Oedipus, Antigone and Aeneas
Oedipus deserves sympathy because he strives to avoid the miseries that Apollo had predicted which eventual lead to his downfall. In addition, it is essential to sympathize with Oedipus because he does not who his biological parents are and not King Polybus. At the same time, it is essential to sympathize with him because even if he leaves Corinth and goes to Delphi, he does not avoid prophesy by Apollo. He ends marrying his mother and killing his father. In addition, Oedipus is a normal human who has normal emotions (Hopeforgliders.org). He does not deserve the harsh realities that befall him because he cannot control the power in the world and he is an example of human intellectual inadequacy. He deserves the empathy. Oedipus has a personality that shows determination, and this is a mark for better times ahead. Thus, he deserves hope, and because he has a future to defend. In as much people cannot escape fate, at one point, it is essential to give hope.
Aeneas should have left Dido because the priorities that he had were largely on the people he serves. In addition, it was necessary to leave Dido so as to fulfill his destiny and establish Rome. It was necessary for Aeneas to leave so as to build a legacy for his son. In addition, the relationship with Dido could not consummate and will fail (The Aeneid, Book IV). Thus, it is essential to for Aeneas to leave her as fate has that it will not work out for the two of them. In addition, it was vital for Aeneas to leave because the infatuation that Dido had for him was likely to destroy her as the leader for Carthage. This is one theme that Virgil warns about on uncontrolled love.
Some of the moral issues in Antigone emanates from the issues that arise out of law and morality. They are relevant today as much as they were at the time of the play (Sophocles 6). These include disobedience, laws that are unjust, inhuman treatment, and unfair treatment. For instance, Antigone avoids civil responsibility and lays focus on the obligations to family sanctioned by the traditional religion (Sophocles 7). Both Antigone and Creon are inflexible, but they have noble characters whose drive is the principles towards the goals of the Greek, and this is what they recognize as morally good (Sophocles 7). Nobility is one of the characters that are acceptable in the modern society today.
In addition, Antigone’s sister Ismene advises on compromising and this shows some of the acceptable ideals in the modern society. The moral in the book is obedience to the law that includes the laws to the state and those of religion. This shows the importance of approaching the conflict with state law and religion with sobriety. It is a story that asks the extent of power that the government must have and the responsibility that people must have to act according to their conscience (Sophocles 6).
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