In the plays you have studied, how effectively do you think Sophocles and Euripides use myth to explore issues that were important to the Athenian audience?

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Power and responsibility

Oedipus -  taken it upon himself  to avenge Laius' death - has responsibility to as King. By avenging Laius he defends himself - dramatic irony. Would not have been possible wth fiction, as no context understanding. Performed at festival - one time viewing - important to understand first time. 

Antigone - Creon has responsibility to look after kindom after Eteocles/Polynices death. Important for tragic hero (both good and bad) Myth creates established background for story - understanding of why stubborn - links to them -  Delian league. Possible in fiction, but…

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