Oedipus

Oedipus
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  • Hubris 
  • ¨I Oedipus whom all men call the Great.¨
  • Ethos
  • "You came and by your coming saved our city, freed us from the tribute which we paid of old to the Sphinx, cruel singer."
  • Logos
  • "King Polybus in plain words commands us to drive out a pollution from our land, pollution has grown ingrained within the land;  drive it out, said the God."
  • Oedipus shows immense pride, his self-determination proves he has pride in himself. The people prayed to Oedipus. The people expected him to heal the land of its plague.
  • Hamartia
  • "Did you or did you not urge me to send this prophetic mumbler?"
  • The Priest goes to Oedipus for assistance to save the city again. The Priest trusts Oedipus and his ability to save the city because he has not let them don before. 
  • Catharsis 
  • "When all my sight was horror everywhere."
  • It is God who controlled Oedipus's fate to kill his father and marry his mother. The people had the power of the prophecy through the Oracle and Oedipus knew his fate.
  • Pathos
  • "O my lord! O true noble Creon! Can I really be touching them, as when I saw/"
  • Oedipus accuses Creon of trying to overthrow him, since it was he who recommended that he goes to see Tiresias. Creon asks for Oedipus to be rational, but he refuses.
  • At this point Oedipus realizes his role in the difficulty of the people of Thebes. At this time of his realization, Oedipus begins to feel great remorse and shame for what he has done. 
  • Oedipus appeals to Creon's emotions and pity, hoping to convince him to feel sorry for him to be with his daughters one last time. 
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