Oedipus Hamartia

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In the play Oedipus the King by Sophocles, Oedipus exemplifies a man whose hamartia is that he does not know himself. Hamartia is a fatal flaw leading to the tragic downfall of a hero, and Oedipus’s fatal flaw is how he does not know his real self. In the play, the truth about many parts of his life are revealed; such as how King Polybus and Queen Merope of Corinth are not his real parents, that he was the one who killed King Lauis and caused the plague to the city, and that his prophecy was unknowingly fulfilled because he killed his birth father, King Lauis, and married his birth mother, Queen Jocasta. Oedipus’s lack of knowledge about these parts of his life gives rise to his tragic downfall as the hero of Thebes.
For instance, a messenger sent from Corinth visits Oedipus and Jocasta, from which they learn that King Polybus has died. His death was due to sickness, not at the hands of Oedipus, so they believe that
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A similar quote made by the author of Guardian of Lost Souls, Pamela Theresa Loertscher, says, “Know thyself and all will be revealed.” If one knows who they are, all truths must be revealed. This connects to Oedipus’ hamartia because in order to know who he really is, he had to reveal everything. In Oedipus the King, the truth about who his real parents are, how he was found, and who killed King Lauis were all revealed. The truth divulged the secret of Oedipus’ adoption, that his birth parents were King Laius and Queen Jocasta, and that he was the one to kill King Lauis. Although Oedipus was finally able to learn about who he really was, the divulgence of these truths caused harm. A known saying states that truth hurts, which relates to Oedipus because his lack of knowledge led to his downfall. Oedipus’ hamartia is that he does not know himself, and once he learns is when he meets his
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