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Faith Adams Period 8 12/05/11 Mrs.

Baez Antigone Essay Test: Part 3 Sophocles, wrote great tragedies but the two main focused on in the essay are Oedipus, the King and Antigone. In both plays there were exemplary characters, common themes, characteristics and similar conflicts. As you examine the tragedies of Antigone and Oedipus the King, you are going to see one common thread leading onto each of the following topics. As a result to the characteristic traits of main characters, the downfall and misleading of Theban people are created. Introduced are the characters and the theme, conflict of each Greek tragedy. Even though they both carried different thoughts there was still a link to how all the events occurred and why they occurred. Antigone and Oedipus are both dramatic plays with tragic endings. In both plays the most recurring them is fate vs. freewill. Long before Antigone was born, Oedipus; Antigones father was destined by the gods to kill his father, marry his mother and bear kids with her. Oedipus tried very hard to escape this terrible fate, but it still came to pass. Unknowingly to Oedipus his entire fate had come through and when he found out of his terrible actions, he blinded himself with the brooches of his dead mother/ wife. He then banished himself from Thebes because of the shame he felt. As a result of the curse brought upon Oedipus, his sons; Eteocles and Polynices killed each other in a civil war. Due to all the circumstances in Oedipus the King, Creon was pronounced the King of Thebes. He received a warning from honorable Tiresias, which was an unavoidable prophecy. Tiresias says that Creon has a choice to change his sealed faced, Creon may seem to have more of a freewill. He chooses to remain obstinate even though he could have changed. Terribly it was too late and he could not escape his fate. In all Greek tragedies there is always a conflict that helps us to understand the major problem in the play. The conflict of Oedipus and Antigone differed but still carry the same aspect. The conflict in Antigone is man-made laws for the state vs. divine/spiritual laws. The conflict in Oedipus is man vs. fate. In both conflicts the word man is mentioned. This shows that the human natures is somewhat against the will of the gods or even dishonor them. In Antigone as studied, there were laws of the gods and those of man. Creon as the ruler of the great Thebes set a foundation in Thebes similar to that of any other ruler. The conflict here is that he dishonored the gods and still punished people for disobeying him and honoring the gods. When Antigone had buried her brother Polynices she was sent to death by Creon. This startled the gods and Creon was defied to curses. He lost his entire family and was left to suffer his life without any love not even from the gods. In Oedipus, the King, the conflict is greatly arrayed. Almost all the characters tried to defy fate but were unsuccessful leading to the downfall of each one after the other. Even though some may have seemed to suffer more like Oedipus, Lauis; Oedipus father led to a chain of deaths and unfortunate happenings. As the reader, one can put the ideas of the different type of conflicts and realize that there were identical but not the same.

When reading Antigone and Oedipus the King by Sophocles it is impossible to not be able to pick up the similarities of these two tragic heroes. The two stories give us an opportunity to make comparison of both characters obstinacy, ignorance to reality, selfish pride, and strong willingness. From reading we are capable of picking out their differences, as we did for their similarities. Both characters are deeply loved by their people, but Oedipus legacy is because of his awkward family relationships he was in. While Antigone on the other hand, longs to be honored for the burial and honor of her dead brother Polynices. She longs for the glory when she dies for her brother. Antigone stands up to Creon and made him very enraged and because of her stubbornness and bravery, different characters suffered. Ultimately both characters brought about their tragic endings because of the choices they made. On the other hand, Creon showed character traits similar to Oedipus in several scenes in Antigone. As Oedipus lived a life full of misery and was very arrogant same way Creon was. Both of these Theban leaders were loved by the citizens but yet feared. Despite their great qualities, the negative started to overcome and create more of a massive destruction amongst the Thebes. These qualities led to each of their tragic fates. One great question that can be asked since each of the characters shared similar characteristics is: Is Creon or Oedipus a greater ruler? From my point of view Oedipus was a better ruler. The citizens of Thebes honored and addressed Oedipus by many honorable and great names similar to that of a god. Oedipus was more desirable by the people since he had saved the city of Thebes during their horrible curse of the Sphinx. In closing, the characters of both plays have shown exemplary characteristics but yet it has led to their downfall and to that of the people of Thebes. However, these people have been disregarded if not honored for their actions. Antigone; honored, Creon; disregarded, Oedipus; disregarded. As explained each of the characters were faced with different experiences and with their actions came different consequences. As a result of this, the downfall of characters led to the death of others.