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Citizenship and Family Loyalty

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Sapna Rockey

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Transcript of Citizenship and Family Loyalty

Oedipus
abandons
Corinth to protect his parents. He
fights
his way
back
to a noble status as King of Thebes.
Sophocles emphasizes the idea that
true leaders should prioritize citizenship over family loyalty, regardless of personal sacrifice
, through diction and character development.

Oedipus chooses citizenship over family loyalty
By exiling himself, Oedipus saves the people of Thebes from the plague
Forced to leave his daughters behind
Oedipus begs Creon to take care of this daughters because he loves them
“don’t let them go begging, abandoned, women without men” (1649-1650).
As the king, Oedipus knows it is his duty and responsibility to save the citizens, so he has to sacrifice being with family in order to fulfill his duty.

Oedipus's
Curse
Rejection
of Jocasta's Plea
Citizenship over Daughters
Citizenship
Departure
from Children
Oedipus must
abandon
his two
cherished
daughters in order for his citizens to be benefited and remain a true
leader
.

Oedipus refers to his daughters as his own
"
flesh and blood
" (1615).

Citizens benefit: Oedipus's
exile
cures the plague

while
...

Family suffers: Daughters lose the
care
of a father
Oedipus makes
three
very prominent decisions which reveal his
pursuit
of citizenship over family loyalty as the King of Thebes:

Oedipus's
Curse

Rejection
of Jocasta's Plea

Departure
from Children
In order to save his citizens, Jocasta's
plea
for an end to Oedipus's quest is
ignored
.

Jocasta begs Oedipus, "No more,
sweep
it
from your mind forever" (1068).

Citizens benefit: Plague's
cure
is pursued

while
...

Family suffers: Jocasta commits
suicide
diction
diction
or
Family Loyalty
Family Loyalty and Citizenship
in
"Oedipus the King" by Sophocles
Heather Konan
Sue Lee
Hannah San Sebastian
Grace Wu
The
battle
between family loyalty and citizenship is evident in Sophocles's play, "Oedipus the King."
Oedipus hears of the plague's cure and places a curse on the murderer of Laius which will be
executed irrespective of lineage
.

"“
I curse myself
as well if by any chance he proves to be an intimate of our house” (284-85). "

Citizens benefit: Exile of
murderer
will cure plague

while
...

Family suffers: Exile of
family member
is at risk.
A true
leader
prioritizes the
common good
over
personal needs
.

diction
Along with the crown, Oedipus adopts the
pursuit
of
Citizenship
.
CITIZENSHIP
OEDIPUS
JOCASTA
CHILDREN
FAMILY
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