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  • POSITION
  • - " I, Oedipus, your world-renowned king”
  • HAMARTIA
  • The trusty Creon, my familiar friend, Has lain in wait to oust me and suborned This charlatan, this juggling impostor, This phony beggar-priest, for money alone Keen-eyed, but in his proper art stone-blind.
  • REVERSAL
  • "Since Polybus was nothing to you in blood."
  • "My father is no more to me than one who is nothing? "
  • The first Characteristic of an archetypal tragic hero is position which is a noble and well respected person; usually a king. Oedipus establishes his position. He is the king and he thinks highly of himself.
  • RECOGNITION
  • Ah me! ah me! All brought to pass, all true! O light, may I behold you nevermore! I stand a wretch, in birth, in wedlock cursed, A parricide, incestuously, triply cursed!
  • The second characteristic of a tragic hero is hamartia which is the flaw and Oedipus' flaw is hubris. He has too much pride and he jumps to conclusions too fast. He is making false accusations.
  • The third characterisitic of a tragic hero is reversal. In this scene, Oedipus learns from the messenger that Polybus and Merope are not his real parents.
  • The last characteristic of a tragic hero is Recognition which is where the hero realizes his own flaw, and it is now too late to escape. Oedipus finally realizes the truth. He understands everything that has happened.
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