Analysis Of Oedipus Rex

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Esi Edugyan once said, “Ain’t no man can outrun his fate” ("Esi Edugyan Quotes." Esi Edugyan Quotes (Author of Half Blood Blues). N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Oct. 2017). In the play Oedipus Rex, written by Sophocles, Oedipus tries to outrun his fate, ending tragically. His parents threw him into the forest after hearing a prophecy that we would one day kill his father and sleep with his mother. Oedipus, having survived, later ran from his parents not knowing he was adopted and did end up fulfilling the prophecy years later unknowingly. Oedipus displays the classic components of a tragic hero’s journey through hamartia, a tragic mistake, peripeteia, the reversal of fortune, and catharsis by restoring peace to Thebes, ultimately leaving a legacy that questions true identity.
Throughout this story, Oedipus suffers from his hamartia, which is killing his father, sleeping with his mother, and ignoring warnings given to him while he stubbornly pursues the truth. Hamartia is a tragic flaw or mistake (Moliken 75). Oedipus’ first mistake is when he ignores his mom/wife Jocasta and persistently continues searching for the truth. While Jocasta tries to persuade Oedipus to stop searching for the truth, Oedipus responds by telling her “I can not be persuaded not to learn this clearly,” (1092). Oedipus’ aspiration to completely understand his true identity is a mistake because he reveals he killed Laius which affects him and his family. Oedipus confronts another of his mistakes near the end of the
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