Creon and Oedipus’ love for their city and desire to do what is right led them to their doom. In both plays, the city of Thebes has been going through hard times and needs order and help from the kings. Creon and Oedipus’ love for Thebes is clearly portrayed when they respectfully say, “I call God to witness that if I saw my country headed to ruin, I should not be afraid to speak out plainly.”(Scene 1.22-23) and “I shall assist you willingly in every way I would be a hard-hearted man indeed, if I did not pity suppliants like these.” (Scene 1. 13-15). As a result of their love, both kings strive to do what is right. It is this determination that led them to their downfall. Oedipus’s zeal to save the state from the curse despite being warned not to led him to realize that he had fulfilled his prophecy of killing his father and marrying his mother. The tragedy was as a result of him finding out what he had done. The same thing happens in Antigone, Creon knows that he has to be firm in order to rule the chaotic state and when ...
... middle of paper ...
...ereby suggesting that they want to over throw him. Both kings portrayed insecurities towards their throne, which is why they acted so arrogantly and proud towards everyone since they thought everyone envied them and will try to over throw them if they could.
Despite the similarities between both Kings, one significant factor is the outcome of their behavior and how it affects other characters in the plays. At the end, both kings end up sad and alone. As in Oedipus, his wife Iocaste kills herself. The same thing also happens in Antigone as Eurydice also leaves the hall and hangs herself. Both plays shows that tragedies are caused by our own actions and as a leader it is very important to have a listening ear as to what other have to say. Antigone and Oedipus’ end mirror each other as they end in a tragedy leaving both kings in distress and suffering.
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- In Antigone, we have Antigone who is a very determined yet disobedient girl. She goes against the King Creon’s rules to bury her brother and when confronted and punished decides to kill herself. Her death led to main tragedy as her husband and mother in law both commit suicide hence leaving the King in distress and pain. Even though the story line in Antigone is very different from that of Oedipus the King, the two plays do mirror each other in a vast number of aspects. The kings, Creon and Oedipus’ desire to do right despite being warned ultimately led both of them to their doom.... [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Jocasta, Creon]
777 words (2.2 pages)
- Drama Essay Creon is depicted as a clear-headed, Calm, and rational character in “Oedipus the King” as he deals with a crazed Oedipus’ accusations of treason, as well as losing his sister, also Oedipus’ wife, through a suicide. He does not change from this personality until the very end of the play, when he gets his first glimpse of power as Oedipus’ reign begins to crumble. Even so, he remains gentle to Oedipus. His character takes a drastic turn for the worse after becoming the King of Thebes in “Antigone,” a position of now absolute power that begins to corrupt him.... [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Creon, Oedipus at Colonus]
832 words (2.4 pages)
- With the city stricken with a plague, a king will try to save it by finding the murder of the previous king. A truth will uncover the mystery behind the murder and reveal the current king’s past as false. This story is a simplified version of the play Oedipus the King and the play before sequel the play Antigone, both written by Sophocles. Both these stories have a theme that can relate to the both of them. The character Oedipus from Oedipus the King, Creon from Antigone, and the plot of Oedipus the King display the theme of sight vs.... [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Creon, Sophocles]
1280 words (3.7 pages)
- Creon’s Change of Character Creon’s character in “Oedipus the King” and “Antigone” have many similarities and some notable differences. Creon’s character in Oedipus the King, shows that he has a great sense of duty and family. In “Oedipus the King”, Creon is also shown to be very merciful, level-headed and responsible to some extent. In “Antigone”, Creon still upholds his great sense of duty and family, but is shadowed by his niece and the protagonist of “Antigone”, Antigone. Creon is shadowed by his Antigone because she is perceived to be the protagonist of “Antigone”,while Creon, being against Antigone, makes him the antagonist, although he just wants to uphold the laws that were se... [tags: Oedipus, Creon, Sophocles, Oedipus the King]
1084 words (3.1 pages)
- Oedipus the King is a play written by Scophocles. In the play Oedipus is perceived as a hero and a great man to the people of Thebes. When Thebes was is in a time of trouble they would come to the King. In the story it talks about how the kingdom is suffering from a great plague and the King sends Creon to find an answer from a higher god named Apollo for help. Oedipus is a confident King, but as the story goes on his eyes are open to the suffering and sin he is living in all along. In the article written by Heller, one can see how suffering can be a time of growth as it is also shown in the play.... [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Creon]
730 words (2.1 pages)
- Sophocles’ Oedipus the King and Antigone follow the outrageous misfortunes of Oedipus and his children over the course of several generations. Throughout the events of both plays, Creon, Oedipus’ brother in law, remains a constant presence. However, Creon’s attitudes and actions change drastically between Oedipus the King and Antigone; gradually coming to mirror Oedipus himself, shifting from humility to the stubborn pride of a tyrant. Though he is the same man, Creon’s personality between the two works is so different that he can be thought of as two separate characters: Creon from Oedipus the King and Creon as he is in Antigone.... [tags: Literary Analysis]
918 words (2.6 pages)
- In the play Oedipus the King, the character that interested me the most is Oedipus. He was one of the main characters of the play Oedipus the King. I found him interested how when he found out the truth he punish himself instead of to keep hurting people. In the beginning of the play Oedipus was confident of what he was doing. He was the one that saved Thebes from being cursed by the Sphinx and he became the king right away for that reason. He would say his name as a healing charm. He was proud of being called Oedipus.... [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Creon, Jocasta]
1038 words (3 pages)
- The play Oedipus the King by Sophocles is a drama of a heroic archetype struggling to find answers which creates many conflicts in the story which include man vs. man, man vs. himself, and man vs. supernatural. Oedipus, who is the King of Thebes is under pressure searching for who murdered King Laois. During his search the king must overcome many conflicts in order to find answers to the murder of King Laois and in the process uncovers more information about himself. Man vs. Man The entire man to man confrontation comes down to friendship and trust.... [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Jocasta, Creon]
2286 words (6.5 pages)
- Some perceive Oedipus, in Oedipus the King, to be an evil villain, while others a completely innocent man who is plagued by fate. Sophocles, however, desired to portray Oedipus as a mix between the two- as a tragic hero. According to Aristotle’s definition, Oedipus fits the criteria of a tragic hero. According to Aristotle, Oedipus is a tragic hero because he vigorously protests his situation, believes he has his own freedom and has a supreme pride. In Oedipus Rex, Oedipus continually protests the idea that he is subjected to a prophecy.... [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Oedipus the King, Creon]
956 words (2.7 pages)
- In this paper I will be making 3 major points about Creon. First I will explain the role Creon plays in this drama. Next I will explain some of the values Creon represents in this story. And for the last I will be examining how essential Creon is to the way this situation plays itself out. Other than the obvious roles Creon plays in this story (Jocasta’s brother and Oedipus’ brother-in-law), Creon plays a very big role and is a part of the most significant points in this drama. In the beginning of the story Creon visits the oracle at Delphi to find out what the curse on Thebes is being caused by.... [tags: Oedipus Rex, Sophocles]
775 words (2.2 pages)