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Antigone - Antigone This Sophocles tragedy seemed to touch many readers. This tragedy has made many people in present and antiquity rethink their purpose in life. This story also intended to raise many questions. One question that I will discus is what means more to you, social acceptance or staying true to your beliefs. This classic tragedy that I am referring to is called Antigone. This fascinating story touches many subject of social and religious matter. I will discuss the tragic turmoil of Antigone, her surrounding family, and the social and religious dilemma that Antigone faces that will ultimately decide her fate....   [tags: Sophocles Antigone Tragedy Review Analysis] 1323 words
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Sophocles' Antigone - Creon and Antigone - Creon and Antigone Antigone  Sophocles  When a dictator dies, his image and fame dies with him, but when a self-sacrificing individual dies, their legacy begins.  This statement is true because oppressed citizens do not fondly mention a mean ruler, such as Creon from Antigone, after he passes away.  Yet a martyr, such as Antigone, also from the story Antigone, is remembered for her self-sacrificing deeds.  Creon will not be remembered because he did not allow Antigone to bury her dead brother Polynices, and decides to execute Antigone for trying while Antigone’s legacy will live on because she has the courage to defy Creon, and chooses to sacrifice herself for Polynices' honor....   [tags: Antigone essays] 815 words
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Sophocles' Antigone - Sophocles and Antigone - Sophocles and Antigone Sophocles is an ancient Greek writer and philosopher, who wrote one of the greatest stories of all time Antigone.  Sophocles is also said to be one of the greatest minds in the ancient world. This paper talks about Antigone, achievements and times of Sophocles.       Sophocles was born about 496 BC at Colonus in Attica, near Athens and died 406 BC.  He lived in the most brilliant intellectual period of Athens.  Sophillus, his father, was a wealth Athenian citizen and gave him a sound education in music, gymnastics, and dancing.  He was well known as having a reputation for learning and esthetic taste.  He was well versed in Homer and the Greek lyric poets, and because of his industriousness he was known as the “Attic Bee” (Rexine 132).  “Do to his youthful beauty, he was chosen to lead the chorus in the Paen of Thanksgiving for the naval victory at Salamis in 480 BC.” (Rexine 132)       In Sophocles’ long life he several times held public office, partly do to his fame as a dramatist and his gentle qualities as a man.  “In 440 BC he was appointed one of the generals in the war which Pericles led against Samos, and in 413 BC.” (Magill, Kohler p# 1023)  He was also one of the ten commissioners appointed after the failure of the expedition to Sicily, to govern Athens.  Pericles once said to him “you know how to write poetry, but you certainly don’t know how to command an army” (Internet)       Sophocles first won first prize, in a competition with Aeschylus, on 468 BC at the age of twenty-eight.  During his career he never won less than second prize and gained first prize twenty times, more than any other Greek tragedian.  Sophocles wrote more than 120 tragedies, only a mear seven have survived.  “Plutarch tells us that there were three periods in Sophocles’s literary development: imitation of the grand style of Aeschylus, use of artificial and incisive style, and use of the best style and that which is most expressive of character.  It is only from the third period we have examples of.”  (Rexine p#134)       The seven tragedies that survive are Ajax 447 BC, Antigone 442/441 BC, Oedipus at Colonus 401 BC, Tracheniae 437-432 BC, Oedipus Rex 429 BC, Electra 418-414 BC.  Aristotle considered Oedipus Rex as a perfect tragedy....   [tags: Antigone essays] 1446 words
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Antigone, the Real Tragic Hero in Sophocles' Antigone - Antigone is a great Greek tragedy by Sophocles. The story is about a young woman who has buried her brother by breaking king’s decree, and now she is punished for obeying God’s law. There are many arguments about who is the tragic hero in Sophocles’ Antigone. Some believe that it is Creon because he also has the characteristics of a tragic hero. Others believe that it is Antigone because the play bears her name. Antigone is the perfect hero, to exemplify the meaning of a tragic hero. In order to determine whether Antigone is the tragic hero, one will have to answer the question, what is a tragic hero....   [tags: Antigone]
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The Tragic Downfalls of Creon and Antigone in Sophocles' Antigone - The hubris resonating throughout the play, ‘Antigone’ is seen in the characters of Creon and Antigone. Their pride causes them to act impulsively, resulting in their individual downfalls. In his opening speech, Creon makes his motives clear, that “no man who is his country’s enemy shall call himself my friend.” This part of his declaration was kept to the letter, as he refused burial for his nephew, Polynices. However, when the situation arises where it is crucial that Creon takes advice, he neglects the part of the speech where he says “a king......   [tags: antigone] 712 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: Antigone, ] 468 words
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Antigone: Worthy of Being Admirable - Antigone is an admirable character in some aspects through out the play. Her pride basically serves as a building block to her being admirable. Certain examples through out the play prove this to be true ,but in some instances the end result is negative. A big example of this was her willingness to bury her brother accepting any consequences. To Antigone the Gods are more important than any subject ,and Creon seems to think that he is at their level of standing just because he is king....   [tags: Antigone] 300 words
