The Three Theban Kings Comparison Essay by Jay Writtings LLC

The Three Theban Kings
A comparison of Creon, Oedipus, and Pentheus from "Antigone" and "Oedipus the King" by Sophocles and "The Bacchae" by Euripides.
# 119939 | 2,194 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on May 30, 2010 in Literature (Greek and Roman) , Drama and Theater (Greek and Roman)

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The paper compares and contrasts the characters of the three Theban kings, Creon, Oedipus, and Pentheus, from the plays "Antigone", "Oedipus the King", and "The Bacchae" respectively. The paper illustrates how these tragic heroes all shared the same destiny of misfortune as a result of their own decisions and actions.

From the Paper:

"A common recurring theme in many Greek tragedies is the appearance of the "tragic hero." These characters are usually the protagonists, who, by their own actions and decisions, come to a tragic and unfortunate ending. The character and persona of the tragic hero tends to be very similar in many Greek tragedies. This can be seen in plays such as Antigone, Oedipus the King, and The Bacchae. These three plays have several things in common; not only are all three plays set in the city of Thebes, but the tragic heroes of all three plays are also the king. However, it is important to note that Antigone and Oedipus the King were composed by Sophocles, whereas The Bacchae was composed by Euripides. By comparing the three Theban kings, Creon, Oedipus, and Pentheus, one can gain a better understanding of the works previously mentioned as well as the overall character of the tragic hero."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Euripides. The Bacchae and Other Plays. The Bacchae. Trans. Philip Vellacott. New York: Penguin Books, 1954.
  • Sophocles. The Three Theban Plays. Antigone. Trans. Robert Fagles. New York: Penguin Books, 1984.
  • Sophocles. The Three Theban Plays. Oedipus the King. Trans. Robert Fagles. New York: Penguin Books, 1984

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