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Creon's Hubris Caused the Conflict of Antigone - Pride is the cause of the main conflict in Sophocles’ play, Antigone. Everyone should have pride, but Creon had too much of it and that blinded him. His pride in his power and abuse of authority was his tragic flaw that ultimately led to his downfall. On the other hand, Antigone takes pride in her beliefs and has the courage to speak out for what she thinks is right. For this, Antigone is seen as an honorable character and the hero of the play. It is shown that there are often two sides to things; pride can be both a source of strength and self-destruction....   [tags: hubris, antigone, sophocles, conflict,] 583 words
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Antigone: The Conflict of Hubris, Fate, and The gods - Antigone: The Conflict of Hubris, Fate, and The gods Sophocles, Antigone is a classic example of the role of the gods in the life of a Grecian. It is a story of the precedent set by the gods, versus the will and actions of the characters of Antigone. Creon deceives himself into believing that he is upholding the laws set by the gods. While he would like to think of himself as being above the gods, even he can not deny their power. The humans were to revere the gods above all else, despite any obstacles that tried to displace them....   [tags: Sophocles Antigone Gods Papers]
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Nature of the Conflict in Sophocles' Antigone - The Nature of the Conflict in Antigone       In “Sophocles’ Praise of Man and the Conflicts of the Antigone,” Charles Paul Segal explains the nature of the conflict between Antigone and Creon: The conflict between Creon and Antigone has its starting point in the problems of law and justice. At any rate, the difference is most explicitly formulated in these terms in Antigone’s great speech on the divine laws. . . . Against the limited and relative “decrees” of men she sets the eternal laws of Zeus, the “unwritten laws of the gods.” She couples her assertion of these absolute “laws” with her own resolute acceptance of death (460) (64)....   [tags: Antigone confant]
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The Source of Conflict between Antigone and Creon in Sophocles' Antigone - The Source of Conflict between Antigone and Creon in Sophocles’ “Antigone” In the following paper, I plan to discuss the source of conflict between the title characters of Antigone and Creon in Sophocles’ “Antigone”. I also plan to discuss how each character justifies his or her actions and what arguments they give for their justifications. I will also write about the strengths and weaknesses of these arguments. The final points I try to make are about who Sophocles thinks is right and who I think is right....   [tags: Sophocles Antigone] 1274 words
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Conflict, Climax and Resolution in Sophocles' Antigone - Conflict, Climax and Resolution in Antigone         Sophocles’ tragic drama, Antigone, presents to the reader a full range of conflicts and their resolution after a climax. In Antigone the protagonist, Antigone, is humble and pious before the gods and would not tempt the gods by leaving the corpse of her brother unburied. She is not humble before her uncle, Creon, because she prioritizes the laws of the gods higher than those of men; and because she feels closer to her brother, Polynices, than she does to her uncle....   [tags: Sophocles Antigone Greek Tragedy]
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confant Pride and Conflict of Law in Sophocles' Antigone - Antigone - Pride and Conflict of Law Sophocles' Antigone, in its later phases is no longer about the conflict of law; It is about stubbornness and self will, about the sin of refusing to listen; about a man who has never been told. Conflict of law, presents the initial disturbance within Thebes. Creon, King of Thebes, refuses to bury the body of Polynices, for in his eyes Polynices is 'his country's enemy' Antigone pg.131. Thus, despite breaking the laws of the gods, Creon holds his power higher than that of God and heavens and enforces his law....   [tags: Antigone essays] 981 words
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confant Conflict of Passion and Reason in Sophocles' Antigone - Conflict of Passion and Reason in Sophocles' Antigone "Ah Creon. Is there no man left in the world” (Sophocles page #). Greek theatre played a large role in Greece. The citizens were supposed to learn from the mistakes made in tragedies. The citizens should have learned what not to be like as a citizen or person. In Antigone, written by Sophocles, there are two main characters, Antigone and Creon. They are both strong willed and stubborn people. Both being unwilling to change, they both seal each other’s fate with their stubbornness, shortsightedness, extreme beliefs and their hubris....   [tags: Antigone essays] 1472 words
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Conflict in The Greek Tragedy Antigone by Sophocles - ... Since Polyneices lead the rebellion, Creon saw it in Thebes’s best interests to punish him as the traitor he was. In doing so, Creon acted decisively, and ignored Polyneices’s relationship with him, as well as the effects the edict would have on him and his family. One could argue that Creon only passed the edict because he favored Eteocles, and wanted to disgrace Polyneices; furthermore, since Polyneices was dead, he could no longer be a threat to Thebes, and punishment would be unnecessary....   [tags: thebes, rebellion, creon, Polyneices ] 559 words
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Moral Conflict in Antigone - The major moral conflict in Antigone by Sophocles is the conflict over which value is most fundamental. The play presents the moral conflict over whether the god's law or the city's law is more powerful. This seems to be the most prominent theme. The conflict arises mainly between the tragic heroes Antigone and her uncle-in-law Creon, King of Thebes. The city of Thebes had been through a war in which Antigone and her sister Ismene have lost both of their brothers to it, Eteocles and Polyneices. Eteocles's fighting for Thebes was buried and honored as a hero....   [tags: World Literature Sophocles]
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Antigone: Gender Conflict - In the play Antigone there are many references that link to the oppression of women. Creon made many convictions insulting womenkind. His convictions seemed true to a large population of men. I believe the majority of men, in the ancient Greek times believed in the undeniable domination of women. The start of the Greeks began around 2000 B.C. with the Mycenaeans. They inhabited the Greek peninsula. (Perry 40) “If we transgress . . . we” (Beatty 61) Ismene claimed it was an outrageous thought to stand up to a man....   [tags: essays research papers] 989 words
