Ow does Oedipus and Antigone s stubbornness lead to their downfall?

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Oedipus by Sophocles and Antigone by Jean Anouilh



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Introduction-There are many ways in which the main characters of Oedipus the king and Antigone lead to their downfall, but the major way is through their continuous stubbornness and persistence.



Similarities:

-Both kept fighting for what they want, Oedipus fought for the truth as Antigone fought to bury her brother s body.

 You-scum of the earth, you d enrage a heart of stone! You won t talk? Nothing moves you? Out with it, once and for all. -Oedipus

 They have uncovered my brother s body. I must go and bury him -Antigone& even though Creon has just told her she will be killed for going against the law.

-They are both killed for their actions, and therefore considered the traguc heroes of the play.



Differences:

-Antigone knew the consequences of her actions, Oedipus didn t.

 I don t want to. It s all very well for you, but I m not here to understand. I m here to say no to you, and to die.





Like father like daughter, Antigone was just as stubborn as her father when it came to burying her brother. Oedipus s persistence to find he truth about the curse, lead him to his downfall. When Oedipus wanted to know the truth he didn t know anything about the price he had to pay later, unlike Antigone who knew everything, but was stubborn enough to keep fighting for it.