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Hamartia Oedipus unknowingly kills his father, King Laius. This rash decision sets him on his doomed fate.
Hubris Oedipus views himself above the normal standard of men. He has a right to claim a certain degree of pride for his accomplishments, but has taken this beyond a reasonable level, even placing himself at a level only succeeded by the gods, showing defiance towards them.
"Here I am – myself – you all know me, the world knows my fame: I am Oedipus."
Peripeteia Oedipus is intially seen as a man of great stature who upholds high moral standards. A man of wisdom and leadership. This all changes when the messanger from Tiresias arrives. Oedipus once again has to confront his fate from which he was so determined to avoid.
"I have come from the Oracle of Delphi. Your prophecy will come true."
Anagnorisis Queen Jocasta realizes that she has had children with her own son.
Nemesis Oedipus cannot avoid his prophecy. He unknowingly marries his mother.
Will you marry me?
Catharsis Oedipus's prophecy has come true. As a result, Jocasta hangs herself and Oedipus stabs his eyes out.
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