I'm a huge fan of the classics and they don't come more classic than Greek tragedy. Antigone is the final of the three Theban plays by legendary Greek playwright Sophocles and tells the story of the end of Oedipus' life after he has been famously banished for killing his parents.
The story is notable for its depiction of the Greek concept of philoi - friendship - throughout as well as the importance of family loyalty. Oedipus, once a proud and mighty king, is reduced to nothing more than a blind beggar with a hobble who requires the assistance of his daughters to walk. The villagers soon learn of the prescence of Oedipus and tell him to move on but Antigone defends her father. Oedipus is angry because his sons both died fighting each other in battle (a curse he laid upon them due to his famous temper) but Creon has only allowed the burial of one and has shamed the other by disallowing the burial rites afforded to most citizens. This is a very important thing in ancient Greek society as they believed if someone was not properly buried Hades would come up and snatch someone else in their place. In short, it was the ultimate insult.
The play tells the tale of Antigone's defiance of the law in the face of tradition and presents the argument over which is more important - law or custom.
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