Similarities between Antigone and Hippolytus

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How can these two plays have so much in common? The plays Antigone and Hippolytus share numerous similarities, such as the environment of the characters, how the characters act and make bad choices and how in the end of the plays the tragic heroes end up dying or suffering for the mistakes they do. The characters make similar choices and mistakes. These two plays talk about gods and how men that do not obey the god´s orders are punished. These two plays have similar tragic endings. The themes are the same, leaving to the tragic heroes and the audience a lesson.

Theseus and Creon change opinions after they realize what they have done and they end up suffering because of the actions they make. “Ah glorious land of Pallas and of Athens, what a son is lost to you! Wretch that I am! Long, Cypris, long till I forget Thy curse! Theseus feels bad for exiling his son Hippolytus and for ask Poseidon to kill Hippolytus; now he sees that he should not have done that to Hippolytus(Hippolytus 132).“Lead me away. I have been rash and foolish. I have killed my son and wife. I look for comfort lies here dead. Whatever my hands have touched has come to nothing. Fate has brought all my pride to a thought of dust” In this quote Creon sees the results of his bad choices and he feels guilty for not burying Polyneices and punishing Antigone just because he does what he wants to do(Antigone Exodus. 134-138).

The Nurse and Haimon try to defend Phaedra and Antigone by saying nothing but the truth “What will you do son? Ruin those that love you?” The Nurse tells Hippolytus what Phaedra feels for him, and asks neither him not to get mad at her because the nurse wants to help Phaedra, so Phaedra would not be depress nor comet suicide (Hippolytus 112). “You’ll never marry her while she lives-Creon says- Then she must die- but her death will cause another-Haimon says” In this quote Haimon is arguing with Creon about his father´s decisions...
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