Oedipus Rex, Antigone, And Euripides

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The three Ancient Greek dramas: Oedipus Rex, Antigone, and Medea, were written by Sophocles and Euripides; these three plays all have significant motifs which include: determination, suffering, and suicide. The presence of these motifs set the tone that the writer wants the readers to feel throughout the plays.
According to the Oxford Dictionary, determination means the controlling or deciding of something’s nature or outcome. In Sophocles’, Oedipus Rex, the protagonist, Oedipus, is determined to find the murderer of the King, “Now, since I am the ruler and hold this kingdom that he had before-holding also the bed and wife we have both sown; and children of the same mother would have been born to us, had his line not been ill-fated since chance has driven me into that one’s powers, therefore I shall fight for him in this matter, as if for my own father, and I shall try everything, seeking to find the one who committed the murder, for Labdacus’ son…” (Sophocles Oedipus Rex 19), ironically, Oedipus does not yet know that he is the murderer of the King and that he has been married to his mother for years. In Sophocles’ other play, Antigone, the protagonist, Antigone, is determined to bury her brother who was killed by King Creon, but her younger sister, Ismene, wants no part in the burial because she does not want to get in trouble with the King for going against his word. Antigone does not care that she will get in trouble and plans to bury her brother, “Yes, you can put

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