The relationship between a parent and a child is extremely strong and very hard to obtain. A child looks up to their parent or parents seeing them as a role-model or somebody who loves them to the end and would do anything for them. It takes time for the child to trust and love the parent, to create this bond, but this is bond something a parent could never be reluctant about. The parent cares for the baby since day one feeding, nursing, and making sure if the child has everything he/she needs. The child seeing all the effort and care being put into him/her later on in life will do the same thing back to their parent. This is just like my favorite quote. “Treat people the way you would want to be treated.” Many of us have also already heard the quote “Family comes first”. This is true and very important because your family are the people who will take care of you forever and they will always be there for you always loving you.
Oedipus had this kind of relationship with his daughter Antigone. Even though Oedipus made some mistakes in his life without knowing that he was, he also did some good in his life. For example, defeating the Sphinx and saving Thebes from their dark times. He also loved his family and took care of them as well as he could.
In the Oedipus story, there were two different examples of a parent and child relationship that contrast each other. One showed true love and support to the parent, while the other only put his own greed for power in front of his love. Antigone, who is Oedipus’ daughter, shows true love and loyalty because she stuck by her father’s side despite him being blind, old in age, and weak. Antigone’s relationship with her father is strong and it is a bond that can never be broken apart. This is shown when after Oedipus dies, she wanted to know how he died and see where he died despite her father’s wishes. On the other hand, the opposite of what was a strong relationship between Antigone and Oedipus, was the lack of loyalty from Polyneices. Instead of helping Antigone lead their father, he chose fight for the throne after Oedipus’ exile. The only time Polyneices went to find Oedipus and bring him back tho Thebes was only to ask him for help to take over his brother’s reign. In conclusion, the bond between a parent and his/her child is almost unbreakable, however, in some cases, there could times where the relationship might not last.