Antigone And Oedipus Analysis

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In the reading of Antigone and Oedipus, there is a lot to be learned and applied to our lives now. Many aspects of dangers are encountered that help to uncover the wisdom behind them. One of these dangers that uncovers wisdom in my opinion is that "pride will be punished by the blows of fate," said by the chorus in Antigone. This statement brings about the question "are people responsible for their actions"? Next a question that should be addressed is, is leadership more important than family? Is it nobler to be stern or humble? Lastly, I will confront the question is are earthly laws more powerful than divine laws? All of these questions and assumptions all play a major role in the Oedipus Trilogy and in our lives now. Pride will be punished …show more content…
In the play of Antigone, Creon is a prideful king who is too caught up in ensuring his authority that he ends up being punished for it through his family. Creon has been corrupted by power since since he took reign over the city after his two nephews killed each other trying to get the same position he now had. This is only the beginning of a horrible time as king for Creon. When Creon only buries one of his nephews, it starts a big conflict with his family, his people, and the gods. By the king doing this, he is trying set an example for his people. He 's saying, no matter who it may be that goes against his ruling, they will suffer the consequences. Antigone does just that. She goes against her kings ', uncle, ruling that nobody is permitted to bury Polynices ' body and whoever does will be stoned to death in front of the whole city. Polynices was Antigone 's brother so of course it would be reasonable and just for her to want to bury her brother instead of letting him rot in the open. This is …show more content…
The question about Antigone 's pride is weather its just or unjust. Some people may argue that Antigone was out of line for going against her uncles ruling of not burying Polnices because during that time period a woman had no right to try to defend themselves or their family. It was all left up to the man to do so. Then some people, including me, will argue that she had every right to do what she did. Creon, however, didn 't see it the way I did. He didn 't care whether that was his nephew he left to rot, all he wanted to do was make a stand against prosecutors of his law. He wanted to show his people that he wasn 't weak and that he wouldn 't fold under pressure. Once he announced what would become of his nieces, Antigone and Ismene, his son came to him trying to reason with him before he let his pride go too far. Creon 's son, Haemon, was engaged to Antigone, but he wasn 't trying to get his father to let them go out of love for her. Haemon was trying to tell his father to let them go because some of the people and the elders had agreed that Antigone was doing the right thing so they were

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