Sophocles ' Antigone And Oedipus The King Essay

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In the Sophocles’ plays of Antigone and Oedipus the King, power plays a central role. In Antigone the power and corruption of King Creon dominate the play. Likewise, in Oedipus the King. Oedipus was also corrupted by power during his kingship. Both these kings were tyrannical, specifically when others would disagree with him or disobey their orders. In these Sophocles plays power inevitably corrupts leaders, as seen in both Antigone and Oedipus the King.
The tyrannical nature of Creon during Antigone is interesting. This is due to his rational behavior during Oedipus, preceding his leadership. When Oedipus was the King of Thebes, he acted irrational and tyrannical. Oedipus constantly worried that someone was trying to overthrow him. He particularly thought this of Creon. When Tiresias, the blind prophet, came and basically told Oedipus that he had fulfilled his prophecy by killing his father and marrying his mother, he dismissed him. Tiresias was disagreeing with Oedipus therefore, he must be wrong and looking to diminish his power. Oedipus held the impression that he was always right. He acted, for the majority of the play like he was superior to everyone else, despite the prophecy actually coming true.
Oedipus had very little control over the events of his life. This is because his actions were predetermined by the Gods. His destiny was already decided when he was born, as part of a family curse. Therefore, he had very little control in his life overall. However, he did…

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