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When reading both Oedipus The King and Antigone by Sophocles it is almost impossible not to immediately compare and contrast the leading characters Oedipus and Antigone The two stories provide ample opportunity for the mind to begin making comparisons of the characters ignorance to reality selfish pride and self-inflicted demise The stories also allow the distinct differences of the two to reveal themselves also Both characters are loved by their people but Oedipus legacy seems to be due to the unnatural family relationships he is involved in Near the end of the tragedy Oedipus name becomes so vain that the Leader of the Chorus is distraught at the very mention of it crying You youre that man Sophocles Antigone on the other hand longs for the glory that she will receive when dying for her brother Antigone is more of a threat to Creon already knowing her fate and thinking she had nothing to lose by standing up to him These characters ultimately bring about their own demise Antigone dying a marauder to her brother and Oedipus being exiled after poking out his eyes Oedipus and Antigone really allow the reader to see the world from their blinded view during these two stories For example Oedipus couldnt face the reality of what would happen if the servant he had summoned was wrong Even at the beginning of the story one can not help but wonder at the many coincidences that occur How is it that Oedipus did not realize who his father and mother truly were He meets these men at a crossroads kills all but one of them and then finds out later that Laius had died at a crossroads It did not even cross his mind that he had been there at the same time of Laius death He was only accepting the fact that Laius had been killed by robbers He received a prophecy when he was
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