Loyalty to me creates an inseparable bind between the devoted and the devotee. Whether the bond is shared between a boy and his dog, two best friends or a father and his daughter, loyalty requires endless toil and dedication to maintain. Haniel Long, an American poet, once said,
A prime example of this is the bond between Antigone and her father Oedipus. She spent 10 years of her life with her hip glued to her father’s. Whether wandering Greece with the blinded Oedipus or risking her life to bury her dead brother, her loyalty was persistent in all that she did. Such loyalty can be truly remembered when Antigone cries out,
Even pains when gone are missed
and hurt the love of him we’d greet.
I held him in my firm embrace
and helped his way on stumbling feet.
Through steps in darkness he must trace
he’ll never languish for our love.
Her loyalty for her father wasn’t a sort of facade to becoming his favorite or anything- she truly loved him despite all the wrong that was imposed on him. Oedipus needed her, and she delivered. You can very well tell of this and her massive devotion throughout Oedipus at Colonus, which is one of the many reasons why Antigone is my favorite character in Sophocles’ Theban plays. Antigone embodies loyalty, compassion and undoubtful bravery- characteristics of a friend for life.