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A Comparison of Moral Conflict in Antigone and A Doll's House - Conflict Between Individual Morals and State Laws in Antigone and A Doll's House              Mother, should I trust the government?  Or should I trust myself?  This dilemma is a common one in a great deal of literature.  In Antigone and A Doll’s House, the main theme is the question of whether one should be true to oneself or true to one’s state or society.  Should Nora (in A Doll’s House) and Antigone (in Antigone) “follow the rules” and do what the state and society want them to do or should they follow their own consciences?  Both plays address the conflict between individual morals and state laws, obedience and disobedience, and understanding oneself.                Antigone s...   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Justice is Served in Antigone by Sophocles - In the play Antigone, Sophocles writing can be very controversial. He explains different perspectives of justice through the fates of the characters in the play. Creon and Antigone both would claim to have the law and Gods on their sides. They bring acceptable evidence for their reasoning to be true for their thought of the right way to carry out justice. Creon is certain that his ability to be king will justify leaving Polynices unburied. On the other hand Antigone sees justice as the ability to bury her brother....   [tags: conflict, burial, moral]
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Conformity and Rebellion in Antigone - ... Think what Creon will do!” (469). Ismene is telling Antigone that she is scared of burying Polynices behind Creon’s back, because if they get caught they will be punished greatly. Ismene and everybody else in Thebes are scared of Creon’s power and strength. However, in the same conversation because Antigone and Ismene, Antigone claims,” Creon is not strong enough to stand in my way” (469). The one thing that is keeping Antigone from accomplishing her goal is Creon’s impact on the people. Though, she says that Creon can’t stop her, Antigone is wrong because Creon has stopped her until the end of the story where he eventually decides to bury Polynices out of grief....   [tags: conflict, change, mistakes, rebel]
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Sophocles's Play Antigone - In the following paper, I plan to discuss the source of conflict between the title characters of Antigone and Creon in Sophocles "Antigone." I will also discuss how each character justifies his or her actions and what arguments they give for their justifications. Finally, I talk about who Sophocles believes is right as opposed to whom I believe is right. The main source of conflict between Antigone and Creon is the issue of the burial of Antigone's dead brother, Polyneices. Both of her brothers were killed in battle; however one brother fought against their home city and was considered a traitor....   [tags: source of conflict between title characters] 885 words
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Contrast Between Oedipus the King and Antigone by Sophocles - Contrast between Oedipus the King and Antigone Sophocles, a famous and renowned Greek dramatist, is the playwright to both the play Oedipus the King and Antigone. Along with Antigone and Oedipus Sophocles had also wrote Electra and Fete. Sophocles wrote many Greek tragedies which are plays in which the main character in the play suffers a tragedy due to some flaw of theirs. An example would be how Oedipus (thinking he is defying a prophecy) murders his father and weds his mother. His flaw was him trying to defy fate if he had not just stayed where he was he would’ve been fine....   [tags: flaw, conflict, tragedy]
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Kreon, Tragic Hero in Antigone - In the play, Antigone, by Sophocles, there is a character, King Kreon, who is portrayed as the tragic hero, or protagonist. A tragic hero is the main character with tragic flaw, or a defect that leads to their downfall and the character is usually of high status. King Kreon would be considered the protagonist because he is opposed by an antagonist and is the main character in the play, he has the tragic flaws of stubbornness and too much self-pride, and these flaws are struck with bad luck. King Kreon is the tragic hero in Antigone because he is the main character and he is opposed by an antagonist, Antigone, who disobeys Kreon’s decree to not bury Polynices’ body....   [tags: Tragic Heroes, Antigone, ]
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Antigone and Othello: Tragic Heroes - Othello and Antigone are both tragic heroes. They do great deeds and have great power or strength. For example, Othello defeats Venice's enemies. Antigone makes sure that a Theban right is a Theban due. But fatal character flaws destroy the lives of the two heroes. Both of them suffer from pride and uncontrolled passion. Othello is so proud of his integrity and courage that he doesn't recognize his violent temper and his manipulability by Iago. Antigone is so proud of her commitment to the true, the right, the proper, and the correct that she doesn't respect differing, less passionate opinions....   [tags: Antigone, Othello, tragedy, Heroes,] 971 words
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Religion vs. State in “Antigone" - The play “Antigone” is a tragedy by Sophocles. One main theme of the play is Religion vs. the state. This theme is seen throughout the play. Antigone is the supporter of religion and following the laws of the gods and the king of Thebes, Creon, is the state. In the play Creon has made it against the law to bury Antigone’s brother, something that goes against the laws of the gods, this is the cause of most conflict in the story. This struggle helps to develop the tragic form by giving the reader parts of the form through different characters....   [tags: Antigone, Religion, State, ] 829 words
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SOPHOCLES’S ANTIGONE: A FEMINIST REPRESENTATION - A woman who rebelled against a distinctively patriarchal, male-dominated Greek society. A woman who defied the orders of the King to follow her heart. A woman who acted in accordance with her sense of right and wrong. A woman with great reverence for relationships and an even greater allegiance towards family values. Such a woman deserves applause. A rebel. A legend. An example. A woman. Antigone. Sophocles’ Antigone has as its backdrop a very rigid and conservative Greek society and Greek culture when it was certainly against the norm of a typical ancient Greek woman to rebel against a male authority....   [tags: Antigone, Sophocles, feminism]
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Righteous Judgement in Antigone - At the beginning of the play, Antigone brought Ismene outside the city gates at night for a top secret meeting. Antigone wanted to bury her brother Polyneices' body because even though he died in dishonor he was her brother. Ismene refused to disobey the king which is also their Uncle Creon, and she failed to talk Antigone out of doing the act herself. "Consider, sister, how our father died,/hated and infamous; how he brought to light/his own offenses..Then, mother...did shame/violently on her life, with twisted cords....   [tags: Antigone, ] 936 words