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Sophocles' Antigone - Thebian play of Antigone has excited many debates over the years. The most prevalent being who exactly could be characterized as the tragic hero in the story. The argument that Antigone is the hero is deffinatly a strong one. There are many critics who believe that Creon, however, is the true protagonist of the play. In order to determine whether or not Creon is the tragic hero one must first examine what a tragic hero is. Aristotle states that a hero is neither purely innocent nor purely malevolent....   [tags: Sophocles Antigone] 919 words
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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 as Bad Citizen - Antigone – The Bad Citizen Being a good citizen often involves doing something out of the ordinary to help others. Sometimes, that involves going against the will of others to do what the good citizen might think is best. Although this is traditionally the case, the biggest factor in being a good citizen is great respect for the nation in which one lives. If one wants to be a good citizen, he or she might go out of his or her way to help others, however, must do so within the rules of the nation....   [tags: Antigone essays] 453 words
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Tragic Flaws in Antigone - One of the greatest Greek plays is Antigone. Antigone is a tragic Sophoclean play, which portray two great examples for a tragic hero. I believe Creon and Antigone, the main characters of the play to be tragic heroes. A tragic hero is a character who is known for being dignified and has a flaw that assists to his or her downfall. Both Creon and Antigone are dignified and flawed in their own ways, having a similar tragic flaw. Antigone is very proud, liker her father Oedipus, who also happens to be a tragic hero; I guess it runs in the family....   [tags: Antigone, ] 620 words
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Sophocles' Antigone - Sophocles' Antigone 1. - Clearly define by specific traits the character of Antigone and Creon. After her mother committed suicide, her father died and her brothers fought until they killed each other, Antigone projects her strong character with interesting ways of showing it. As the main character with strong values and a stubborn way, she follows the laws of god, without minding the consequences. Antigone is a strong willed woman who wins the respect of the audience by the inner strength and resistance of manipulation she has, showing the potential of human kind....   [tags: Sophocles Antigone] 1173 words
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charant Characterization of Antigone in Sophocles' Antigone - Antigone– The Characterization              Sophocles’ tragic drama, Antigone, presents to the reader a full range of characters: static and dynamic, flat and round; they are portrayed mostly through the showing technique.   In “Sophocles’ Praise of Man and the Conflicts of the Antigone,” Charles Paul Segal takes the stand that there are two protagonists in the drama (which conflicts with this reader’s interpretation):   This is not to say that there are not conceptual issues involved in the characters of Creon and Antigone....   [tags: Antigone essays]
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Sophocles' Antigone - The Stubborn Antigone and Creon - The Tragic Duo of Antigone and Kreon In the play Antigone, both Antigone and Kreon could be considered tragic heros. A tragic hero, defined by A Dictionary of Literary, Dramatic and Cinematic Terms, is someone who suffers due to a tragic flaw, or hamartia. This Greek word is variously translated as "tragic flaw" or "error" or "weakness". Kreon's hamartia, like in many plays, is hybris - Greek for overweening pride, arrogance, or excessive confidence. Kreon's hybris causes him to attempt to violate the laws of order or human rights, another main part of a tragic hero....   [tags: Antigone essays] 881 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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Sophocles' Antigone - Being a part of a family forces one to have responsibilities and duties that are needed to be fulfilled. In Sophocles’ Greek tragedy, Antigone, Antigone has the responsibility of being loyal to her brother, Polynices. Her intuition and strong will discourages her from listening to the power of the state and to disobey some of her family to respect another part of her family. Her devotion leads to the destruction of Creon and herself, but her role as a part of her family does not stand in her determination to do what she believes to be right....   [tags: Sophocles Antigone Greek Tragedy] 1342 words
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The Character of Antigone - The Character of Antigone Antigone, the character for which the play was named, is a very complex character. She seems to change directions all throughout the play and there is never one point in which you know exactly what she will do because she is just that unpredictable. This unpredictability also makes her seem very hypocritical because she will say something and then turn on a dime and say the complete opposite. Antigone’s character is very intriguing strictly due to the fact that she keeps you guessing....   [tags: Antigone Plays Essays] 533 words
