Analysis Of Anagnorisis In Oedipus The King

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Register to read the introduction… The anagnorisis of “Oedipus the king” is when Oedipus, Jocasta, and all the other character in the story find out that Oedipus actually did murder Laius his own father and Jocasta is really his mother as also his wife. Oedipus discovers that the child of King Laius and Queen Jocasta was sent given away to a shepherd to die as a child. Oedipus goes on to get some testimonies to make absolutely sure, even though it is obvious that he was Laius’s killer. He brings Tiresias to confront him to tell him the truth. “I say you are the murderer you hunt” (412) Tiresias tells Oedipus stating that he killed his own father Oedipus being ignorant he doesn’t believe Tiresias. When Jocasta speaks of Laius leaving the kingdom with just a few servants and “was killed by stranger, thieves, at a place where three roads meet” (789-790) Oedipus claims that he killed somebody who had a few servants with him where the three roads met. Although soon realizes that he “just called down a dreadful curse upon myself” (820-821) because he said to the gods to cure the man that killed the king the most horrible crime there is. He had killed his father and married his mother without knowing it. At the end of the story he was a blind man who hated himself for his …show more content…
Peripeteia is the shift of the tragic protagonist’s fortune form good to bad. Oedipus makes an ignorant error that causes the tragic flaw in the story. Oedipus fortune starts going good in the beginning of the story however his ignorance starts taking over that’s when he starts making his mistakes. The first mistake was when he referred to the oracle, which was that he would kill his father and marry his mother, he didn’t want the oracle to come true. His fortune goes good at the beginning of the story as he runs away he solves the riddle from the sphinx who is in control of Thebes at the time because of this freeing the people of Thebes they give him the reward of being the King and marring the widow Jocasta. Second, was when he met up King Laius his true father, and Oedipus man slaughtered the King and all the servants except one that got away. The third mistake was his lack of knowledge of where he was truly born and who where his parents as Tiresias questions Oedipus “do you know? Who are you parents?” (473). Oedipus lacked of knowledge caused him to dispute with Tiresias and imply that Creon and Tiresias were planning to overthrow him. After Tiresias told Oedipus that he was the murderer of King Lauis his own father. This aroused the audience because they never that that a person that is very noble could do such a

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