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Sophocles' Antigone - Antigone and Creon, the Powerful Protagonists - The Two Protagonists of Antigone In the classic model of dramatic structure, two characters move the action of the play from introduction to climax to resolution with their conflict. One of these characters is the protagonist; the other is the antagonist. The protagonist is generally regarded as the "good guy," and the antagonist is the "bad guy." In Sophocles' play Antigone, the lines between protagonist and antagonist are blurred. In the Greek tradition, the title character is the protagonist, but in this play, the supposed antagonist Creon also displays characteristics of the protagonist....   [tags: Antigone essays]
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Civic Responsibility vs. Religious Duty in Antigone - In the play Antigone, Creon, king of Thebes faces a harsh conflict with himself, involving the values of family and religion verse the civic responsibility he must maintain for the city of Thebes that comes with being the new king. In theory no decision Creon makes is going to be the rite one. Although both Antigone and Creon have justified reasons for believing in there own laws only one can be upheld by the play and how Sophocles interoperates the play himself. Creon must decide whether to punish Antigone, a princess, daughter of king Oedipus, or fail at enforcing his own law and look weak in front of the citizens of Thebes as their new leader....   [tags: Civic Responsibility,. Religion, Antigone, ] 1123 words
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The Tragic Hero of Sophocles' Antigone - The Tragic Hero of Antigone In Sophocles' Antigone, the question of who the tragic hero actually is has been the subject of a debate for years.  It is unlikely for there to be two tragic characters in a Greek tragedy, and there can be only one in the play Antigone.  The king Creon possesses some of the qualities that constitute a tragic character, but does not have all of the necessary traits. Antigone, however, contains all of the aspects that are required for her to be the  main character.  According to Aristotle's Poetics, there are four major traits, which are required of the tragic character.  The character must be a good and upstanding person.  The character must focus on becoming a...   [tags: Antigone essays] 857 words
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Essay on Light and Dark in Antigone - Use of Light and Dark in Antigone   The "Golden Age" of Greece is noted for its many contributions to the creative world, especially in its development of the play. These performances strived to emphasize Greek morals, and were produced principally for this purpose. Antigone, by Sophocles, is typical. The moral focused on in Antigone is the conflict between physis (nature) and nomos (law), with physis ultimately presiding over nomos. Throughout Antigone, King Creon is a symbol for nomos, while Antigone stands on the side of physis....   [tags: Antigone essays] 1182 words
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Mythology In and Around Sophocles' Antigone -     How extensive and deep are the mythological roots in the Greek Sophoclean tragedy Antigone. Research indicates that both within the drama and around it there are numerous mythological influences. The use of mythological elements in Greek tragedy is very compatible with the Greeks’ sense of history surrounding a drama. Martin Heidegger in “The Ode on Man in Sophocles’ Antigone” comments on the Greek audience’s sense of history and a drama: Polis means, rather, the place, the there, wherein and as which historical being-there is....   [tags: Antigone essays]
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Sophocles' Antigone - Creon's Mistakes - Creon's Mistakes in Antigone In the awe-inspiring play of Antigone, Sophocles introduces two remarkable characters, Antigone and Creon. A conflict between these two obstinate characters leads to fatal consequences for themselves and their kindred. The firm stances of Creon and Antigone stem from two great imperatives: his loyalty to the state and her dedication to her family, her religion but most of all her conscience. The identity of the tragic hero of this play is still heavily debated....   [tags: Antigone essays] 699 words
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Antigone - The Tragic Flaw - Antigone - The Tragic Flaw                 Antigone, Sophocles’ classical Greek tragedy, presents tragic flaw as the cause of the destruction of Creon, the king of Thebes. This essay examines that flaw and the critical perspective on it.   Robert D. Murray, Jr. in “Thought and Structure in Sophoclean Tragedy” gives the perspective of the Greek audience, and thereby the reason why there has to be a tragic flaw in Sophoclean tragedy: “A Greek of the fifth century would, of course, have felt....   [tags: Antigone essays]
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Tragic Hero in Sophocles' Antigone - The Tragic Hero in Antigone Antigone is a Greek tragic piece that stresses the use of power and morality versus the law written by Sophocles. Both Antigone and Creon, the main characters in the play, could represent the tragic hero. A tragic hero is a character who is known for being dignified and has a flaw that assists to his or her downfall. In my opinion, Creon best qualifies for being the tragic hero and fitting the definition read in the previous sentence. The things he said, did, and the comments that were made by those around him show how a man with everything could lose it all due to his own behavior....   [tags: Antigone essays] 733 words
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Tyrant and Martyr in Sophocles' Antigone - Tyrant and Martyr in Antigone "The tyrant dies and his rule ends,the martyr dies and his rule begins."  Soren Kierkegaard  This quote applies to Sophocles’ play Antigone in many ways. The two lines can be used to describe the opposition of the two main characters in the play, Creon and Antigone. One is a king new to the throne who will not be ruling for long, and the other, a martyr whose strong convictions will live on even after her death. In the first line of his quote, Kierkegaard states that a tyrant’s reign dies with him....   [tags: Antigone essays] 753 words
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charant Characterization in Sophocles' Antigone - Antigone– Characterization              This essay will illustrate the types of characters depicted in Sophocles’ tragic drama, Antigone, whether static or dynamic, flat or round, and whether portrayed through the showing or telling technique.   Martin Heidegger in “The Ode on Man in Sophocles’ Antigone” explains, in a rather involved theory,  the destruction of Creon’s character:   The conflict between the overwhelming presence of the essent as a whole and man’s violent being-there creates the possibility of downfall into the issueless and placeless: disaster....   [tags: Antigone essays]
