Oedipus

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  • HAMARTIA
  • Upon the murderer i invoke this curse: may he live out of his life in misery to miserable doom!
  • HUBRIS
  • Where was your gift of prophecy then? I came and stoopped her. Mine was knowledge got from birds.
  • PERIPETEIA
  • Do not ask for everything your way, your time to give orders has passed away.
  • Oedipus Rex shows hamartia when he cursed the man who killed King Laius.In the paragraph 1 it said, "Upon the murdered i invoke this curse".This scene shows hamartia because when he cursed the man who killed Laius, he accidentally cursed himself, but he didn't know that yet. This decisions will get him to his downfall.
  • ANAGNORISIS
  • O, o, o light of the sun, let me look upon you no more. Cursed is my life.
  • Oedipus Rex shows hubris when he insulted the prophet and the gods. In the scene 1 it said, "Where was your gift of prophecy then? I came and stopped her".This scene shows hubris because he thinks he's stronger and more clever than the gods. This will cause everything turn bad on him.
  • NEMESIS
  • I need to leave...i don't want the prophecy to come true, at cost to abandon my family.
  • Oedipus Rex shows peripeteia when he had to leave the city to live in the mountain.In the last scene Creon says, "Do not ask for everything your way, your time to give orders has passed away".This means that he passed from being a King, loved and respected from everybody, to be a poor man without eyes and without power.
  • CATHARSIS
  • I'm sorry to leave you in this way, i'm really ashamed for what i have done, but i hope you will find joy and peace...
  • Oedipus Rex shows anagnorisis when he discovered that he's the real murderer.In scene 4 it said, "O,o,o light of the sun, let me look upon you no more.Cursed is my life".Here he realized that the baby who was abandoned in the mountain was him, that the man who killed in the road was his father, King Laius, and also that his entire life is ruined.
  • Oedipus Rex shows nemesis when he left Corinth.In the scene 2 it said, "I went to the Oracle to learn more and Apollo foretold of horrors to befall me : that i was doomed to lie with my mother and be the murderer of my father".This means that even if he left Corinth, his fate will not change because his real parents are not the one in Corinth, but are in the city that he will go to.That proves that our future cannot be changed.
  • Oedipus Rex shows catharsis when he had to leave his daughters.In the last scene it said,"Do not take them from me ".This means that now his daughters has to live without their father and the audience feels pity for that, because Oedipus,after all, was a good King.
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