Justice In Oedipus The King

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In many great literary novels, justice is one of the key themes that is studied, debunked, and questioned. Some of them hint at it; others dedicate the entire novel to the idea of it. For Oedipus Rex, written by Sophocles, and Nineteen Eighty-Four, written by George Orwell, justice is touched on in many different ways than is usual for great novels. Despite being written nearly two thousand years apart, both stories share similar ideas about the idea and pursuit of justice. While the specific justices do vary, both are alike in the tragic outcomes that befall each main character. For the purpose of this essay Oedipus’s life until his death are described as his “story.” Sophocles wrote Oedipus’s story in three parts: Antigone, Oedipus Rex,…show more content…
To his uncle, cream, justice is exiling Oedipus and taking the throne. Creon does not vilify Oedipus, instead pitying him and his children for being unable to choose their fate. His daughter, Antigone, decides to follow him on his exile, helping her father in any way she can. She believes that despite her spoiled ancestry that she can prevail and overcome the curse of the family name. Conversely, citizens of Athens—acting as the chorus—visibly recoil when they learn Oedipus’s identity. They have no qualms about driving him away from the community 's holy places, so that he cannot spoil them. Symbolically, justice is represented as a certain character in Oedipus Rex. At the beginning of his quest for the truth, Oedipus first consults a blind oracle, Tiresias, who warns him that his search will only end in tragedy. Tiresias reflects a wise Oedipus of the future. Both are led by a young child, and both are blind. Once Oedipus learns of his lineage he remarks that he wished that he had never known, for surely living peacefully in ignorance is better than living knowing the agony of the…show more content…
Winston finds Julia, and they consort with one another for a brief period of time before being torn apart by the Thought Police. Antigone keeps her father company throughout his exile, only leaving his side when Creon forces her away. Julia and Antigone are symbolic for hope in each of their respective stories, therefore taking them away symbolizes the main character’s downfall. In both cases, taking the protagonist’s companion away is used to highlight the injustices they faced. Almost immediately following their removal, Oedipus and Winston’s lives begin to fall into tragedy. They both die, Winston metaphorically and Oedipus literally, a short time
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