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Contradiction Between Morals in Sophocles' Antigone - Antigone: Contradiction Between Morals In Ancient Greece, new ideals surfaced as answers to life's complicated questions. These new beliefs were centered on the expanding field of science. Man was focused on more than the Gods or heavenly concerns. A government that was ruled by the people was suggested as opposed to a monarchy that had existed for many years. Freedom of religion was encouraged in city-states. These new ideals, though good in intentions, often conflicted with each other creating complex moral dilemmas....   [tags: Antigone essays] 1036 words
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True Tragic Hero in Sophocles' Antigone - The True Tragic Hero in Sophocles' Antigone In Master Sophocles' Antigone, the question of who the tragic hero really is has been a subject of debate for a great number years. Creon does possess some of the qualities that constitute a tragic hero but unfortunately does not completely fit into the role. Antigone, however, possesses all the aspects of a tragic hero. These are, in no particular order, having a high social position, not being overly good or bad, being tenacious in their actions, arousing pity in the audience, a revelatory manifestation, and having a single flaw that brings about their own demise and the demise of others around them....   [tags: Antigone essays] 1041 words
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God Versus Man in Sophocles' Antigone - God Versus Man in Antigone      Throughout Sophocles’ drama, Antigone, there are many themes that can be traced. One of the most predominant themes is god versus man, which appears not only in Antigone, but also in many of the classic Greek tragedies written in Sophocles’ time. Choragos: There is no happiness where there is no wisdom;   No wisdom but in submission to the gods.   Big words are always punished,   And proud men in old age learn to be wise.  (158) The quotation above serves as the moral for this tragedy, which includes an illustration of the theme as it was applied to the play.  In the drama, Antigone, the theme of the inner struggle between alleg...   [tags: Antigone essays]
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Structure in Sophocles' Antigone - Structure in Sophocles' Antigone               Aristotle in his Poetics (chap. 7) says: ?[L]et us now discuss the proper structure of the plot, since this is the first and most important thing in tragedy. (1033). M. H. Abrams says that ?almost all literary theorists since Aristotle have emphasized the importance of structure, conceived in diverse ways, in analyzing a work of literature. (300). The matter of the structure of Sophocles. Antigone is a subject of varying interpretation among literary critics, as this essay will reveal....   [tags: Antigone essays Sophocles Papers]
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Challenges to Male Authority in Sophocles’ play, Antigone - Challenges to Male Authority in Sophocles’ play, Antigone In the play Antigone by Sophocles, Creon and Antigone have distinct conflicting values. Antigone first demonstrates feminist logic when she chooses to challenge a powerful male establishment. This establishment is personified by her uncle Creon, who is newly crowned as the King of Thebes. Creon poses to be a major authority figure in a patriarchal society. Creon's regard for the laws of the city causes him to abandon all other beliefs....   [tags: Antigone Essays] 1137 words
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Sophocles' Antigone - Creon is Donig the Right Thing - Defending Creon: a monarch within his rights to rule In Antigone, especially with the feminist movement now holding the title character, as prototypical downtrodden woman, the king Creon is often villified. While accepting the fact that Creon has misogynist tendencies, the gender issues can cause the pure argument of validity of actions, to fall by the wayside. So supposing for a moment, that Antigone's rebellion had been undertaken by a male, would Creon's choices have been different. Did he choose such harsh punishment and intractable course because Antigone was a woman ....   [tags: Antigone essays] 1063 words
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Antigone: Divine Law Vs. Human Law - Antigone: Divine Law vs. Human Law Possibly the most prominent theme in Sophocles' "Antigone" is the concept of divine law vs. human law. In the story the two brothers, Eteocles and Polyneices have slain each other in battle. The new King Creon, who assumed the throne after Eteocles' death, decrees that because Polyneices committed treason against the king, he shall not be buried, but instead "He shall be left unburied for all to watch The corpse mutilated and eaten by carrion-birds and by dogs" (Sophocles)....   [tags: Sophocles Antigone] 908 words
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Antigone’s Judicial Hierarchy - Antigone’s Judicial Hierarchy In Antigone, one of the most renowned Greek tragedies, Sophocles constructs a conflict that questions the very definition of justice. Considering a play based almost entirely on the acts of a single individual in clear defiance of a king’s decree, questions of right and wrong necessarily persist. It is difficult, however, for one to understand justice in deciphering the opinions of the two conflicting parties, Creon and Antigone, as these two clearly have opposing biased perspectives....   [tags: Sophocles Antigone Papers]
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Antigone Deserves More Sympathy than Creon - Antigone Deserves More Sympathy than Creon      In the Antigone, unlike the Oedipus Tyrannus, paradoxically, the hero who is left in agony at the end of the play is not the title role. Instead King Creon, the newly appointed and tyrannical ruler, is left all alone in his empty palace with his wife's corpse in his hands, having just seen the suicide of his son. However, despite this pitiable fate for the character, his actions and behavior earlier in the play leave the final scene evoking more satisfaction than pity at his torment....   [tags: Antigone vs Creon]
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Morals and Laws in Sophocles' Antigone - Morals and Laws in Antigone                  A crucial question in Antigone is, "When someone makes a law that is known by the public to be morally wrong, should the public break his/her law. Or should they collaborate with that person by obeying. Antigone felt that the law (no one was supposed to bury her brother Polyneicies) should be broken so she took what she thought to be appropriate measures. This is called Civil Disobedience. Another question is "Is Civil Disobedience morally and ethically correct?" The Nazis say one thing, and the Vietnam war veterans say one thing....   [tags: Antigone essays] 530 words
