Oedipus Rex


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defining principles of a tragic hero in Oedipus rex

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  • Harmatia
  • I love you, husband!
  • I love you, wife!
  • Hubris
  • There, didn't I tell you from the start? It's all chance, chance rules our lives. Not a man on earth can see a day ahead.
  • Oedipus, your father, King Polybus is dead!
  • Peripeteia
  • The child came from the house of Lauis. . . his son they said it was!
  • O god-all come true, all burst to light! I stand revealed at last, cursed in birth, cursed in marriage, cursed in the lives I cut down with these hands!
  • Harmatia appears in the play when it is revealed that, according to fate, Oedipus marries his mother and kills his father. This will prove to be disastrous for Oedipus, because this will be the reason that he will drive to discover his true identity, and ultimately blind himself.
  • Anagnorisis
  • You'll see no more the pain I suffered, the all the pain I caused! Too long you looked on the ones you never should have seen,blind to the ones you long to see, to know! Blind from this hour on! Blind in the darkness-blind!
  • Hubris appears in the play when the Corinthian messenger tells Jocasta and Oedipus that King Polybus(Oedipus' alleged father) is dead. Jocasta says that this proves fate does not matter, and all of their lives are up to chance. This pride will lead to the downfall of the king and queen.
  • Nemesis
  • Why didn't I listen to my wife-no, mother? Why did I need to know the truth? Why couldn't I just live in ignorance, unknowing but happy? I am not fit to be looked upon by my fellow men. I must be driven out!
  • Peripeteia occurs in the play when Oedipus learns from the shepherd that saved him from death as a child that he is the one who is bringing the plague on Thebes. Oedipus was the one who murdered King Laius, who is also revealed by the shepherd to be his father. This brings about a large change in fortune, and throws the king down to a level below all other men.
  • Catharsis
  • You'll get your wish at once.
  • I am going-you know on what condition? Drive me out of Thebes, in exile.
  • Anagnorisis appears in the play at the moment when Oedipus comes to the revelation that he killed King Laius, his father, and married his mother. This discovery is so traumatic for him, he gouges out his own eyes. This dramatic reveal and action following it serve a a wonderful climax.
  • Nemesis makes an appearence in this story when Oedipus makes himself blind to punish himself for his crimes, and demands to be exiled according to the curses he put on himself. His downfall is the inescapable tug of curiosity, and the archetypal quests for truth and identity.
  • Catharsis is shown at the end of the story, when you see that Oedipus is blind, hobbling forward with the help of a boy, begging his wife's brother Creon to be exiled. This brings about strong senses of pity for Oedipus and fear for ourselves, but also releases all the powerful emotions we have felt throughout the story by showing that the king is now a beggar.
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