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  • Hamartia
  •  Jocasta: "Yet be persuaded, please. Do not proceed." Oedipus: Persuaded from the truth? Pursuing it? I must." (Sophocles 59).
  • Hubris
  • Oedipus: "You can't hurt me, you night-hatched thing! Me or any man who lives in light." (Sophocles 22).
  • Peripetia
  • Antistrophe: "I knew not, nor know of a quarrel // Or a reason to challenge to challenge // The fame of Oedipus."  (Sophocles 28).
  • One of Oedipus's fatal flaws includes his incessant thirst for knowledge. This would lead him to learn of his incestuous relationship with his mother and the true nature of his father's death.
  • Anagnorisis
  • Oedipus has excessive arrogance and pride in himself that leads to disaster, like when he rejects the prophet Tiresias's warnings.
  • Catastrophe
  • Oedipus's good fortune began to turn after Tiresias accused Oedipus of murdering Laius and sleeping with his mother. Society began to doubt their "good king" Oedipus.
  • Catharsis
  • Oedipus realizes that Tiresias was right; Oedipus had slept with his mother and killed his father, Laius. 
  • Oedipus: "Lost! Ah lost! At last it's blazing clear. // Light of my days, go dark. I want to gaze no more. // My birth all sprung revealed from those it never should, // Myself entwined with those I never could. // And I the killer of those I never would." (Sophocles 67).
  • Jocasta cannot live with the fact that the prophecy came true, and so she hangs herself. Oedipus believes that he can only truly see the truth if he blinds himself, so he does just that and banishes himself.
  • Official: "She killed herself. // You cannot apprehend, you who were not there, // how horrible it was." (Sophocles 69).
  • The emotional release experienced by the audience of a tragic play.
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