He leaves Corinth and travels to Thebes, and on the way he unknowingly kills his father during a quarrel. After saving Thebes from the Sphinx, he is given the hand of Queen Jocasta, his mother, for marriage and he becomes the new king of Thebes. One of the many reasons Oedipus is a coward is that he didn’t want to face his parent s again. His thought at the moment when he blinds himself is that if he killed himself he will see his real parents in the underworld, who he had committed those crimes against. Instead of repenting for his sins he escapes them.
The first character flaw responsible for the tragedy is king and queen of Thebes’ (Oedipus’ parents’) belief in an oracle about their son. The prophecy told by this oracle said that their son would grow up to kill his father and marry his mother. In order to try to prevent this from happening, Iocaste and Laios pierced the child’s feet, tied them together, and instructed their servant to leave the child in the wilderness to die, which is the second character flaw. In the text, the shepherd explains everything to Oedipus. “If you must be told, then…/They said it was Laios’ child/I was told to get rid of it/It was said that the boy would kill his own father”(56-62).
Antigone knows that Creon knows what she has done and states, “I gave myself to death, long ago, so I might serve the dead.” Her brother not being buried changes the relationship she has with her uncle because her uncle now wants her to suffer and to e tormented for something she thought was right. Anti gone dies because she kills herself in a cave she can’t escape from. She hung herself and the first person to realize she was dead is Creon’s son Haemon. Haemon was devastated and wanted to kill the person responsible and he felt that there wasn’t a force on the planet that could stop him. Creon is told by Tiresias that if he doesn’t change the way he is bad things are going to happen.
In the Theban Antigone by Sophocles, the author reveals a theme that the laws of the Gods are greater than those of man. The beginning of this play shows king Creon refusing to bury Polynice on account of him attacking Thebes, this begins a conflict with Antigone; Polynice’s sister who believes that she must bury her brother sending his soul to the heavens even though fully knowing the consequences of her actions could lead to her own death, Creon discovers this treason and sentences Antigone to death, despite the numerous objections by his son Haemon and the blind prophet Theresis. Through the use of conflicts and tragedy Sophocles reveals a theme that is relevant even in a modern society. Sophocles uses the interpersonal conflict between Antigone and Creon to represent that upholding the laws of the Gods are higher than the laws of man. Creon sets laws that he believes no man is bigger than while Antigone believes that
In the play Oedipus’ parents (King Lauis and Queen Jocasta) send him away to be killed because of prophecy that tells that Oedipus would one day kill his father (Laius) and marry his mother Jocasta. "He'll be revealed a brother and a father to his children in his house, husband and son to her who gave him birth; wife-sharer and the killer of his father." (Sophocles, line 457) However the servant did not kill Oedipus instead giving him to a childless King Polybus and Queen Merope of Corinth, who then raised him. Oedipus
It would seem that in Odysseus’ absence, suitors have been courting his wife Penelope and occupying his home. The belief is that Odysseus is dead. Telemakhos, his son, wants the suitors gone, but he is helpless in the matter. Athena steps in by reshaping herself in the form of Odysseus’ close friend, Mentes, the ruler of the Taphians. She assures Telemakhos that his father is still alive and instructs him to go to Pylos and Sparta in search of news of his fate.
Sample Legal Brief Citation: Kreon vs. Antigone Facts: Kreon, uncle of Antigone, who is now the king of Thebes, the very moment he became the ruler he pronounced to follow Thebes’s death rule of burying his own nephews. He proclaimed and was honored to bury Eteokies because he wanted to fight for the city, but he forbids to have a burial ceremony for Polyneikes because Polyneikes was the one that wanted to destroy the city Thebes, and Kreon did not like the fact someone like him wanted to destroy his own city. Antigone in the other hand, is the very opposite of her uncle, she declares to bury her own brother. Antigone does not care what will happen to her. She is eager to break the rules of Thebes for her own brother.
Zeus hated people who saw themselves in a pompous manner like when Polyneices tried to motivate the Argive army with boasts of greatness for example. Zeus was also mentioned when the chorus says, “Loom upon Oedipus’ children: generation from generation takes the compulsive rage of the enemy god. So lately this last flower of Oedipus’ line.” (Sophocles 506). The enemy god is indeed Zeus who first cursed King Laius. The chorus reveals this to Antigone, but she is already aware of it and is willing to accept it.
Odysseus agrees to give him a proper burial. The next soul that Odysseus sees is glimpse of his mother but, gets distracted when Teiresias appears and warns him about the things lies ahead. Teiresias predicts that Odysseus will return home alone to his wife but will find trouble within his palace. Therefore, he has to destroy the suitors. Teiresias continues to tell Odysseus that he has to make another trip to sacrifice to god Poseidon.
This instills fear in Creon because he fears that the sins from the father (Oedipus) will carry over to the children and in turn hurt his newly received kingdom and family. Antigone is set to marry Creon’s son, but Creon does not want this to happen because he fears that Antigone’s “family curse” will enter his own family. By staying true to his threats to kill anyone who removes the body of Antigone’s brother, he can use this as a trap to kill Antigone before she becomes a part of his