He does not listen to Teiresias’ warning. Teiresias tells Creon to make right of his abuse of power by granting proper burial rights and freeing Antigone from her impending death. Teiresias warns Creon that his corruption, stubbornness, and disregard for citizen’s rights is an abuse of his power. Because Teiresias is always right, Creon eventually decides to listen to him. This conflict proves the quote true because Creon disrespects the gods because of his new power.
From today as mine by right.” Creon also now believes that as he is now king he is infallible and believes that his own laws should come above the laws of the gods. “But I am the law” Creon`s own attitude towards his own rule seems very autocratic, his opinion that a king does not need to listen to the people and make judgements he believes are the most beneficial to the state. “ I have never based my political principles on the opinions of people in the streets” “And I will act according to my own convictions” Creon believes that his actions to deny the burial of Polynices are justified because he believes that the gods will support his actions as Polynices was a traitor and Creon sees no reason as to why the gods would honour a traitor. “No, he must be left unburied, his corpse carrion for the birds and dogs to tear, an obscenity for citizens to behold! These are my principles.
Robert Boyce Eng 190 Short Essay February 3, 2013 Oedipus and the Will of the Gods Free will, or one's ability to make choices that are unconstrained by outside factors, is a controversial issue that arises in the play Oedipus Rex. While it may appear that Oedipus was making his own conscious decisions throughout the play, his destiny was already predetermined and inevitable because the prophecies of the oracles speak for the gods which control the overall destiny of the people. Oedipus' downfall was not a result of moral fault. Instead, his downfall was due to Oedipus simply not knowing enough of the truth which led him to make decisions he thought would disprove the prophecies but in reality would lead him into a predetermined chain of events with a catastrophic ending. Oedipus' downfall can also be contributed to sudden reversal and recognition which played a substantial role in Jocasta's suicide and Oedipus' self-blinding.
The Coward Oedipus Is “A coward is much more exposed to quarrels than a man of spirit”. This quote by Thomas Jefferson portrays Oedipus because throughout ‘Oedipus Rex’ he quarrels with everybody about he truth and becomes blind to it. By blinding himself Oedipus becomes a coward because he doesn’t want to face his crimes. It all started when Oedipus hears a dreadful prophecy that he will murder his father and sleep with his mother. He leaves Corinth and travels to Thebes, and on the way he unknowingly kills his father during a quarrel.
This takes away from the playwright because he cannot wow the audience with original ideas. Still, Sophocles is still a very good playwright and it shows all throughout Oedipus Rex. By far the most ironic thing in the book is its name, Oedipus Rex. Oedipus thought he became the king of Thebes because he killed the dreadful Sphinx, which at the time was the only reason he could’ve became king, but as we progress on into the story, we see that he was actually the son of Laius. Laius was the king of Thebes before Oedipus, so Oedipus would have been king because he was the heir to the throne.
Accordingly, this play sends a strong message of fate and free will to the audience. Oedipus’ free will to pursue knowledge of his identity is significant; fate is responsible for Oedipus’s incest and many of the other devastating events in the play. By the importance of fate, Sophocles sends a message across that his characters cannot be fully responsible for their actions. A perfect example of this is blaming Oedipus for marrying mother. His ignorance was his flaw leading to his downfall, fulfilling the prophecy he “tried” so hard to avoid.
She will be the man here” (519). This quote explains Kreon’s irritation on Antigone. The very moment Antigone buries her be loving brother’s body Kreon wants to take action with killing her because she disobeyed his law also Antigone’s sister, Ismene, because Kreon believes she was part of it too. Kreon believes if he does not kill Antigone he will no longer be one of the best rulers that people will look up too. This quote is important because it explains how Kreon begins to commit hubris.
Odysseus does himself no favours by blinding Poseidon’s son the Cyclops and subsequently uses his powers for evil rather than good. He wants revenge and takes his anger out on the man who hurt his son. He makes the sea so dangerous and almost impossible for Odysseus to continue his journey home. The Goddess Calypso’s role in the Odyssey was to show Odysseus’ loyalty and devotion to his wife, Penelope. Odysseus was stranded on the island of Ogygia with the beautiful nymph, but only gave into her against his will.
Madea could foresee the future and she knew that she would, one day succeed. Uranus was a selfish person who was betrayed by his own son, Cronus who also proved to have the same selfish heart like his father. Thinking that he would rule the earth himself after deceiving his father, Cronus wasn’t as clever as he thought, “I have thwarted fate again… For not only had he swallowed a rock. He also failed to realize that fate is never fooled” (Volume 1). Cronus had not only
Macbeth has allowed his false sense of security to cloud his judgement, which is exactly why no one but himself can be blamed for his tragedy. Upon killing Young Siward Macbeth says, “Thou wast born of woman. / But swords I smile at, weapons laugh to scorn, / Brandish’d by man that’s of a woman born,” (V, vii, 16-18). Macbeth’s over-confidence blinds his thinking, and so with the thought that he cannot be harmed by any man of woman born, he overlooks the possibility of a man born of caesarean section, and instead just assumes that he is invincible. This over-confidence and sense of