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Both famous playwrights Oedipus the King by Sophocles, composed thousands of years ago to Greek audiences along with Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen which was written as a complaint of the Norwegian society in the 1890's. The universal theme that both Sophocles and Ibsen explored within their plays is that people are punished through their own activities, and unfortunately those ungrateful events may occur to basically good people, who suffer through no real fault of their own, but as a consequence of the actions by other people. In Oedipus the king, Oedipus has been a really strong figure in the play; he had been born the son of Laius and Jocasta, the queen and king of Thebes. When they heard the Apollo's prophecy which was foretold that Oedipus will kill his father and marry his mother, they made a decision to destroy Oedipus, that made Oedipus an innocent and unwanted child because of Apollo's prophecy. The attempts to withstand the gods by evading Apollo's prophecy direct to the anguish of Oedipus. In Ghosts, Regina was the compensation of an affair that Captain Alving had with the housemaid Johanna. Regina is regarded as a child born from a wedlock, which clarifies that she's not intended to be here, and consequently she's unwanted by Captain Alving since she's caused by his error, and thus if anyone were to recognize and discover her true roots, it could ruin the respect that Captain Alving has in the society. Furthermore, Regina can be undesirable by Mrs Alving since Regina is the sole and distinctive evidence of Captain Alving's intemperance. The parent's attempt of concealing their children's true origins is displayed in both playwrights. The anguish of Oedipus can also be that he is concealed out of his true origins and individuality, not only by Jocas...