Either way, no one is perfect; hubris always finds a way to ruin peoples lives. Sophocles’s two plays Oedipus the King, and Antigone are prime examples of how hubris can lead to ones ultimate downfall, which can be seen through the characters Antigone, Oedipus, and Creon. Antigone’s sarcasm, stubbornness, and pride are the reasons for Antigone’s death. Antigone does not have time for Creon’s nonsense: CREON. You, tell me briefly, no long speeches– were you aware a decree had forbidden this?
Throughout Greek literature, the blind prophet Tiresias makes several appearances. In Sophocles’ plays Oedipus the King and Antigone, Tiresias tries in vain to warn the kings of Thebes of their wrong doing. In Antigone, Creon, the king of Thebes, refuses to reason with Tiresias after sentencing his niece Antigone to death for burying her brother. Throughout the text Tiresias and the Chorus to help Creon see the errors he has made, but he is blinded by his stubbornness. When Tiresias arrives in
Creon's Role Of King and His Responsibilities The role of the king in the time of Greek tragedies was simultaneously desired and dreaded because of the king's responsibility to the people and because of the effects of the position on the king's character. Creon reveals such ambivalent thoughts towards the kingship in his speech defending himself from Oedipus's conspiracy accusation in Oedipus the King; these ambivalent thoughts reveal much about the nature of the kingship, especially in conjunction
In the play Oedipus Rex, King Oedipus posses many qualities that show his spirit of greatness that yet leads to his self-destruction. One indiscreet choice that King Oedipus has made was killing his father King Laius out of rash angerness, at the crossroads. The killing of his father was one of the essential links to his downfall, in which he could have prevented using several ways. Oedipus suffered because he killed his dad, even though he did not know much about his father because he grew up with
to a relatable level. In Sophocles’s Oedipus Rex, retold by John Bennett and Moira Kerr, and Antigone translated by E.F. Watling, the reader witnesses how different aspects of each play contribute towards the final tragic ending. While both Creon and Oedipus exhibit feelings of remorse, Oedipus displays a higher degree of contrition as a result of his hamartia, his thanatos and the impact that family and secondary characters have towards his anagnorisis.
significant character in Oedipus the King and Antigone because he creates irony with the motif of sight, reveals the hamartias of Oedipus and Creon, and reestablishes the credibility of prophets to the Greek audience. Tiresias, the blind prophet, develops irony with the motif of sight, which is prevalent in both the plots of Oedipus the King and Antigone. In Oedipus the King, Tiresias enters tremulously with the knowledge of Oedipus’ family lineage, actions, and fate, that Oedipus doesn’t possess. After
often teach readers several valuable lessons, one of which is the catastrophe caused by acting on emotions. Both Oedipus and Antigone experience this as a result of their rash behavior. Even Creon ends up miserable in Antigone due to the change in his behavior. By acting on their emotions, these characters all experience tragic downfalls, while others, such as Ismene and Creon during Oedipus Rex, remain safe due to their prudence and indications of wisdom. Due to the actions she took based on her emotions
My new question is, was Oedipus blind before he saw the truth or after? When finally accepting the truth the blind prophet mentioned, Oedipus blinds himself because the truth is darkness. When he had his sight, he was blinded by ignorance, and to see the truth was to see the horrors he had committed that caused himself to be blinded both before he saw the truth and after. I suppose in this way, Oedipus is blind throughout the entirety of the play. The theme of light and darkness is relevant beyond
Greek mythology writer, who wrote two of the most tragic plays: Oedipus the King and Antigone. The end of Oedipus the King was the beginning of Antigone. Oedipus the King is one of the strongest tragic Drama as it tells a serious story which evokes fear and pity through incidents that put sympathetic characters in threat and Oedipus the tragic protagonist (the king) who suffer more than he deserved. Although, Antigone resemble Oedipus the King in many faces such as it is a tragic Drama, also it has
their inevitable fates. Oedipus the King and Antigone tell of the downfalls of two characters due to their fates, regarding Oedipus’ avoidance and Antigone’s acceptance of destiny. In Oedipus the King, fate can be interpreted as playing the role of the antagonist. Fate prevails throughout the play, with Oedipus ultimately meeting his fate, despite his attempts to escape it. After hearing of a rumor that he is not the biological son of Polybus and Merope of Corinth, Oedipus asks the Delphi Oracle