Oedipus & Antigone

Like I said before, this type of book, aren’t the kind of book I’m used to read, but like the other one, this book surprised me, because I ended up liking it. The story generated different emotions in me, it is a story full of deaths, feelings of loss and sadness, machismo, drama, beliefs, and debate about what is right and wrong, this stuff caused me emotions such as surprise, fear, intrigue, sadness, anger, etc.


I like Antigone’s mentality, so strong, so dedicated, and focused, the way she is loyal to her gods, and the way she fulfills their wishes even if it means risking herself. She died defending her goal, which only shows how faithful she was to herself and her ideals. Let’s talk about Creon, he had so much wrong ideas in my opinion, but I understand that possibly all those “macho” thoughts were so normalized at that time that for him and everyone else they were expected and went unnoticed. I’m amazed at how similar Oedipus and Creon’s mentalities are, they make very similar mistakes and both end up very badly because of it.

I think the most robust theme of this book is “death” as the book goes by, most of the main characters die, leaving a lot of pain to their family and in the end, only Ismene and Creon remain.

I really liked how the story deals with such delicate topics and although they are stories from the past, the teachings that this book left me with, without a doubt, I can apply in the present

 

Oedipus response by Yare

When I started this book, my expectations were too low, because of the type of language, the time in which the book is located, and the type of writing, left this book out of what I like to read, I thought this reading would be really tedious, long and boring for me, but as I progressed in the story I found myself interested in the story, in what Oedipus was going through,

Honestly, my first impression about Oedipus was that he was a bad person, I mean how can someone kill so many people? and continue calling himself “a good person”, but little by little I entered the context of the time in which this book is developed. I realized that in these times that was not such a bad thing. Apart from a question that went through my mind did Oedipus really kill all those people by his own decision, or was just Apollo controlling his life?

And now that I have finished the book, I can say that I really liked how the character of Oedipus developed throughout this story, the progress he had as a person, his reactions to the situations that occurred, etc. Also what I like about this book is that it always keeps you in suspense about what will happen, at least I couldn’t predict anything that would happen next, which I normally could in other books.

I can conclude that despite the fact that I did not expect much, it was entertaining for me to read this book, I learned many things from the way it is written, from the words that are used, from the character of Oedipus, from the power of the prophecies or rather How powerful it can be to hear a prophecy about yourself and your future because it can lead you to predispose yourself, which I feel was a lot of what Oedipus did.

Yare

Hi, I'm Yare, I'm 17 years old, I'm from Mexico, what I like to do the most is watch Netflix, be with my family and friends, go to parties, do extreme things, play volleyball and have fun doing whatever. My expectations for this course are to have a better reading comprehension, to know how to read more fluently, to find passion in reading, to find books that I really like and are interested in.