Oedipus Rex

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  • Hamartia
  • And I of dreadful hearing. Yet I must hear.
  • If you must be told then... They said it was Laius' child; but it is your wife who can tell you about that.
  • Hubris
  • I have come myself to hear you - I, Oedipus, who bear the famous name.
  • Peripeteia
  • This is the king who solved the famous riddle and towered up most powerful men...
  • Men of Thebes: look upon Oedipus.
  • ...Yet in the end ruin swept over him.
  • The flaw that causes the hero's downfall
  • Anagnorsis
  • Ah God! It was true! All the prophecies! I, Oedipus, Oedipus, damned in his birth, in his marriage damned, Damned in the blood he shed with his own hand!
  • Excessive pride
  • Nemesis
  • Apollo. Apollo. Dear children, the god was Apollo. He brought my sick, sick fate upon me. But the blinding hand was my own! How could I bear to see when all my sight was horror everywhere?
  • A reversal of fortune
  • Catharsis
  • The moment when the hero makes a critical discovery
  • A fate that cannot be avoided
  • The feeling of pity or fear the audience experiences after the hero's fall
  • He is calling for someone to lead him to the gates so that all the children of Cadmus may look upon his father's murderer, his mother's - no, I cannot say it! And then he will leave Thebes, self-exiled. He is weak, and there is none to lead him, so terrible is his suffering...
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