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Sophocles' Antigone - Creon and Antigone are Two of a Kind - Creon and Antigone – Two of a Kind A popular message of the media these days is that underneath the surface, despite our external differences, we're all really quite similar.  Whether or not that is a universal truth, it certainly applies to Creon and Antigone, the main characters Sophocles' tragedy Antigone.  They appear different outwardly but are two of a kind in personality.  Throughout Antigone, they are in almost constant contention with each other.  They are on opposite sides of an argument, and they lash out at each other unrelentingly.  But, despite their obvious difference, Creon and Antigone are far more alike than they seem at first glance....   [tags: Antigone essays] 639 words
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Creon and Antigone as Tragic Heroes in Sophocles' Antigone - Creon and Antigone as Tragic Heroes Creon and Antigone, main characters in the Greek tragedy Antigone by Sophocles share some of the same characteristics that make up a tragic hero, but to varying degrees. Antigone, daughter of her mother/grandmother, Jocasta, and father, Oedipus is head strong, proud, and stubborn. She had three siblings, Ismene her sister, and two brothers Eteocles and Polyneices who found there deaths at the end of each others sword in battle over which would become king of Thebes....   [tags: Antigone essays] 560 words
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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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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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charant Sophocles' Antigone Essays: The Character of Antigone - Antigone    In the story of Antigone, two very headstrong people's beliefs are matched up against each other. Creon, the king, made it law that no traitor to the Kingdom shall have a proper burial, instead they will be left laying on the ground to rot and to be eaten by the animals. This was the case of Antigone's brother, Polyneices. Antigone's love for her brother was so great that she went against the law, even though she knew Creon's punishment for breaking the law was public stoning, which ultimately resulted in death....   [tags: Antigone essays] 865 words
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The Tragic Hero of Antigone - Everyone agrees that Oedipus is the quintessential Greek tragic hero. In fact, Aristotle had Oedipus specifically in mind when he first set down the requirements for tragedy in his Poetics. However, in other Greek tragedies, the tragic hero isn’t always so easy to identify. For example, in the play Antigone, the reader may have some difficulty deciding who the tragic hero is. Nevertheless, a careful examination of the facts reveals that Antigone is the true tragic heroine because she’s brave, flawed, and noble....   [tags: heroes, Antigone, ] 869 words
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Sophocles' Antigone - Antigone Must Challenge Creon - Antigone Must Challenge Creon in Antigone   In his "Funeral Oration" Pericles, Athens's leader in their war with other city-states, rallies the patriotism of his people by reminding them of the things they value. He encourages a sense of duty to Athens even to the point of self-sacrifice. He glorifies the free and democratic Athenian way of life and extravagantly praises those willing to die for it. In Antigone, Creon, Thebes's leader in their recent civil war, also must rally the patriotism of his people....   [tags: Antigone essays] 881 words
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Ismene And Haimon of Sophocles' Antigone - Antigone Ismene And Haimon Antigone, the character, is a tragic hero because we care about her. Ismene and Haimon help us care about Antigone by making her feel worthy of loving. And with out this her plan to bury her brother seems irrelevant to the reader because we can care less about her. Ismene, although weak and timid, is in the story to illustrate that Antigone is capable of being loved. "We are only women, We cannot fight with men, Antigone" (Sophocles 881). Another reason Ismene is incorporated to Antigone is to show exactly strong-willed Antigone is....   [tags: Antigone essays] 610 words
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The Tragedy of Sophocles' Antigone - The Tragedy of Antigone In the story of Antigone, Oedipus has already died, his two sons. Polyneices and Eteocles, left to contend for the throne of Thebes. In their contention for the throne, the two brothers slay one another, leaving Creon once again to be the acting regent of Thebes. With this power, Creon declares that Polyneices must be left to rot on the battlefield, the highest disgrace to any Greek. Antigone, daughter of Oedipus, is left torn between state of family, and in the end, chooses family over state....   [tags: Antigone essays] 963 words
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Sophocles Greek Tragedy, Antigone - It has been said that love conquers all. Love is a major issue in Sophocles Greek Tragedy, Antigone. Antigone’s family is full of incest and betrayal. People say that Antigone, and her sister Ismene have been cursed because of their family’s bad decisions and horrible luck. Love in Antigone’s case did conquer all, but do the tragedy of deaths. Antigone’s love for her deceased brother eventually caused her own death. Antigone’s death went on to cause Haimon’s death, which ultimately caused the death of Haimon’s mother, Eurydice in due time....   [tags: Sophocles Antigone] 473 words
