Oedipus the King

Oedipus the King

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  • "Not twice you shall say calumnies like this and stay unpunished." 
  • Hubris
  • "I say you are the murderer of the king whose murderer you seek."
  • "Upon the murderer I invoke this curse- whether he is one man and all unknown, or one of many - may he wear out his life in misery... "
  • Hamartia 
  • "O Oedipus, unhappy Oedipus! that is all I can call you, and the last thing that I shall ever call you."
  • Forshadow 
  • Oedipus shows hubris in that his pride gets in the way of him, seeing the truth which was that he was the killer of king Laius. 
  • "Drive me from here with all the speed you can to where I may not hear a human voice. " 
  • Catharsis
  • Oedipus's pride is his hamartia, which is a flaw that leads to his downfall, his pride leads him to curse the person who killed Laius. He is yet to know that this curse is over his own life, for he is the one who killed Laius. 
  • "King Phoebus in plain words commanded us to drive out a pollution in our land ..."
  • Oracle 
  • Forshadow is when a character or author hints on something that will happen later in the book. Jocasta is foreshadowing that she will not see Oedipus ever again by saying this is the last time "I shall ever call you."
  • "O God, I think I have called curses on myself in ignorance. " 
  • "He was a tall man and his hair was grizzled already - nearly white - and in his form not unlike you."
  • Anagnorisis
  • Catharsis which is a releases of emotion such as pity which can be seen with Oedipus who asked Creon to vanish him from the Kingdom. Oedipus shows pity for himself when addressing Creon. 
  • An oracle is a person who talks with the gods and gives messages from them. Creon goes to Oedipus and tells him what the god, Apollo has told him and he spoke with the oracle who told him that the pollution in the land must be driven out. 
  • Anagnorisis is a moment of awareness. This seen in Odeipus when he starts to realize he is the son of Liaus and that Jocasta is his mother whom he married. 
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