Oedipus

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  • HAMARTIA
  • HUBRIS
  • In truth is strength.
  • It is. But not for you, you purblind man: in ears and mind and vision.
  • PERIPETEIA
  • He never gave you life, no more than I.
  • Oedipus' fatal flaw is his arrogance. He does not care what the prophecy says and thinks he is above it, which eventually leads to his downfall.
  • ANAGNORISIS
  • At last it's blazing clear...Myself entwined with those I never could. And I the killer of those I never would.
  • Oedipus believes he can defy fate and prophecies do not apply to him. His excessive pride causes him to commit the actions he fears most: marrying his mother and killing his father.
  • CATASTROPHE
  • Events take a turn when a messenger reveals to Oedipus that he is not the son of Polybus, King of Corinth. In this scene, Oedipus realizes that he is Jocasta and Laius' biological child and the prophecy has come true.
  • CATHARSIS
  • Oedipus recognizes his mistake when he accepts that he is Lauis' killer. The tragic hero comes to terms with his actions.
  • The fall of the tragic hero occurs at the end of the play when Oedipus realizes fate is real and cannot be avoided. The catastrophe is his downfall.
  • Throughout the play, there are multiple instances of dramatic irony. For example, Oedipus accuses multiple people for the murder of Lauis, while the audience knows he is the true killer. This causes them to feel frustrated, and relieved when the truth is revealed at the end.
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