PR: Antigone

I liked the story of Antigone a bit more the Oedipus the king. I find that Antigonus personality is interesting to me. The confidence, courage, and boldness that she displayed throughout the play was inspiring. Even going as far as disobeying Creon to give Polynices the proper burial that she felt he deserved. Creon promised death to anyone who tried to bury the body, but that did not stop her. She felt as though no one should be denied their rights to a proper burial, so she went ahead a buried him anyway. Although her character is very interesting, and she is trying to do what she thinks is the right thing, I do not think she is very likable. When Ismene says she does not want to help, Antigone is very rude to her, even going as far as saying she will hate her if she keeps quiet about the burial. Antigone is very rude and even though she is standing up for what she thinks is right, her attitude makes me find her unrelatable, and I honestly did not like her very much  

Both her and Creon make choices, some good, most are not great and there really is no winner. Antigone is dead, no longer bothering Creon but he has lost his wife and son. Not to mention that people could have Antigone’s actions living in their heads, prompting them to rebel against king Creon themselves. I that her actions are made even more powerful by her death, she died rebelling against Creon on. People will remember that Antigone gave her life going against the king’s wishes. I think what she has done will cause others to think about Creon’s actions and question how good of a king he really is. Even though he believes that a man who does not listen to his    best council men, is the worst man of all though he repeatedly fails to take the advice of his son, and Tiresias. Tiresias, being a prophet who is never wrong and Haemon, being his son, you would think they are trusted council men or at least trusted opinions.  

I did enjoy the story of Antigone. It was tragic but interesting. I wish I could have seen it as a play, the story is super intriguing and even though I do not like a lot of the characters. They play crucial roles in the story and make it much more enjoyable.  

PR: Oedipus the King

I have read some mythology and I found it a bit boring and hard to follow, so my exceptions for this play were not high as I did not think I would enjoy this book. Though after reading the story, I found it pretty interesting. I was surprised by how much I liked this play and how excided I was to read the next one. The story of Oedipus the king is one of the only mythology books I’ve ever really enjoyed. I find reading pieces like this difficult because of how things are written with the chorus and the language used in the characters dialog. Oedipus the king was an interesting but tragic story.

After reading the summery, I was actually interested in reading the story and finding out all the details. It was nice to have conversions in class, because a lot of the questions I had were answered. Learning about Oedipus was cool, his life was pretty messy but also very interesting. I do feel that killing himself would have been a better option then gouging his own eyes out but that’s just me. I also think that he is too prideful for his own good. He is convinced that he can run and escape his own fate. Oedipus seems to think that he has so much power that he has managed to get away the life that he was told he would inevitably have. It is almost as if he believes in his own self more than he does in the gods and fates, exercising his own freedom by defying the people he is meant to follow a pray too. I feel like Oedipus is a very prideful, which in away made him a good king and exceptional leader to the people of Theabs. Even so his morals were blurred when he had no problem killing a man on a path. In my personal opinion Oedipus was not a good man, although he tried to be a good king and a fairly good father, his motives were questionable, and his actions are not ones to be proud of. He very clearly understands that what he’s done is messed up as he has no problem gouging out his own eyes and punishing himself. All in all, I do not like Oedipus, but I do respect how he did not go back on his word when he realized he had killed the past king

This story has helped me to enjoy mythology. I like the tragedy and emotions displayed in the play. It’s very interesting to see how people used to think, and how old plays and stories were written. I did like that we read a short summery of the story before reading the book. It helped me follow along with the story since I already had an idea of what was going on in the book. Oedipus was a man