##k Truth In Creon And Oedipus The King And Antigone

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Creon and Oedipus both seek truth in completely different ways. Although Oedipus the King, and Antigone were both written by Sophocles the characters quest for truth differs in each play. In Antigone, Sophocles portrays Creon as blind to the truth and stubborn to seek it. Oedipus, however, in Oedipus the King, attempts to seek the truth through question but in doing so is blinded as well. These two descriptions of the truth show how Sophocles believed that the truth is inescapable and destined to reveal itself, even though it may be hard to accept. Oedipus attempts to seek the truth in many ways. In the beginning of the play, when the city is plagued because of King Laius’s murderer, Oedipus tells Creon, “Let the people of Cadmus meet and know that I’ll do everything” (Oedipus the King 144-145). Right at the start of the problem Oedipus is willing to seek the truth and find the man who killed Laius and ultimately save the city. It is only as the play goes on that he becomes blind to reality, yet throughout the play he uses questions in his attempt to seek the truth. When Tiresias refuses to reveal his insight about who murdered Laius, Oedipus does not give up and continues to question Tiresias, “Tell us, you villain, tell us” (Oedipus the King 334-335). He is persistent to find the truth and in the beginning, it seems that nothing will stop him. Yet, when Tiresias tells him bluntly, “you are the land’s pollution” (Oedipus the King 352), he rejects it and then again

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