A prideful young man hears rumors that he is adopted and goes to see a psychic, who tells him that he’ll kill his father and marry his mother. This really grosses him out, so he leaves.
Road rage ensues and he kills a man. Then, a large bully makes him solve a riddle, or else…! His guess is correct: “Man.” The city makes him their leader and he marries the wife of the previous leader (who was recently murdered). Vowing to bring the murderer to justice, he discovers that it was his father he had killed and his mother he had married.
Upon discovering this, his mother/wife hangs herself and he uses her brooch to gouge his eyes out. Now he is no longer metaphorically blind, but is actually blind.
The moral: Irony and Fate – two bitches NOT to mess with.
What story am I?
Oedipus the King by Sophocles
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I think I saw this on an episode of Jerry Springer, as well.
I have decided to approach this challenge in a different way than most. I am trying to make my entries a reverse challenge to the reader by asking them to guess what story my plot summary is about.