Oedipus Rex vs. Antigone

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Victim to Villain Power and pride have the power to corrupt and change a once virtuous man. In Oedipus Rex and Antigone, written by Sophocles, a character named Creon appears in both ancient stories, but changes roles and personalities. Creon first appears in Oedipus Rex as the Queen's brother. He is modest and humble, even through Oedipus' accusations of conspiring against him for the throne. Although, when the story of Antigone begins, Creon is given the throne and rules over Thebes. As his power and pride rises, he becomes particularly paranoid, believing everyone is out to betray him and as he becomes suspicious, the once kind leader rules Thebes with a iron fist. Paranoia built from the pride and power of being a king consume Creon and eventually bring about his own demise. Once caring, Creon gives in to the silent puppet masters called power and pride. In Oedipus Rex, Creon wills nothing more than to help Oedipus lift the never resting plague from the city. For instance, as the city falls into a pit of despair, Creon travels to Apollo's shrine to pray and find out what they must do to end the plague's thirst for death. As he returns to Thebes, he gives the news to Oedipus, and in a cloud of paranoia caused by pride, Oedipus accuses Creon of conspiring against him for the throne. Even though Creon is falsely accused, he only wants nothing more than the best for the city. Creon is hurt by this accusation and responds, "This accusation against me by our ruler Oedipus, it's outrageous." (Sophocles 514) Unfortunately, as the book closes, Creon looses his virtues as he becomes the new ruler of Thebes. As the story of Antigone starts, it begins with Oedipus' sons, Polynices and Eteocles. These brothers joined two different armies and ended up killing each in fratricide. Antigone, daughter of Oedipus tried to bury Polynices after the battle, but Creon has

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