Comparative Analysis of
Three individuals driven by the same intellectual mind
but separated by different contexts. In “Oedipus the King,” Creon is a
character in a state of conflict with the main character Oedipus. Being in this
conflict, he manifests many facets and motives which allows him to be
comparable to Germany’s Adolf Hitler and Star War’s Darth Vader. From this, I
will be analyzing the manner in which Creon, Hitler, and Darth Vader are all
similar but share distinctions through the situations they encounter.
Creon portrays himself to be like the leader of the Nazi Party, Adolf Hitler.
Both Creon and Hitler had the character flaw of being hubris. In “Oedipus the
King,” after Tiresias tells Oedipus he is Laius’s murderer and cause of the
plague, Oedipus believes Creon has brought Tiresias to prophesize this in order
to steal the crown from him. Regardless of these accusations, Creon is consistently
arrogant and prideful providing subliminal answers to Oedipus’s inquiries. When
asked if he brought the prophet, Creon simply answers, “and still I hold to the
advice I gave.” Later on Creon tells Oedipus,
“may my life fail, may I die cursed, and if I did any of the things you said I
did!” Given that Creon is assertive that he has not done anything treacherous
against the king, he doesn’t hold back on making boastful remarks exhibiting his
strong ego. In an alike manner, Hitler had a similar hubris and surrounded himself
in much pride believing the Jews he killed was for the greater good of mankind.
He failed to regard to what anyone else thought, but did what he thought was
best for society. However, at the end of the play, Creon’s hubris works in his
favor while Hitler’s leads to his demise. When Creon is found not guilty of the
convictions made against him, his firm hubris aids him. He demonstrates that he
is sensible and responsible enough to be King. On the other hand, when Hitler
is at the brinks of capture for his prideful crimes against humanity, he ends
up committing suicide in fear instead of having dishonor slated to his name.
Creon can also be compared to Star War’s Darth Vader. Both are alike with the
change of character they have at the end of their stories. For instance, Creon
is very forgiving at the last scene of the play and dismisses the terrible
accusations Oedipus made against him. When Oedipus is grieving because the prophecies
are true, he doesn’t make boastful remarks previously seen in the play, but
rather lets him inside and promises to care for his children. Correspondingly,
in the last movie of the Star War’s trilogy, Darth Vader kills the emperor out
of empathy to save his son, Luke Skywalker, which shows the goodness he has in
him. Throughout the Star War movies, he can be depicted as monstrous for the many
wrongful acts he committed. So, by saving his son, it shows the change from
being on the dark to the light side of the force. In contrast, Creon’s and
Darth Vader’s nature are also discrete. Creon is individualistic and says/acts
upon his own ideals. He is pretty forthright and walks freely by his own wit.
On the other hand, Darth Vader’s state of mind is guided by the emperor whom he
obeys. Every course of action he inflicts on the empire is to please him.
Conversely, Hitler himself was a spitting image of Darth
Vader’s dark side when taking account their demeanor and intentions. Both were
vigilant rulers who wanted to control a vast spectrum which can be seen with
Hitler wanting to control the world and Darth Vader wanting the rule the whole
empire in the galaxy. They felt above other rulers in their settings, seeing
them as unfit and felt they had better plans. When it came to the way they
established power, they didn’t hold back on imposing fear on the people. Both
knew that they had to have a mechanism for doing so which entailed a lot of
weaponry allowing them to have the great power they had for the time they did.
On the contrary, when it came to the way their authority and position was
bestowed upon them, Hitler had it harder compared to the Darth Vader. Hitler
had to start off his rule in a broken Germany that was weak and had recently been
defeated in war. So, he had to construct
from nothing to create the fearless Germany he did. In contrast, Darth
Vader, apprentice to the emperor, took over an empire that was already well
established after the emperor destroyed the Jedi order. Darth Vader only went
to enforce the dark side of the force in ruling the empire.
In the final analysis, Creon, Hitler, and Darth Vader all
displayed compelling comportment which made them stand apart in their
societies. Through comparative analysis of each, they showcased how they were
not only alike but divergent given the settings they were placed in. Therefore,
it is key to note that an individual’s temperament, conjectures and actions, are
not much different than those found in a predisposed play, movie, or a