Oedipus

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  • Hamartia
  • Hubris
  • Peripeteia
  • Oedipus has a downfall when his fate becomes true. He refuses to accept his fate of killing his father and marrying his mother, however he ends up doing both of these.
  • Anagnorisis
  • Oedipus's hubris is his attempt to not accept his fate. The Oracle of Delphi told him that his fate was to marry his mother and kill his father, but he refused to do so.
  • Nemesis
  • An unexpected turn of event is when Oedipus finds out that his so-called father isn't his true birth father. He learns that his father is King Laius.
  • Catharsis
  • Oedipus has a moment of discovery when the messenger delivers the news that his father is dead. He discovers that he is not real his father and his birth father is King Laius.
  • Nemesis is present in the play when Oedipus's fate is to marry his mother and kill his father. He tries to avoid it, but it is his fate to do so.
  • The audience may feel pity when Jocasta kills herself. She commits suicide because she discovers that she was married to her son.
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