(Story Insight/ History: Eodipus was born to the king and queen of Thebes but there was a prophecy which cursed him to kill his father. His father, in fear for his life, left Oedipus as a child in a meadow. A shepherd found him and gave him to another king and queen of a different land where he was raised until manhood. He knew of the prophecy against him and left his adopted parents fearing that he would later on kill his father. He goes to his former hometown unknowingly and kills his real father. He then marries his mother not knowing that the prophecy had been fulfilled. The land is cursed with pestilence by the gods and will not be cured until the murderer is found and exiled from the land. Through a series of trials and questions, Eodipus finds out that he is the murderer and is exiled from his own land. His wife hangs herself for shame and he destroys his eyes because his life is full of misery and not worth seeing.)
In the book Eodipus written by Sophocles, the last of the three plays talks about those who are left of Eodipus’ family which were his two daughters Antigone and Ismene, and his brother-in-law, Creon. Eodipus’ oldest son was next in line to rule, but his two sons disputed over who was ascend to the thrown. Creon however, since Eodipus was banned from the land, favored the younger of Eodipus’ two sons, Eteocles, allowing him to seize the throne and exile his own brother from Thebes. Polynices goes to his father for a blessing as he tries to retake his throne but instead the father, having no one to rely upon, except his two daughters Antigone and Ismene during the time he was exiled, sends Polynices away with a curse that prophesied the two brothers would kill each other over the throne. Before leaving, he asked his sisters to bury him if this prophecy came true. All came to pass as he had said and Creon creates a decree that Eteocles be buried like a warrior but Polynices’ body would be left out for the birds and dogs to mutilate. Antigone went against the law by burying her brother’s body, not fearing laws made by man, but doing what she believed was morally correct as she promised to do when he asked her.
Which is morally proper to do, obey the government or do what you believe is morally correct?