Reframed: “My Pride fell with my fortunes” – William Shakespear

One of Oedipus’ hamartia, or tragic flaws is his hubris. Hubris is translated as excessive pride. Oedipus’s greatest act of hubris is when he tries to deny his fate. The Oracle of Delphi told him that he was destined to kill his father and sleep with his mother. Frightened by this news, Oedipus attempts to escape his fate by never returning to Corinth, leaving the people who he believed to be his parents behind. To Oedipus’ horror, it was this action that led him to kill his his real father Laios and to sleep with and marry his mother, Iocaste.

In my opinion, the quote, “My pride fell with my fortunes” by William Shakespear perfectly describes the situation that Oedipus is in. Oedipus pride allows him to disbelieve the Gods. This then slowly and gradually leads to the downfall of the great Oedipus as he slowly learns who he is, and more about himself.


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