The Foresight of Sophocles
A comparison of the two plays, “Oedipus Rex” and “Antigone” which reveals similarities in both plays.
“Oedipus Rex and Antigone are two plays wrought by the same man, Sophocles. Sophocles is well known for creating suspense in his writings, but especially with skill in these two plays. In these plays Sophocles uses a combination of foreshadowing, dramatic irony, and repetition in order to create the illustrious verse and plots found in Antigone and Oedipus Rex. In both plays he foreshadows the events to come in either a direct or symbolic manner. In both cases the reader has prior knowledge of the characters that not even the characters themselves know. The repetition of the Greek concepts of fate, the gods, and even hereditary sin are found in not one of these plays but in both of these well written masterpieces.”