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The Play Antigone, by Sophocles - If you were told not to do something, even if you knew it was the right thing to do, would you go ahead and do it anyway. The Play Antigone was written by the Greek author and playwright, Sophocles. The Story of Antigone takes place in Ancient Greece, about a young woman who has lost her both of her brothers, and is told by her King to not give her brother, Polyneices a proper burial. It is important to follow the laws of government, but sometimes, when you know that something is morally right, just like Antigone did, one must be able to make that decision, even if it goes against the law....   [tags: Antigone Essays] 756 words
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womenoed Essay on Sophocles' Antigone - Sisters - Sisters Two sisters destined to love each other, but conflict interrupts their paths. The first's journey is one of self-exploration and discovery; the other's of continual oppression and hardships. Ismene and Antigone are the troubled sisters whose decisions take them on different courses, but these same choices also brought them together. Even though their actions show differently, Antigone and Ismene's morals and philosophies show that they are true sisters at heart. Antigone shows the attribute of boldness....   [tags: Antigone essays] 639 words
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Antigone by Sophocles - "I would not count any enemy of my country as a friend." In the play Antigone, written by Sophocles, Antigone finds herself torn apart between divine law and state law. The play opens up at the end of a war between Eteocles and Polyneices, sons of Oedipus and brothers of Antigone and Ismene. These brothers, fighting for control of Thebes, kill each other, making Creon king of Thebes. Creon, as king, gives an important speech to the citizens of Thebes, announcing that Eteocles, who defended Thebes, will receive a proper burial, unlike his brother Polyneices, who brought a foreign army against Thebes....   [tags: Antigone Sophocles Greek Play] 863 words
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Antigone – Strong and Powerful or Spoiled and Stubborn? - Antigone – Strong and Powerful or Spoiled and Stubborn. Of the tragic figures in Antigone, Creon is the most obviously evil because his motives are self-serving and his fate the worst. As the play begins, we learn that Antigone has defied Creon's royal decree by performing sacred burial rites for her exiled brother, Polyneices. Polyneices has been declared an enemy of the state by Creon. The sentence for anyone attempting to bury him is death by stoning. Creon has become King of Thebes by default, as a result of Oedipus' fate as previously predicted by the Oracle at Delphi: Oedipus murders his father and unknowingly marries his mother....   [tags: Antigone Essays]
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Integrity in Jean Anouilh’s Antigone - Integrity in Jean Anouilh’s Antigone   The distinctions between young and old, naïve and wise are very clear. There is a fiery passion for life often embedded in the young, and a sense of bittersweet reflection set in the aged. The age gap between the two is often a cause for conflict. The young want to hurry up and live only to eventually die; the old want to slow down their rate of living and postpone death. With such divergent circumstances, conflicts are almost impossible to avoid. The question of how one can grow old while keeping youthful idealism and integrity seems to be the source of most conflicts....   [tags: Antigone essays] 2403 words
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Wings of Desire and Antigone: Conflicts and Opposites - Annotated Bibliography MacKay, L.A. "Antigone, Coriolanus and Hegel." Transactions and Proceedings of the American Philological Association 93 (1962): 166-174. Web. 19 Mar 2012. JSTOR <http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/283759?uid=2&uid=4&sid=47698786493307> The author, LA MacKay through this article has provided a comprehensive insight into the themes of revolt and conflict illustrated through the characters and sentiments of the play, Antigone and therefore proves to be a valuable resource for the study of the same....   [tags: Film]
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Antigone - Antigone, a story of broken family ties and conflicting motivations, can be twisted to tell two entirely different stories, and this is what happed when Anouilh rewrote Sophocles' classic. While both Sophocles and Anouilh told the story of Antigone, through subtle changes in the style of the drama, each author was able to produce a product that told a significantly different and intimate tale conducive to their personal or political situation at that time. Structure is one of the various components of the two versions of Antigone that set the pieces apart with just slight alterations....   [tags: Social Issues, Family Ties, Conflicts] 1241 words
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Antigone and Tragedy Archetypes and Art - Antigone as a heroic and tragic archetype must internally struggle with individuality and morality versus established rule and law and she can be seen as externally fighting between her sister as an outward display of her internal conflict. Antigone then is a unique archetype as a heroine and her power and powerlessness are defining to her as a woman in politics. Her sister, Ismene is portrayed as much weaker and can be said to be metaphorical in that individual morality is weak as compared to established law and Ismene is the personification of morality in a legal-rational world, according to the emerging Hellenistic establishment....   [tags: heroine, power, morality, struggle]
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The Oedipus Complex, Antigone and Electra - Introduction It is a well-known fact that theatre as well as society in Ancient Greece was extremely male-dominated. The female population wasn’t assumably even allowed to attend theatre performances let alone perform on stage. However, still some of the strongest and most unforgettable characters in Greek tragedy were female, perhaps the most feisty and passionate of all being Sophocles’ Antigone. Antigone, one of the best known Greek Tragedies, is filled with strong-willed women. The play is built around the conflict between King Creon and Antigone, who breaks the law by burying her brother Polynices....   [tags: women, ancient greece, gender]
