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Citizenship and Family Loyalty
Transcript of Citizenship and Family Loyalty
Corinth to protect his parents. He
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.
of Jocasta's Plea
Citizenship over Daughters
daughters in order for his citizens to be benefited and remain a true
Oedipus refers to his daughters as his own
flesh and blood
Citizens benefit: Oedipus's
cures the plague
Family suffers: Daughters lose the
of a father
very prominent decisions which reveal his
of citizenship over family loyalty as the King of Thebes:
of Jocasta's Plea
In order to save his citizens, Jocasta's
for an end to Oedipus's quest is
Jocasta begs Oedipus, "No more,
from your mind forever" (1068).
Citizens benefit: Plague's
Family suffers: Jocasta commits
Family Loyalty and Citizenship
"Oedipus the King" by Sophocles
Hannah San Sebastian
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
will cure plague
Family suffers: Exile of
is at risk.
Along with the crown, Oedipus adopts the