Oedipus Rex


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  • Hamartia
  • You sightless, witless, senseless, mad old man!
  • Hubris
  • I will not listen; the truth must be made known.
  • Everything that I say is for your own good!
  • Peripeteia
  • I, Oedipus, Oedipus, damned in his birth, in his marriage damned, Damned in the blood he shed with his own hand!
  • The flaw that causes the heroes downfall. In this scene, Oedipus' hamartia is revealed when he refuses to listen to Teresias which shows his arrogance.
  • Anagnorisis
  • Oedipus
  • For if you are what this man says you are, No man living is more wretched than Oedipus.
  • Teresias
  • Excessive pride. In this scene, excessive pride is shown because Oedipus refuses to listen to anyone else but himself because he thinks everything he is doing is right.
  • Nemesis
  • Oedipus
  • Apollo said through his prophet that I was the man Who should marry his own mother, shed his father's blood With his own hands.
  • Jocasta
  • A reversal of fortune. In this scene, Oedipus realizes that everything people were saying about him being the murderer was true, and then everything starts to go downhill for him.
  • Catharsis
  • Oedipus
  • A great sob broke from him, heartbreaking to hear, As he loosed the rope and lowered her to the ground.
  • Shepherd
  • The moment when a hero makes a critical discovery. This is the scene where Oedipus discovers that it is he in fact did not escape his fate.
  • Oedipus
  • Shepherd
  • A fate that cannot be avoided. Oedipus was told by the oracle that the fate he could not avoid was killing his father and marrying his mother.
  • Oedipus
  • Messenger
  • The feeling of pity or fear that the audience experiences after the heroes downfall. In this scene, the messenger is explaining the misfortune Oedipus is experiencing, causing the audience to feel pity
  • Second Messenger
  • Choragos
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