I believe that after he punishes himself as a result of his realization. The reader already can infer that Oedipus is the murder and that his wife, Jocasta, is really his biological mother. The reader and Oedipus was given many warning signals that were point to the culprit the whole time. It does not come as a surprise when Oedipus is unmasked as the unknown killer of his father, Laius. Due to the reader already having an idea of Oedipus’ guilt, the breathe of relief was not achieved in this situation. It can almost be assumed that sooner or later Oedipus will accept that he is the killer therefore that moment does not really have any strong emotional ties with the reader. Catharsis is better defined as pulling on one’s emotions or relieving emotional tension. Though the reader could be relieved that Oedipus finally acknowledges his mistakes, it is most suspenseful waiting for what events will take place once after he decides to blind himself.
It was unexpected that he would go to extremes to blind and exile himself. Unlike the foreshadowing of Oedipus being the killer, this moment does not have any trigger warning before the event takes place. I believe this is the moment of catharsis because it was a time where the reader could truly see that Oedipus was taking the s...
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...knowledge. The reader did not know if Oedipus would follow through will all the punishments reserved for Laius’ murderer when he found out it was him. After he Oedipus knew about his guilt and did something about it, the reader could be content with the result. It is also known that fate cannot be escaped so it is not realistic to expect Oedipus to be able to dodge it. Oedipus is compared to other people such as Odysseus, but there are differences. Odysseus may have gone through greater lengths to avoid fate, but he had help. Odysseus had help from Athena and his crew members. Oedipus did not have anyone to guide him along. He was alone. The people that people that were better educated on Oedipus’ fate did not seem to step up and try to help him. The blame for not escaping fate and the moment of catharsis were the two things on which I could not agree with the class.
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