Oedipus

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Aristotles description of a tragic hero

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  • Hamartia
  • "I am in the brink of dreadful hearing, yet i must hear!"
  • Hubris
  • Peripeteia
  • The tragic flaw that causes Oedipus' downfall is his need to continue to pursue everything.
  • Anagnorisis
  • Oedipus shows his excessive pride after he stabs himself in the eyes as a result of his downfall, and then he continues to give Creon orders.
  • Nemesis
  • Oedipus good fortune is reversed when the drought comes, followed by famine. This foreshadows that his downfall is approaching.
  • Catharsis
  • Oedipus discovers that the prophecy has come true. He was the cause of his father's death and he wed to his mother. Because of this, Oedipus stabs himself in the eyes to blind himself.
  • When Oedipus hears of the prophecy, he leaves who he believes to be his father and mother. Only to enter Thebes where his real parents rule. This shows that his fate cannot be avoided.
  • When Oedipus finds out the truth about his past, he feels extremely shameful. In fact, he feels so shameful that plunges Jocasta's brooch into his eyes to blind himself. The readers feel pity for Oedipus. The guilt and temporary insanity that he's feeling is what caused his impulsive and irrational actions.
  • "Had I died then I would not be so burdensome to friends."
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