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Aristotle defined Oedipus Rex written by Sophocles as the perfect tragedy One of the elements in his definition of tragedy included tragic flaw hamartia and he said a tragic heros downfall should be due to hisher tragic flaw King Oedipus falls from a high status from being a powerful noble king in to a low status by blinding himself and committing a moral sin of killing his father marrying his mother and producing an offspring with incest due to his tragic flaws--hubris rage and short temperedness In this passage Oedipuss hubris is demonstrated by one of the literary devices caesura which is used in Oedipuss speech to emphasize Oedipuss use of language to reflect his feelings of superiorityhubris In addition Sophocles structured his passage without obvious rhythm and rhymes and with the contribution of his clever uses of diction that contains cacophony support the idea of Oedipuss other flaw--rage Oedipus speaks the following passage after Teiresias reveals that Oedipus is responsible for the mysterious death of King Laios and the suffering in Thebes What good were they Or the gods for the matter of that But I came by Oedipus the simple man who knows nothing--I thought it out for myself no birds helped me And this is the man you think you can destroySophocles 21 Sophocles used caesura to give us a clue about Oedipuss hubris For example Sophocles used after I thought it out for myselfSophocles 21 to emphasize myself to impact his mood by emphasizing how Oedipus is proud about his own greatness and accomplishments In addition Sophocles used caesura to show how Oedipus thinks he is superior to the gods and Teiresias by emphasizing but I came bySophocles 21 This allows him to shift his mood from how helpless the city was until he came by using the short transitional sentence to separate what he did that the gods did not thus making him sound superior in intelligence and
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