Oedipus Rex

Oedipus Rex

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  •     Oedipus Rex shows hamartia when he cursed the murderer but in reality curses himself. In scene 1 " I will defend him as I would my own father." This is hamartia because he is angry to find the murderer.
  •     Oedipus Rex shows Hubris when Oedipus unknowingly killed his own father the king, through his own pride and then takes his place. In scene prologue, " whoever he was that killed the king may readily wish to kill me with his murderous hand!." This is hubris because Oedipus believe he killed not his father.
  • Oedipus Rex shows peripeteia when he goes from being one of the common men to become the king, marrying his mother in the process without knowing. In scene 1 " telling everyone, she encountered a riddle and Oedipus answered then he married his mother." This is peripeteia because the audience already knew with this information. 
  • Oedipus Rex shows Anagnorisis when after several years and several children, Oedipus realizes that he actually failed in his attempt to avoid his fate. In scene 4 " o,o,o a light of the sun, let me look upon you no more. cursed is my life." This is Anagnorisis because he knows his unknown life.
  • Oedipus Rex shows Nemesis when Oedipus finally receives his unavoidable fate, so he stabs his eyes, going blind, and the queen hangs herself. In scene Exodus  " O princes, our glorious queen Jocasta is dead, dashed them into his own eyeball." This is nemesis because Oedipus finds himself guilty. 
  • Oedipus Rex shows catharsis when Oedipus spends the rest of his life blind guided by his daughter and continuously haunted by his previous actions. In scene Exodus  " do not tell me I am wrong. what I have done is best, so give me no more advice." This is catharsis because of Oedipus paying to his life what he did in the past.
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