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Sophocles, The Oedipus Cycle: Oedipus Rex, Oedipus at Colonus, Antigone 1st Edition
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The tragedy begins with an act of civil disobedience by the king's niece, Antigone. It ends with the misery and suicide of Antigone, of Haemon (the king's son), and of Euridice (the queen), together with the utter despair of Creon (the king).
Just before her last exit, Antigone cries out: "But if the guilt Lies upon Creon who judged me, then, I pray, May his punishment equal my own." Her prayer is granted, within minutes of her own death. Declared guilty by the prophet, Teiresias, Creon is punished by the suicides of his son and his wife.
But who or what granted Antigone's prayer? Divine justice? The reader is more than ready to applaud punishment for Creon. But in this form? What have Haemon and Euridice done to deserve their fates? For that matter, what kind of justice condemns Antigone to a punishment equal to Creon's? If what she did was right, as Haemon and Teiresias insist, why punish her at all? Even if death is an unavoidable result of disobeying an unjust king, why isn't it noble and beautiful as hoped for, rather than miserable and shameful as experienced?
What went wrong?
The first move is Creon's: a decree that, under pain of death, no one may bury Polynices (his nephew and Antigone's brother), who has been killed making war against the city.Read more ›
Missing any linked (or even unlinked) TOC cripples this copy, though, so only three stars for you.
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The Trilogy is fantastic for the age it was written in. Amazing writing.Published 11 months ago by john gjaltema
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