Antigone and Oedipus Essay

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In the plays Oedipus of Rex and Antigone by Sophocles, Oedipus and Creon exert similar characteristics as leaders that ultimately result in their characterization as tragic heroes. Their overbearing determination, relentless pride, uncontrollable fate, and enormous grievances all portray the inevitable outcome. Sophocles writes that the characters in the plays are chasten not because of something they had done in the past but merely it is their fate. Oedipus and Creon can not stop their fate no matter what great lengths they go to. Revealing that catharsis is created when the audience has pity or fear when they see that bad things can happen to good people. For this purpose, neither Oedipus nor Creon where good leaders because both were …show more content…
In addition to their overbearing determination, both Oedipus and Creon show relentless pride that fulfills their fates. Oedipus' pride doesn't allow him to see that he is the killer that he is looking for, and consequently gouges out his eyes because he was so dishonored by his unwillingness to stop looking for the killer. He banishes himself, even though blind, so not to embarrass himself anymore. On the other hand, Creon's pride causes him to have a fight with his son Haimon about Antigone's punishment. The fight was never intended, but when Haimon suggested how Creon should rule by what he thought was right and by what he had heard on the streets Creon's pride couldn't take it. Creon was so absorbed in himself, he questions how could he take advice from a prince when he gloats in his own wisdom. As leaders Oedipus and Creon let their pride take over good judgement and allow fate to play a role. Equally important, is that neither Oedipus nor Creon could control their fate. Oedipus even went to great lengths not to let fate be carried out. Oedipus moves away from home and refuses to see or speak to his parents even though this causes both of them much pain. Oedipus knew that he would kill his father and sleep with is mother and he takes many precautions but they were only in vein. Oedipus finds out that he was adopted and had killed his father Laius and unknowingly slept with his

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