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Oedipus Seven Against Thebes Medea Oscar Wilde once said There are two tragedies in life The first is not getting what you want The second is getting what you want This paradoxal statement when examined can be found to have some truth in almost everyones life It is particularly valid in the works Seven Against Thebes Medea and Oedipus The King A closer look at these works will show how these two statements truly can destroy a character In Aeschyluss Seven Against Thebes the truth to Wildes statement is very evident Once the king dies it becomes clear to Polynius and Eteocles what they want The goal for both of them is to become king It is decided that Eteocles will become the king while Polynius will become leader of the army This decision shows one aspect of the meaning of Wildes quote Both brothers wanted to be king but only one could attain that goal In this case Eteocles got what he wanted and Polynius did not get what he wanted According to Wilde now both brothers lives will end in tragedy After a few more complications this does happen Once the brothers go against each other at the seven gates of Thebes their desire to have what they want continues to destroy them At each Gate Eteocles wins even though Polynius leads the army Once they reach the final gate Eteocles and Polynius go against each other This final gate found Polynius angry that he was not king and Eteocles angry that his brother represented himself as just It is at this final gate that the brothers both perish The outcome of them getting what they wanted or the lack thereof truly did destroy them Polynius did not receive what he wanted Therefore as the army leader he led his men to fight with evil On the other hand Eteocles did receive the prize of becoming king
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