BC: The End
FC: Themes of Oedipus and Antigone By: Nicole Alexander
1: One of the themes of Oedipus is fate. Everything that happened was based off of fate. For example, a prophet had predicted that Oedipus would kill his father and marry his mother. Oedipus ran away from home thinking that he could avoid it, but the prophecy still came true.
2: Another major theme expressed is the truth which is expressed a lot in the play. Everyone is trying to figure out who killed Laius, including Oedipus, and when they finally know, it's the truth that hurts the most. This is also related to the theme of fate.
3: In both plays someone dies. Either by murder or they commit suicide. In Oedipus, Jocasta committed suicide and Laius was murdered. In Antigone, there were more deaths. Polyneices and Eteokles killed each other in a battle for the throne. Antigone committed suicide by hanging herself. Haimon also committed suicide by stabbing himself. Eurydice committed suicide as well.
4: Another theme expressed in both plays is justice. Oedipus is trying to find who killed Lauis, so he can get rid of the plague. Antigone is trying to find justice through giving him a proper burial. In each play justice is achieved, but there is a consequence that follows.
5: Another theme expressed in both plays is guilt. Oedipus feels guilty for killing his father and marrying his mother. He feels so much remorse that he stabs his eyes out when he learns the truth. | In Antigone, Kreon feels guilty for his son and wife's suicide, because it could have been avoided if he would have put his pride and selfishness aside and done what was right from the beginning.
6: In Antigone the theme of love is strongly expressed. Antigone loves her brother so much that she breaks the law and buries him. Haimon also kills himself because he loved Antigone so much that when she died it absolutely broke his heart. And the fact that Haimon killed himself broke Eurydice's heart as well so she committed suicide.
7: In Antigone, the theme of pride is greatly seen. Creon lets his pride get in the way of what was right. He thought that everything he was doing was the only way to do it. He let pride get in the way and ended up with no one in his life to love and many regrets.