oedipusOedipus was the ruling king who was succeeded by Antigone.  At the beginning of the play, when Oedipus was the king, there was a plague that had stroke the Thebes and left many women barren. Creon was sent to the oracle to plea for the end of the plague. Creon returned with the news that the plague would end once the killer of the king was found.

After Oedipus contacts the blind prophet, he is informed that he is actually the king’s killer. He chases away the prophet and accuses Creon of treason with claims that he corrupted the prophet. In the end, Oedipus seemed to the killer of the king as he tells a story of a stranger that he had killed while younger.

After king Oedipus passes away and Creon succeeds his two sons, Eteocles and Polynieces, Antigone comes in favor of honorable burial of one of the Oedipus’ sons Polynieces. Creon had denied Polynieces an honorable burial claiming that he had led a foreign army during war.

When Antigone was caught burying the body of Polynieces, she was arrested, under the command of Creon, and sentenced to prison. While in prison, Antigone committed suicide by hanging herself. Oedipus’ son, Haemon, who is also Antigone’s boyfriend, kills himself when he finds out about her death. The sequence of events does not there as Oedipus’ wife also kills herself after learning of the death of her son.

One of the dialogues that emerge in these two parts is the conversation between the blind prophet and Oedipus. This happens in the play ‘Oedipus the king.’ In comparison, the death described in the first play, which is death of the king, is not an intentional murder. In the Antigone part, the deaths described are as a result of heartbreak, as that of Haemon. The characters in the Antigone by Sophpcles commit suicide.


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