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Contrast of Beliefs in Sophocles´ Antigone - ... I am not afraid of pollution: No man can defile the gods" (850). In this quote, Creon is putting his law above the gods’ law. But, Antigone says, “It was not God's proclamation. That final Justice that rules the world below makes no such laws. Your edict, King, was strong, But all your strength is weakness itself against the immortal unrecorded laws of God. They are not merely now; they were, and shall be, Operative forever, beyond man utterly” (827). In this quote, Antigone is challenging Creon’s word saying the laws are only to be by the gods....   [tags: laws, burial, personalities, brave] 756 words
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A Comparison of Conflicts in Antigone and Lysistrata - Conflicts in Antigone and Lysistrata   In Antigone and Lysistrata the tension between the polis and oikos is reflected in different ways. Antigone prioritizes oikos over polis, while Creon prioritizes polis over oikos. The men in Lysistrata favor fighting for the state over being at home while the women want their husbands with them instead of being at the war. We find ample evidence of different conflicts and similarities in both plays, but the male's prioritizing polis over oikos and the female's prioritizing oikos over polis causes the central tension in Antigone and Lysistrata....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 1330 words
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The Tragic Heros in Sophocles' Antigone - In Sophocles' Antigone, the question of whom the real tragic hero comes into play. Antigone possesses all the aspects of a tragic hero. Creon possesses many qualities of a tragic hero, but doesn’t totally fit in the role. These traits include: not being overly “wholesome or corrupt”, being persistent in their actions, developing pity in the audience or reader- especially in the beginning of the story, and having a major flaw that is their ultimate downfall. Antigone possesses all of these traits therefore qualifying as the tragic hero....   [tags: immoral, heroine, death]
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Sophocles' Antigone – Comparing the Symbolic Alignment Utilized by Creon and President George Bush - Sophocles' Antigone – Comparing the Symbolic Alignment Utilized by Creon and President George Bush ... he who has not first laid his foundations may be able with great ability to lay them afterwards, but they will be laid with trouble to the architect and danger to the building. - The Prince by Machiavelli Sophocles addresses this very problem in his play Antigone by the methods Creon uses to rule Thebes. Creon begins ruling Thebes in a very difficult time and circumstance. The polis has been embroiled in tragedy for over a generation....   [tags: Antigone Essays] 1019 words
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Family Vs. Country in Antigone - Antigone and Creon are the main and most opinionated actors in the play Antigone. They are both passionate about their beliefs and values. Being stubborn plays a key role in the conflict because they don’t try to come to an agreement nor see eye to eye. Although they have opposite opinions, a compromise is still possible because they both value the gods very strongly. They are also firm believers of loyalty and loyal to their beliefs. Antigone thought Polynices should have the respectful burial that he deserves because that it something one needs to be with the gods....   [tags: beliefs, values, stubborn, loyalty, compromise]
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Analyzing Antigone and Creon - Sophocles play titled Antigone, embellishes the opposing conflicts between Antigone who stands for the values of family, and Creon who stands for the values of state. Sophocles explores the depths of Antigone’s morality and the duty based on consequence throughout the play, as well as the practical consequences of Creon who is passionate and close-minded. Although Antigone’s moral decisions appear to be more logical and favorable than Creon’s, a personal argument would be that both characters’ decisions in society can be equally justified....   [tags: Theatre]
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Justice and Social Order in Antigone - Glorified overeating. Two words that together create the ultimate oxymoron, in a society obsessed with body image. Adam Richman, the host of the popular television program Man v. Food, is showing his viewers the sport in eating. Each episode this attractive and far from obese man eats a humanly impossible quantity of food. The feat quickly escalates into a spectacle, with chanting fans and opponents salted and deep-fried. The spectacle of overeating has been transformed into a sport and one celebrated by the media....   [tags: Greek Life, Epidemic] 1278 words
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Creon's Role in Antigone - Creon in the play of Antigone by Sophocles plays a major role within the play. Antigone also plays an important role, as these two character’s conflicting views led to utter disaster, which highlights Creon as a tragic figure. Within the play Creon attempted to establish decisions for the common good; however, his decisions resulted in tragedy. Creon highlighted as the tragic figure, initially created decisions he thought was for the welfare and well-being of Thebes; however, Antigone, who rebelled against Creon’s decisions, caused Creon’s rage to cloud his rational way of thinking....   [tags: Creon as tragic figure] 435 words
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The Family Tragedy: Antigone - A tragedy is defined as a dramatic composition, often in verse, dealing with a serious or somber theme, typically that of a great person destined through a flaw of character or conflict with some overpowering force, as fate or society, to downfall or destruction. The play Antigone by Sophocles displays many qualities that prove to form into the epitome of a tragedy. Tragedy is usually marked with a person of great standing—in this case, a King—who falls because of hubris, or extreme pride. Antigone proves to live up to both of these definitions which is proven through its themes....   [tags: Sophocles, story analysis]
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Antigone - As the tragedy concludes, the chorus issues its final words: "Pray for no more at all. For what is destined for us, men mortal, there is no escape," demonstrating how justice remains impartial to the prejudice of men; those who make imprudent judgments will ultimately suffer from the consequences of their actions. In Sophocles' Antigone, these prejudices notably surface in the form of paternalism as demonstrated through Creon's government, highlighting the importance of gender roles throughout the play....   [tags: Theatre] 1416 words
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Antigone - Full of drama and tragedy, Antigone can be used to relate to current conflicts. One such conflict is that between Haemon and his father Creon. Haemon looks up to Creon with honor and pride, but as conflict arises, that relation is disassociated and new feelings grow. The first conversation between them is what initiates the downfall of their bond. While it seems that Creon is the most important person in Haemon’s life, Antigone is in fact the one that has won Haemon over. Antigone, written by the Athenian Sophocles, is about a woman named Antigone who lives in a city named Thebes....   [tags: Theatre, Sophocles]