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Antigone: A Tragic Heroine's Characteristics - In Antigone, The likelihood off it being two Tragic hero characters is unlikely in Greek tragedy, and there is only one in the play Antigone. The king Creon has several of the qualities that constitute a tragic character, but does not have all of the necessary necessities. Antigone, although she is a woman, contains all of the aspects that are required for her to be the main character and a feminine heroine which is seldom seen however there are certain traits, in which are required of a tragic character found in her role....   [tags: Antigone, characters, ] 700 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 better person, must be believable, and must be consistent in his or her behavior....   [tags: Antigone essays] 857 words
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Antigone – The First Feminist - Antigone – The First Feminist How old is feminism, and who was the first feminist. Although no one can say for sure the exact date on which the feminist movement started, most of it is attributed to the past two centuries. However, women who are feminists have been around much longer. In Sophocles’s Antigone, the main character (Antigone) acts as a protofeminist by defying the authority of a patriarchal society and taking action according to what she believes is right in her heart. She even shows some characteristics of a modern feminist....   [tags: Antigone Essays]
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The Tragic Figures in Sophocles' Antigone - Tragic Figures in Antigone      A good working definition of a tragic figure, in the Greek mythological sense, would be a person who, through a character flaw, is brought lower than that flaw would merit. The person with the flaw is usually royal, or at least noble. Greek tragedies were not written about common people.   Antigone may be a tragic figure in the modern, common sense of the word; that is, she was someone who has something bad happen to her. "Oh," someone might say when they discover Antigone's fate, "how tragic." Nevertheless, they do not mean that Antigone is tragic in the classical Greek sense; rather they just mean that Antigone got a bad lot that she didn't deserve....   [tags: Antigone essays]
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moralant Morality in Sophocles' Antigone - Antigone: The Obedience of One's Morality According to the Bible, after Jesus was arrested by religious leaders, the apostles, his closest followers, fled his side. The apostle Peter was later recognized as one of Jesus' companions by the people who helped arrest him. Peter, however, denied even knowing Jesus three times. Peter believed that, should he remain faithful, he would be granted eternal life by God, and he knew that denying Jesus was a grave sin. However, his fear of his accusers caused him to err, and to stray from what he believed to be right....   [tags: Antigone essays] 759 words
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Essay on Sophocles' Antigone - Heroes come in many forms. Some immense in size and strength as Hercules, some in the form of people that are shunned, such as Harriet Tubman, and some that are only valorous heroes to some, such as Kurt Cobain. These heroes have many characteristics that make people flock to their side and follow them without a moment of hesitation. In Sophocles' Antigone the hero is a women who believes in her heart far stronger than that of her leader's rule. Sophecles shows many of Antigone’s characteristics that are also seen in many heroes....   [tags: Antigone essays] 856 words
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Antigone: A Tragic Hero - Antigone: A Tragic Hero Heroes come in many forms. Some such as immense in size and strength as Hercules, some in the form of people that are shunned upon, such as Harriet Tubman, and some that are only valorous heroes to some, such as Kurt Cobain. These heroes have many characteristics that make people flock to their side and follow them without a thought of hesitation. In Sophocles' Antigone the hero is a women that believes in her heart far stronger than that of her leader's rule. This brings up many characteristics that are shown within her that are also seen in other heroes....   [tags: Sophocles Antigone ] 944 words
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Creon as the Hero of Sophocles' Antigone - Creon as the Hero of Antigone     The dilemma of identifying the true hero, or heroine, of Sophocles’ Antigone has tortured students for years. It is indeed a difficult decision to make. The basis for this decision is what the reader perceives to be Sophocles’ dramatic issue in this play. The dramatic issue of the play is twofold: Antigone is a fanatic who is driven by her religious fever to bury the body of her criminal brother, Polyneices, against the edict of Creon. In the second part, Sophocles shows how the new King Creon’s refusal to change his decision in the face of adversity is admirable, but at the same time his political morals end up destroying his family....   [tags: Antigone essays]
