Oedipus pt 2

Oedipus pt 2

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  • Nemesis
  • ”He rips off her brooches... and lifting them high, looking straight at the point’s, he digs them down the sockets of his eyes” (ln 1402-1405).
  • “Take me away, far from Thebes, quickly, cast me away, my friends” (ln 1476-1478).
  • In the first scene, Oedipus is depicted taking his mother’s brooches off her dead body and stabbing himself in the eyes with them. This is his punishment for laying eyes on those he should have never seen. This clearly demonstrates Nemesis because he should have never had children with his mother, and because he did so, he punished himself by destroying his own sight. In the second scene, Oedpius is depicted being led by a little boy, begging for his immediate banishment. This clearly demonstrates Nemesis because his own banishment is the punishment he places on himself for angering the gods. He did so by not only killing his father, but fathering his mothers children. This is what caused the gods to place a terrible plague in his city, and the only way to end it was to punish himself, which he did.
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