Antigone By Sophocles Commentary: Quite a few comments have been posted about Antigone. And now what new edict is this of which they tell, that our Captain hath just published to all Thebes? During the being of Oedipus the King, a plague disrupts the piece of Thebes, leaving the people to beg their king to act quickly to end the plague. He was also an in Greek. Oedipus begs and pleads to be exiled, and thus released from the pollution he's put Thebes under. When Creon sees that flattering words will not move Oedipus, he has no compunction in holding Antigone and Ismene hostage and threatening Theseus with war.
Years later, Oedipus, not knowing he was adopted, leaves home in fear of the same prophecy that he will kill his father and marry his mother. The story of Oedipus is the subject of ' tragedy , which was followed by and then. In Oedipus Rex, he appears to favor the will of the gods above decrees of state. In his version of the beloved tale, Sophocles concentrates his attention on the events directly leading to Oedipus' destruction, portraying Oedipus as a helpless pawn of fate. But his actions tell a different story, as he continually tries to pin punishment on Creon, who has done nothing wrong. These include , and the elder.
Oedipus' two sons, and , arranged to share the kingdom, each taking an alternating one-year reign. Creon also believes that his decrees are consistent with the will of the gods and with the best interests of the people, whether true or not. Creon is, first, king of Thebes,. Much of the initial preconception about his character has to do with the fact that he is shown in isolation with the people of Thebes when the play starts off. Later on, he proves his real intention. Laius journeys out to seek a solution to the Sphinx's mysterious riddle.
Each of the major characters in the Greek story are identified with the people involved in Akhnaton's family and court, and some interesting parallels are drawn. Their personalities, the way they ruled, forgiveness etc. At the end of the battle the brothers killed each other after which Jocasta's brother, , took the throne. That said, Oedipus' hamartia is not always so clear - since it appears that his prideful sins occurred long before the start of the play. He is reasonable and modest, staying calm and maintaining his dignity when condemned by. He is sometimes considered to be the same person who purified of the murder of his uncle and father of , first wife of.
In contrast, Creon is portrayed as cruel and fearsome. From this quote it is clear Oedipus believes he is on the same level with God. Creon and his sister, , were descendants of and of the. Throughout the play Oedipus struggles to find a solution and change all the troubles in his life. When defending himself against Oedipus' accusations, he says 'charge me beside the facts. The 1718 was also the first play written by. Many people are against this decision, but Creon explains to his subjects that his word is final and criminals must be punished.
This news drives the action forward, making Creon a key player in the drama. Over the course of the play, as Oedipus comes closer to discovering the truth about Jocasta, Creon plays a constant role close to him. One time he is a secretive rat like figure and one time he is the centre of sympathy for all. He believes he is only able to lift a plague of Thebes. Both men are brave, both are loyal, and both have aspirations to be great men.
He ruled with fear and violence instead of Oedipus who ruled with honesty, sympathy, dependability etc. They fought over who had the right to go first and Oedipus killed Laius when the charioteer tried to run him over. It has however been successfully since the. He has a 'tell-tale limp', a piercing wound in his ankles, made as a child by the father who exposed him. Creon represents a political figure that holds high esteem for social order but his secretive accts lead the audience to think otherwise.
Oedipus is brash and thoughtless, whilst Creon is wise and prudent. Antigone, however, refuses to allow her sister to be martyred for something she did not have the courage to stand up for. Oedipus's sons, and , had shared the rule jointly until they quarreled, and Eteocles expelled his brother. Both men had the chance to see that their actions would lead to a tragic ending, but neither one could see around their pride. The position and power, as the King has gone to his head. The exposition of Sophocles' Oedipus Rex occurs seamlessly.
Oedipus now steps down from the throne instead of dying in battle. He accuses Creon and Tiresias of treachery. In this play, Sophocles utilizes the concept of tragedy as well the theory of the importance of scenes of recognition and reversal to create a setting, tone, and mood throughout the play. Polynices tries to point out the similarity between his own situation and that of Oedipus, but his words seem opportunistic rather than filial, a fact that Oedipus points out. However, rather than leave the child to die of exposure, as Laius intended, the servant passed the baby on to a shepherd from and who then gave the child to another shepherd. Creon enters his first scene bringing news from the gods: there is a 'pollution' in Thebes, an abomination which must be driven out.