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  • Oedipus's downfall is his unwillingness to accept his fate. In a talk with Teiresias, Teiresias explains Oedipus is the murderer whom he seeks. Oedipus responds with, "Now twice you have spit out infamy. You'll pay for it!
  • Oedipus is seen as a powerful ruler by the people, and he takes pride in that.
  • Yes, i'm ruler, as everyone should know.
  • When Oedipus comes to the fact that he is his father's murderer, and his mother's husband. After this he re-evaluates his life and that is the reversal.
  • What have i done? I'm a murderer.
  • The flaw that causes the hero's downfall.
  • When Oedipus realizes who his actual parents are, and learns of his own self as well. Then comes to conclusion he killed his father and married his mother.
  • Excessive pride
  • Once born, Oedipus' fate was he was going to kill his father, and marry his mother.
  • Oracle
  • A reversal of fortune
  • The audience can experience fear after Oedipus gouges out his eyeballs.
  • The moment when the hero makes a critical discovery
  • I can't live knowing this.
  • A fate that cannot be avoided
  • You're going to kill your father and marry your mother.
  • The feeling of pity or fear the audience experiences after the hero's fall.
  • No more, no more shall you look on the misery about me, the horrors of my own doing!
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