon his return, and how does Jocasta die?
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.
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