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Sophocles' Antigone - The Real Tragedy - Tragedy of Antigone The play “Antigone” by Sophocles displays many qualities that make it a great tragedy.  A tragedy is defined as a dramatic or literary work in which the principal character engages in a morally significant struggle ending in ruin or profound disappointment. In creating his tragedy “Antigone”, Sophocles uses many techniques to create the feelings of fear and pity in his readers. This in turn creates an excellent tragedy.       In order for a play to be considered a tragedy it must achieve the purgation of fear and pity.  In the play “Antigone”, Sophocles does a great job of bringing out these two emotions in a reader....   [tags: Antigone essays] 605 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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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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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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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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Importance of Gender in Sophocles' Antigone - Antigone - Importance of gender in the opening scene In looking at the first few exchanges between Ismene and Antigone by Sophocles, it is greatly apparent that there are plenty of social issues surrounding women from ancient Greece. In looking at the contextual background of the playwright, the representation of the women within the play and at the imagined response of a contemporary and ancient audience; we can see that this play raises many gender and socially related issues. Looking briefly at the contextual element to the play in terms of the playwright, it is worth considering that Sophocles himself was a political writer....   [tags: Antigone essays] 1050 words
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The Importance of Religious Obligations Illustrated in Sophocles' Antigone - In the play Antigone by Sophocles, one of the main characters, Antigone, has to choose to obey the law or obey her religious obligations. Creon, the king of Thebes, issued and edict that said that Antigone’s brother, Polyneikes, could not be buried. Antigone felt that she should not leave her brother to be devoured by vultures and insisted on burying him. Because Polyneikes had rebelled against the state, one of the greatest offenses of the time, burying his body meant death for Antigone as well as her sister....   [tags: antigone] 567 words
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Sophocles' Antigone and Bill Clinton - Antigone and Bill Clinton Antigone, in Greek legend, was the daughter of Oedipus. When her brothers Eteocles and Polynices killed one another, Creon, king of Thebes, forbade the rebel Polynices’ burial. Antigone disobeyed him, performed the rites, and was condemned to death for what she had done. Now the question arises, "Did Antigone take proper action?". Was it just to go against her Uncle Creon’s wishes and go ahead and bury the brother that was to be left out for the vultures....   [tags: Antigone essays] 1324 words
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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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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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Mythology In and Around Sophocles' Antigone - Mythology In and Around 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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Essay on Sophocles' Antigone - Antigone was a selfless person with pride as a strong characteristic of her personality. She possibly had feelings of loneliness and anger from the way society has looked upon her family from their past. It took a strong willed person who has no fear of the repercussions to stand up to a king as she did. To make everything all the worst she stood up to a king who was her Uncle and she being a female back in those time, standing up and speaking out for herself was not heard of. Having already been through public disgrace, when her own father, Oedipus found out that he was to fulfill a prophecy; he would kill his father and marry his mother, and this caused Antigone to be full of resentment toward her city....   [tags: Antigone essays] 803 words
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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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Sophocles' Antigone - Creon's Flaws - Antigone: Creon's Flaws In the play Antigone, I choose Creon to be the tragic hero because he is the King of Thebes and he looses everything he has. Creon being King makes the audience believe that something like that can happen to the King then what can happen to us. Antigone the niece of Creon, The sister of Polyneices was punished by Creon for burying Polyneces after his death, Creon has forbidden anybody to do so. Once Creon punished Antigone the blind prophet Teiresias told him that the Gods will take revenge for his actions, then Creon tried to change everything but he is too late....   [tags: Antigone essays] 525 words
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Pride in Sophocles' Antigone - Pride in Sophocles' Antigone Pride is a quality that all people possess in one way or another. Some people take pride in their appearance, worldly possessions, or position in society. The story of Antigone written by Sophocles has two characters who have a tragic flaw of pride. I will show how Creon’s pride of power leads to his destruction, and how Antigone’s pride makes her an honorable character who should be treated as a hero. Creon is a man who has just become the king of Thebes and has a flaw of having too much pride....   [tags: Sophocles Antigone] 975 words
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Irony in Sophocles' Antigone - Antigone’s Irony           Frank Jevons in “In Sophoclean Tragedy, Humans Create Their Own Fate” comments on Sophocles’ irony:   In this connection we may consider the “irony of Sophocles.” In argument irony has many forms That which best illustrates the irony of Sophocles is the method by which the ironical man, putting apparently innocent questions or suggestions, leads some person from one preposterous statement to another, until, perhaps, the subject of the irony realizes his situation and discovers that when he thought he was most brilliant of impressive, then he was really most absurd....   [tags: Antigone essays]
