Oedipus

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  • Hamartia The flaw that causes the hero's downfall
  • The prophecy is false!
  • Hubris Excessive Pride
  • Peripeteia A reversal of fortune
  • Polybus has died!
  • Oedipus married his mother and killed his father, but his pride leads him to deny it
  • Anagnorisis The moment when the hero makes a critical discovery
  • Oedipus will not believe what people are telling him about the prophecy because of his pride
  • Nemesis A fate that cannot be avoided
  • Catharsis The feeling of pity or fear the audience experiences after the hero's fall
  • Oedipus starts to realize his destiny when the messenger comes with this news
  • Oedipus realizes he is fulfilling his prophecy and he was the baby abandoned on Mount Citheron
  • Oedpis killed his father and married his mother and cannot go back to fix it
  • The audience feels pity and fear for Oedipus when he realizes his identity and returns back to Mount Citheron
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