Antigone and Oedipus by Sophocles

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“Antigone & Oedipus” By Sophocles are great stories of Tragedy and adversity. Creon, Oedipus and Antigone are truly engaged in struggle with reality, destiny and self-pity, for life. “Oedipus The King” is the tragic story of a man of a noble structure but is triggered by great tragedies and realities of him-self that shatter his existence. From the beginning of the story Oedipus is shown as a noble caring man. He is greatly worried about the plague in Thebes “but my spirit grieves for the city, for myself and all of you” he tells the priest and his people of Thebes, however He is also impetuous and suspicious of the motive of His friends; But these flaws may not be considered as a reason to his down fall, His sins were committed unwittingly. The man at his elder age finds out the truth of his birth to Laius and Jacosta (his mother and wife) and that He is the murderer of His own father. This reality struck His soul and mind and filled him with the feeling of humiliation and disgust of his own being. He blinds himself and undergoes the sorrow of being exiled from his home and sent away from family to wander alone and finds His son’s leading opposite sides in Thebe's civil war, who died fighting each other for the throne. “Antigone” is the story of Creon (brother of Jacosta and the new King of Thebes) and Antigone (the daughter of Oedipus and Jacosta). Creon, the new ruler of Thebes, had decided that Eteocles will be honored and Polyneices will be in public shame, the rebel brother's body will not be sanctified by holy rites, and will lie unburied on the battlefield, prey for carrion animals like worms and vultures; the harshest punishment at the time Antigone wants to bury Polyneices’s body, in defiance of Creon's edict and fu... ... middle of paper ... ...compassion for Antigone. Creon had the self-pity of Oedipus and Antigone, but not their compassion for others, nor their courage of renunciation and self-denial for the sake of superior value. It should be noted that Antigone’s suicide in no way detracts from this conception of her attitude and fate, since suicide was not regarded by the Greek as a sin. Oedipus, contrary to the Theban’s advice did not choose suicide as a punishment to himself, for he believed his sins to be so great as to demand an even harsher means of atonement. The heroism of Oedipus and Antigone is based on their faith, on their belief in paramount values; through their suffering they achieved the fulfillment of their recognized human obligations towards deity. The relationship between self-sacrifice and renunciation is important, for it is the tragic significance of a self-sacrificial act.
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