Oedipus Rex or Oedipus the King

Summarize the story that Jocasta tells Oedipus. What does she hope Oedipus will do after listening to this story?


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Jocasta reveals that an oracle once came to Laius and told him that he would be killed by his son, though she too reiterates that Laius “was killed by foreign highway robbers / at a place where three roads meet” (715-6). She tells Oedipus that, three days after his birth, Laius pierced the ankles of the child and had him cast forth “upon a pathless hillside” Jocasta hopes that Oedipus will accept what he's told and not pursue the story any further.