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Antigone and Hobson's Choice - ... He sees her impudence as treason and states “If you must show them friendship, go and do so down below. But while I live a woman shall not rule” (Sophocles 41). His sentence for Antigone’s death goes beyond her breaking the law, it was meant to solidify his position as ruler and demonstrate what will happen to lawbreakers. He felt his job was to restore order and reinforce the importance of law. If he had let Antigone free, he believed his city would support her and follow her disregard for state law....   [tags: Sophocles, Harold Brighouse, comparison] 845 words
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Actions, Characters and Hubris in Sophocles Antigone - Antigone is the daughter of Oedipus. Antigone lives in a village named Thebes. The play Antigone displays Sophocles dramatic skills. Sophocles is a famous Greek writer who defines the golden age of classical Greek drama in the fifth century B.C. In the prologue of Antigone, Antigone pleads with her sister for her life. Antigone asks for Ismene’s help to bury their brother Polyneices (“Antigone”). After Oedipus dies Polyneices and Eteocles is supposed to share the throne. Eteocles never let Polyneices on the throne....   [tags: Literacy Analysis ]
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Antigone or Creon as the Tragic Hero in Antigone - A tragic hero is a character in a play that is known for being dignified but has a flaw that assists in his or her downfall. Antigone is a Greek tragic piece written by Sophocles. In the theatrical production the use of power and morality versus law is evident. The promotion to the conflict was that Creon created a law in which enabled Polynieces, Antigone’s brother, to be buried in the proper way. As it is the way of the gods Antigone found it fit to bury her brother causing her to disobey the law of Thebes....   [tags: essays research papers] 750 words
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The Themes of Antigone - The Themes of Antigone Antigone is credited as one of the best works of Sophocles, ranked by most modern critics above Oedipus the King. There are many aspects of Antigone that make it the play critics love to ramble about. “Antigone must be received as the canon of ancient tragedy: no tragedy of antiquity that we possess approaches it in pure idealism, or in harmony of artistic development” says one critic named Berhardy. Tragedy is usually concerned with a person of great stature, a king or nobleman, who falls because of hubris, or extreme pride and Antigone is no exception....   [tags: essays research papers] 709 words
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Antigone: An Interpretive Analysis on Conflicting Authority - Antigone: An interpretive analysis on conflicting authority Unlike poetic forms of literature, which do not require a conflict or a resolution in order to work, drama requires both elements in order to be successful. In Sophocles’ famous play, Antigone, it was conflict that drove the story along and it was the resounding resolution that left audiences with a gratifying feeling that hasn’t faltered for centuries. While the roles of both elements are indisputably important to the success of any play, however, there is still much disagreement among literary critics concerning the central conflict of Antigone....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Antigone's Character - Steeped in family drama, death, politics, and religion, Sophocles’ Antigone is a complex tragedy to say the least. The basic plot of the tragedy is the conflict between Antigone’s family principles and religious tradition and Creon’s embodiment of state and its authority (Scodel). It is on of three tragedies written by Sophocles that chronicle the life of Oedipus. It was written before Oedipus the King, but is a culmination of the events that occurred after Oedipus’ death (Norton 610). Antigone’s brothers, Eteocles and Polynices had battled over the throne of Thebes, resulting in the death of both (Lawall)....   [tags: Greek tragedy, Sophocles]
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Antigone Conflicts - Conflicts in Antigone There were three basic conflicts that caused Antigone and Creon to clash as violently as they did. First, was the conflict of the individual versus the state, in which Antigone represented the individual and Creon the king, the state. The second conflict can be described as following ones conscience and ideals versus following the law strictly. In this conflict Antigone makes decisions based on her conscience and ideals while Creon is the strict law abiding king. Finally, the main and most important discord, which is similar to the second conflict, is the debate of moral and divine law versus human law....   [tags: essays research papers] 854 words
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Antigone vs. Creon - In the Greek play Antigone writer Sophocles illustrates the clash between the story’s main character Antigone and her powerful uncle, Creon. King Creon of Thebes is an ignorant and oppressive ruler. In the text, there is a prevailing theme of rules and order in which Antigone’s standards of divine justice conflict with Creon’s will as the king. Antigone was not wrong in disobeying Creon, because he was evil and tyrannical. The authors of “Antigone: Kinship, Justice, and the Polis,” and “Assumptions and the Creation of Meaning: Reading Sophocles’ Antigone.” agree with the notion that Antigone performs the role of woman and warrior at once....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Justice in Antigone and A Doll’s House - Before comparing these two pieces of works, the definition of justice is needed to address the question as fully as possible. Justice is a concept which involves fair and ethical treatment for everyone. It is usually seen as the continued effort to do what is right. In most cases this is done by making use of logic. This is the premise which is going to be used for justice when comparing the two works. Sophocles’ Antigone differs largely from Ibsen’s A Doll’s House since they were written in different centuries and different cultures, but at the same time both works share similarities....   [tags: Sophocles, ibsen, literature, plays, compare, cont]
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Antigone by Sophocles and Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, Compare and Contrast Essay - ... This quote directly refers to the topic sentence because it shows what Antigone went through to do what was best for her brother, not for herself. In a related play Julius Caesar, Brutus tell the Romans why he had to murder Caesar, “If then that friend demand why Brutus rose against Caesar, this is my answer: Not that I loved Caesar less, but I loved Rome more (20- 22).” Brutus attempts to persuade the citizens that he only killed Caesar for the good of Rome. This quote shows Brutus aiming to do what is best for Rome by killing Caesar....   [tags: greek, conflicts and relationships] 740 words
