01 March 2011
Comparison Essay Tragedy can be caused physically or emotionally to someone. This causes different values of magnitude to different people, ( the degree of importance/impact). Both Oedipus in Oedipus Rex by John Bennet and Creon in Antigone by Sophocles go through tragedy that reflects importance and has a big impact. Creon in comparison to Oedipus exhibits a higher degree of magnitude because his sinful actions display a higher degree of remorse and resulted in a more pronounced life of regret/suffering and a higher degree of catastrophe. Creon experiences a higher degree of remorse then Oedipus because his sinful acts were knowingly made despite the unintended consequences. Unlike Oedipus, Creon understood what he was doing was wrong; it was Creon’s decision that had caused the death of his son, his wife, and Antigone. Creon most definitely understood that his action would cause his owns sons death. Creon warned by the blind prophet Teiresias that Haemon to would die if he doesn’t reverse his decision Antigone must die. “But Creon does not relent and Antigone and Haemon go to their deaths.” (Sophocles 13) Even though Creon was told by the prophet that his son would die if he did not reverse his decision about Antigione, he ignored the prophet which resulted in the death of Antigone, Haemon and his wife Eurydice, impacting him so great that he claims fate is too heavy for him. In Oedipus Rex, Oedipus faces remorse when he find out that he had actually killed his father and, more horrible, yet had married his own mother. This results in him Henry 2
blinding himself to wander the world in exile. “Oedipus had really killed his own father, and, more horrible yet, had married his own mother.” (Bennet 2) The prophet told him that he would kill his father, which caused him to leave the city, which only brought him to his...