Similarities And Differences Between Antigone And Oedipus

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Register to read the introduction… He claims to favour the interests of the city over all but then shows his true colours by both acting and ranting like a tyrant. Antigone is steadfast and determined in her aim - she fully believes that the rule of god must take precedence in this matter regarding death, as well as revealing her belief that it is the family that is more important than the state. In contrast, it is Oedipus’ desire to serve his adopted city, and to release it from its’ suffering, that propels him toward the awful truth about his family. Oedipus ends up losing both his true and adoptive parents, his wife, sight, and ultimately his people. Oedipus seems a more intensely tragic figure, especially when compared to Antigone, who is fully aware of what she is doing. Antigone knew that her actions would be considered wrong, and that they would lead to her death, but she was ready to die for her own, personal, cause. In comparison, Oedipus was under the impression that he would be serving the populace by searching out the killer of Laius. Both of these plays are fine, …show more content…
If Creon had not gone against Gods’ law and made his own wishes more important, he would not have suffered as he did. By stopping Polynices burial he brought upon his own terrible punishment. It is by learning from his mistakes that Creon learns to be wiser, to realise that he could not simply demand that his orders be carried out and not care about anything else. It is by losing both his wife and son, and, eventually, the respect of many citizens of Thebes that Creon grows as a person.
The Chorus is very effective throughout Antigone, as it talks of love, death, and other unstoppable forces that man attempts to defeat, and it explains to the audience how futile it is to battle against the problems we face in life. Both Antigone and Oedipus The King are dramatic and, of course, tragic plays, but it is The Chorus that maintains the theme throughout both that there must be a public vindication of the gods power and authority, and that is what ultimately takes

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