OEDIPUS

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  • HAMARTIA is a fatal flaw that leads to the downfall of a hero. Oedipus' hamartia is that he fulfills the oracle by killing his father and taking his father and marrying his mother. This leads him to clawing out his own eyes.
  • It obviously wasn't me who killed the king!
  • HUBRIS is excessive pride or confidence. Oedipus has hubris when he tells the kingdom that he didn't kill the king, even though, ironically, he did.
  • PERIPETEIA is a sudden change in circumstances, like when Oedipus finds out that his birth father is actually the King who was killed, and that he was the one who killed him.
  • ANAGNORISIS is a moment where a character makes a crucial discovery. When Oedipus discovers that he actually has followed the oracle and that his wife/ mother is dead, his life is turned upside down.
  • Curse you, Oracle! You've ruined my life!
  • NEMESIS is a term used to describe the cause of a downfall. It would be logical to say that Oedipus' nemesis is the Oracle, or perhaps fate itself.
  • This is the scene where Oedipus claws his eyes out after discovering what his life has become.
  • CATHARSIS is the process of releasing one's emotions or venting. Oedipus reaches a point of catharsis once he finds out that he killed his father and married his mother, and that his mother/ wife is dead.
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