Essay about Oedipus Rex And Oedipus At Colonus

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“The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for among old parchments or musty records. They are written, as with a sunbeam, in the whole volume of human nature, by the Hand of the Divinity itself, and can never be obscured by mortal power,”. The effacing of basic human rights by a mortal power plays a central role in Antigone, the third and final of Sophocles’ Theban tragedies. Set in the aftermath of both Oedipus Rex and Oedipus at Colonus, Antigone follows the rebellion of Oedipus’ daughter Antigone against her uncle Creon, the current ruler of Thebes. Antigone and her sister, Ismene, return to Thebes following the death of their father. Upon arriving, the sisters learn their brothers–Etoecles and Polynices–slaughtered each other. Creon honors Etoecles with a burial, but refuses to bury Polynices. Antigone rebells against Creon by preparing Polynices’ body for burial, which ultimately results in her own death. Creon’s son, angered by his father’s harsh remarks, and execution of Antigone his intended, kills himself upon finding Antigone dead. Shortly thereafter, Creon’s wife takes her own life in despair over losing her son. In the midst of his overwhelming loss, Creon laments his hubris. The chorus offers one final lament for the dead, and pleads with the listeners to respect the laws of the gods above the laws of men. Sophocles’ skillful writing reveals several suffering characters within this short tragedy. A key component of the tragedy is the tragic…

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