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As Oedipus continues his response, the dramatic irony is driven home. He mentions the former King Laius’ marriage-bed and that he is sleeping in it with the man’s wife. He doesn’t realize that those words actually mean he’s sleeping in his father’s bed with his own mother. Oedipus also says that if Laius and Jocasta had offspring, Oedipus’s children would have been their half-siblings ‘with common ties of motherhood.’ This reminds us that Laius’ child is Oedipus, which makes Oedipus’ children his siblings. The poor guy has no idea. As Oedipus continues his response, the dramatic irony is driven home. He mentions the former King Laius’ marriage-bed and that he is sleeping in it with the man’s wife. He doesn’t realize that those words actually mean he’s sleeping in his father’s bed with his own mother. Oedipus also says that if Laius and Jocasta had offspring, Oedipus’s children would have been their half-siblings ‘with common ties of motherhood.’ This reminds us that Laius’ child is Oedipus, which makes Oedipus’ children his siblings. The poor guy has no idea.

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