The child was called his child; but she within, your wife would tell you best how all this was
They will never see the crime I have committed or had upon me!
I did not think it fit that I should hear of this from messengers but came myself, I Oedipus whom all men call the Great
Anagnorisis is when a character experiences a moment of awareness. With the help of the Messanger and the Herdsman, Oedipus is finally able to see that he is the murder of Laius.
But it's in riddle answering you are strongest
Catharsis is the release of emotions such as pity or sadness experienced by the viewers of the play. Viewers now pity Oedipus, since he has had a change in fortune and has since lost his reputation.
You are a poor wretch to taunt me with the very insults which every one soon will heap upon yourself
Oedipus's hubris is able to be seen within the first moments of the play. Oedipus is talking to the town explaining the benefits if his presence. His pride will soon catch up to Oedipus.
Had you had eyes I would have said alone you murdered him
Hamartia is a flaw that a character has that causes their downfall. Oedipus's hamartia is debatable, with some of the more common interpretations of Oedipus's hamartia being his anger, determination, or hubris. He refuses to listen because of his pride, leading to his downfall.
It is this very luck that has destroyed you
I do not care, if it has saved this city
Yes, taunt me where you will find great
The theme of sight play is prominent throughout the whole story, but specifically when Oedipus and Teiresias speak to each other. Teiresias is actually blind but is able to see the truth, while Oedipus is blind to the truth even though he can see.
Your life is one long night so that you cannot hurt me or any other who sees the light
Teiresias is a major source of the play's foreshadowing. Teiresias tells Oedipus that he is the land's pollution, but because of his pride, Oedipus refuses to listen. Teiresias is able to foreshadow Oedipus's tragic fate.
Yes? Then I warn you faithfully to keep your letter of proclamation and from this day forth to speak no word of greeting to these nor me; you are the land's pollution