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Contrast Between Oedipus The King And Antigone By Sophocles

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Contrast between Oedipus the King and Antigone
Sophocles, a famous and renowned Greek dramatist, is the playwright to both the play Oedipus the King and Antigone. Along with Antigone and Oedipus Sophocles had also wrote Electra and Fete. Sophocles wrote many Greek tragedies which are plays in which the main character in the play suffers a tragedy due to some flaw of theirs. An example would be how Oedipus (thinking he is defying a prophecy) murders his father and weds his mother. His flaw was him trying to defy fate if he had not just stayed where he was he would’ve been fine. His works are referred to and taught all over the world in many schools along with colleges; this should give light ...view middle of the document...

In Antigone, Antigone is in conflict with Creon. She is demanding that her brother have a proper burial. Both of her brothers were previously in conflict with each other; during said conflict both meet their demise. Creon labels one of the brothers a traitor and refuses to allow anyone to give said traitor any kind of proper burial. Antigone is obviously in disagreement with this; she argues and confronts the new king of Thebes, Creon. The Man vs Man type of literary conflict involves one character vs another character therefore one could understand why this conflict is labeled as such; contrasting to the conflict in Oedipus.
Along with the contrasting conflicts the main characters, Oedipus and Antigone, are also very different in regards to their behavior and how they handle situations. Antigone is much more level headed than Oedipus. In Oedipus the King, Oedipus immediately kills a man just for being in his way and forcing him off the road a bit. Antigone on the other hand, does not take any physical action toward Creon despite not giving her brother a burial. Another difference in character is Oedipus’s defiance to the gods and the oracle while Antigone obeys the laws of the gods. Oedipus, to the people of Thebes, claims if they pray to him he himself would rid the city of the plague; making an implication that he is above the gods. Antigone however, wishes to obey the laws of the gods and demands her brother be given a proper burial. A closing example of the difference in how each character is rendered is how Antigone knowing breaks the law (defies Creon) for what she believes is right while Oedipus breaks the law without knowing; Antigone is...

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