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Transcript of Hubris
This pride usually leads to irony within the story, as most tragedies that contain hubris have an end that is the opposite of what the main character’s hubris led him or her to believe.
Excessive pride and self-confidence that leads to a character's downfall.
Sending her son away, being prideful enough to believe they could both escape the fate the oracles predicted.
Doesn’t believe the oracle, tries to defy the gods, and won’t accept his own fate that he will kill his father and marry his mother.
What is hubris?
The first line that Oedipus speaks- “Here I am - myself - you all know me, the world knows my fame; I am Oedipus”
Jocasta's Hubris in Oedipus
“No. From now on, where oracles are concerned, I would not waste a second thought on any.”
Other examples of hubris
Romeo & Juliet
Hubris in Romeo and Juliet is found as an underlying theme throughout the entire play. Romeo and Juliet are overconfident that their love will survive against all odds, even destiny. It does not want Romeo & Juliet together and the two ultimately die.
The boat itself was ironically nicknamed the “unsinkable” ship. (hubris) As we all know, that wasn't the case. (downfall)
Also, the faith of Rose and Jack to believe that their relationship could last given their polar opposite positions in life is an example of hubris. This hubris might not have directly caused their downfall within the plot of the story, but we can infer it was written that they did not live happily ever after for that very reason.
Jocasta and Oedipus were both too proud to believe their fates would come true, which ultimately led to their downfall in the end.
Beauty and the Beast
Gaston is the perfect example of hubris. He is the most conceited and prideful of any Disney character, which ultimately leads to the overestimation of his own strength and then his death.
-Oedipus’s hubris literally determines what his downfall will look like. He says that he will curse Laius's murderer, so he is cursing himself.
“And on the murderer this curse I lay (On him and all the partners in his guilt):-- Wretch, may he pine in utter wretchedness! And for myself, if with my privity He gain admittance to my hearth, I pray The curse I laid on others fall on me See that ye give effect to all my hest, For my sake and the god's and for our land, A desert blasted by the wrath of heaven.”