oedipus

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  • HAMARTIA
  • "The groom jostled me and I in a fury landed him a blow [...] I killed him. I killed them all" (45).
  • HUBRIS
  • PERIPETEIA
  • "Oh, look upon the city, see the storm that batters down this city's prow in waves of blood" (5).
  • Oedipus's flaw is his temper. This temper drives Oedipus to kill Laius.
  • ANAGNORISIS
  • "Lost! Ah lost! At last it's blazing clear [...] Myself entwined with those I never could. And I the killer I never would" (67).
  • Oedipus's excessive pride leads him to brashly search for Laius's murderer. This pride leads Oedipus to discover his origins.
  • CATASTROPHE
  • Oedipus has been ruling prosperously until Thebes begins suffering from crop failure, disease, and infertility. 
  • CATHARSIS
  • Oedipus discovers his origins. He laments that he has killed his father and married his mother.
  • Upon realizing the truth, Jocasta commits suicide. Oedipus decides he wants to see no longer after seeing the truth, and uses Jocasta's brooch to blind himself.
  • The paranoia and frantic curiosity comes to an end with Oedipus's demands to Creon. The mysteries end but the fallout could have been avoided had Oedipus not been curious. 
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