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Antigone by Sophocles - Antigone by Sophocles In the play Antigone by Sophocles one can find the conflict between Antigone and her uncle, Creon. The cinflict comes into play when her brother Polynices is killed in a battle and is prohibited from being buried. Creon refuses to make an exeption to the law on the ground of it being family. The conflict goes back and forth from Antigone and Creon. This conflict is the meaning of the entire play. First it all starts off when Antigone’s brother, Polynices, goes to fight with the kingdom of Argos....   [tags: Papers] 333 words
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Antigone by Sophocles - The play Antigone by Sophocles shows a conflict between the King Creon and Antigone. This conflict eventually leads to the destruction of the house of Creon. Upon closer analysis, it is obvious that Creon caused this to happen himself. There is an old saying that power corrupts and Creon has fallen victim to power. In the opening of the play, we learn that Creon has been proclaimed king. We expect Creon to be the same rational man as we saw him to be in Oedipus the King who stood up for justice and defended the right deeds....   [tags: essays research papers] 1009 words
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Similarities between Creon and ANtigone - Similarities between Creon and Antigone In Sophocles’ play Antigone, Creon was engaged in a conflict with Oedipus’ daughter Antigone. Creon and Antigone did not see eye-to-eye the entire play due to extreme differences. Creon and Antigone had many similarities despite their enormous discrepancies. Having as many differences as they did, it made them uniquely similar in numerous ways. The similarities that Antigone and Creon shared were independence, loyalty toward their views, cruelty and arrogance (“The Similarities”)....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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A Man Defeated By His Flaws in Sophocles’ play, “Antigone” - ... Heroes in historic Greece, for the most part were left only for men to achieve. Men fought battles for their country, their families and for wealth. Women, however, were thought to be “heroes” if they were obedient to their husbands, loyal to their families and live a quiet and noncontroversial life. Antigone’s rebellion and Creon’s insistence to punish her by death to protect his reputation as a ruler and enforcer of government law, will be the third and most cited theme of the play. The danger of self-destructive pride is shared by both characters and leads them to a tragic end....   [tags: authority, pride, women] 987 words
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What is Justice: Humanism v. Law in Antigone - Humanity is often faced with ambivalence towards law; at once, we find it a necessity in attempting to deal with a world which is constantly in some type of chaotic turmoil, and also as a glaring flaw in our society, which can at times result in more chaos than was originally had. This conflict is no more obvious than in Sophocles’ Antigone. Antigone, the character, represents half of the struggle between what the law says is just and what we inherently deem to be morally upstanding – Creon represents the opposing side which views law and power as the ultimate dictator of life’s unraveling....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Blood Bonds, Antigone, and The Eumenides - Blood Bonds, Antigone, and The Eumenides Every human on this earth has a bond to another. These bonds, as well as their significance, differ between people. This paper will focus on the bonds of marriage and blood, and their role in the plays Antigone and The Eumenides. How do they relate to each other. Is one more important than the other. How does the divine and mortal world interpret these. Through a review of the two plays and a comparison of their presentation of the bonds of blood and marriage, this paper will answer these questions....   [tags: Papers] 866 words
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The Tragic Hero in Sophocles' Antigone - The Tragic Hero in Sophocles' Antigone In various literary works, the conflict between the antagonist and protagonist holds great significance towards the literary works' main idea. In Sophocles' Greek tragedy, Antigone, both roles greatly impact the base, moral, idea, and conflict of the play. It is crucial to place a consideration of the time this Greek play was written because of the style of the context. During this period of time called the golden age, the style of writing for great playwrights such as Sophocles was of or related to tragedy....   [tags: Papers] 1112 words
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Antigone by Philip Harsh - Antigone by Philip Harsh In “Antigone” by Philip Harsh, the play Antigone by Sophocles is critisized. Many argue about the originality of the play. Scholars believe that a large portion of the play was made up by Sophocles instead of being reffered to the orginal epic. Characters such as Tiresies and Ismene are only found in Sophocles’s version. The role of Haemon is the most significant in relation to the changes made by Sophocles. When one refers to the epic one will find that this character dies prior to the death of Oedipus Rex....   [tags: Papers] 385 words
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Antigone - Antigone2 Antigone herself represents the highest ideals of human life -- courage and respect for the gods. In the mythical story "Antigone", Antigone first demonstrates feminist logic when she chooses to challenge a powerful male establishment. This establishment is personified by her uncle Creon, who is newly crowned as the King of Thebes, and it is usually challenged by whole city-state. She believed that the law of the gods (to give proper burial rights to every dead body) was more important than the law of the King....   [tags: essays papers] 864 words
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Antigone - The opening events of the play Antigone, written by Sophocles, quickly establish the central conflict between Antigone and Creon. Creon has decreed that the traitor Polynices, who tried to burn down the temple of gods in Thebes, must not be given proper burial. Antigone is the only one who will speak against this decree and insists on the sacredness of family and a symbolic burial for her brother. Whereas Antigone sees no validity in a law that disregards the duty family members owe one another, Creon's point of view is exactly opposite....   [tags: essays research papers] 1762 words
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