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There is no curse on the house of Oedipus Because of the many terrible things that happen to the members of Oedipuss family a reader might be led to believe that there is such a curse However if that person examines the stories of Oedipus Rex and Antigone more closely he or she will find that the reason so many tragedies happened to Oedipuss family is not because of some curse but rather because of one common thread Each person in the line of Oedipus tries to defy authority in one way or another Oedipus and Jocasta both defy the authority of the gods by trying to run away from a prophesy of theirs which results in Jocastas death and Oedipuss dethroning and downfall Antigone defies the authority of the king by violating his edict which results in her death In Ismenes case the authority that is defied is that of the moral law and for that she has to live out her days with guilt and regret The authority which Oedipus and Jocasta defy is the same Both the king and his mother defy the authority of the gods by trying to evade their edict The edict states that a son would be born to Jocasta who would marry his mother and kill his father as Oedipus says How mating with my mother I must spawn a progenyhaving been my fathers murderer OEDIPUS Oedipus 44 When Jocasta hears of this she attempts to kill the baby Oedipus thus trying to escape the prophesy Similarly when Oedipus as an unmarried adult hears that he would kill his father he runs away from his home town Corinth never to return Oedipus and Jocasta both defy the gods authority which in this case comes in the form of running away from a menacing prophesy In the end however Jocasta dies and Oedipus is overthrown and ruined Like her parents Antigone defies a powerful authority Unlike
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