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Essay on Sophocles' Antigone - In ancient Greece, men who died in war fulfilled the civic ideal to the utmost. The women, destined to live out a degrading life, died in bed. Certainly, not all men died in battle, but every epitaph shows in one way or another, the city would always remember the men who died in war. Additionally, not all Athenian women died in bed; nonetheless, it was left to her family to preserve the memory of her not the city. No matter how perfect a woman was she would never receive the same status or level of social expectations from the city that a man received....   [tags: Antigone essays] 1279 words
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Political Authority in Sophocles' Antigone - Antigone:  Political Authority Political power results from the fear of force. The individual acts out of a fear of consequences of disobedience and in accordance with the desdire for self-preservation. Political Authority results from a belief in the moral correctness of the organization in question. The individual acts of a sense of obligation and acknowledges the right of the ruler, morally, to rule and the moral correctness of the laws are accepted. The laws are obeyed for their own sake....   [tags: Antigone essays] 414 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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Comparing Sophocles' Antigone and Jean Anouilh's Antigone - Comparing Sophocles' Antigone and Jean Anouilh's Antigone Both Sophocles and Jean Anouilh use the simple storyline of a girl defying her uncle and king in the face of death to reflect upon the events and attitudes of their days. Sophocles' Antigone models the classical pattern of tragedy by incorporating key elements such as a tragic hero with a fatal flaw and the Man-God-Society triangle. Creon is the tragic hero who disturbs the natural harmony of Thebes by denying Polyneices a funeral. Antigone is the catalyst who forces him to reckon with the consequences of his pride and arrogance....   [tags: Antigone Compare Contrast Essays]
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Antigone - Antigone In the play Antigone, the debate over who is the real tragic hero is and the controversy of Greek ideals in the Antigone continues on to this day. Who is the tragic hero in Antigone. Is it Antigone herself or is it Creon the ruler of Thebes. The belief that Antigone is, is a strong one. Still there are people who think Creon is the tragic hero. Antigone is widely thought as the tragic her. The play is named after her. In addition, she is the antagonist in it. Many people usually associate the antagonist, the good guy as a tragic hero....   [tags: essays research papers] 561 words
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Antigone - Antigone “Make these excuses, I will heap/ The earth over my brother’s body” (63). Although no one would help her, Antigone took a stand against injustice and honored her brother by burying him, even though Creon said this act would be punishable by death if anyone committed this act of insubordination. Especially in the age that Antigone lived in, it was considered foolish to simply go against a man’s orders, let alone the Kings. Not to mention that Antigone was related to the King, making the situation even worse....   [tags: English Literature Essays] 864 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 - Title: Antigone Author: Sophocles Setting: The play takes place in Thebes and starts at dawn following the night Polyneices and Eteocles (Antigone's brothers) fight for the thrown Oedipus (their father) held. Polyneices fights against his own country, the city of Thebes, and his brother fights defending it. They kill each other in the battle and Creon (their uncle and the king of Thebes) decided to leave Polyneices on the field to rot because he defied his own country, and anyone who tried to interfere with his edict would be dealt harsh consequences, even death....   [tags: Sophocles] 1238 words
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Antigone - Today the United States is controlled by three branches, but the executive branch is the branch that is commonly referred to when mentioning the United States; the President. Who was once just a loyal friend of Oedipus, now the ruler of Thebes, Creon can be considered Thebes’s president. A ruler who believes and insists that his word is final when it deals with anything under his jurisdiction, meets a match in Antigone, the daughter of the former ruler of Thebes before he parted unto the other side....   [tags: Character Analysis ] 837 words
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Antigone - ... I cannot rest. My life is warped past cure. My fate has struck me down"(236). Creon has realized that all the blood that was shed is in his hands, and his fate is in ruins and cannot be healed. Sophocles has demonstrated a great lesson about mankind. When authority supersedes religious morals, it leads to destruction and it can warp people's minds. In Antigone, the law of the state is placed higher than the gods' unwritten law and because of this the kings city turns to ruins. Sophocles displays his thoughts of the way people handle authority against morality and demonstrates the flaws of mankind....   [tags: Greek, Sophocles] 2995 words
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Antigone - ... For instance, Haemon alludes to his own death when he says, "Then she'll die -- and in her death kill someone else" (Antigone 759). This comes shortly after Creon has made his final decision that Antigone will die for her crimes, deep within the play. That is not say that foreshadowing was only present in the modern version within the prologue, both versions had a sufficient amount of foreshadowing throughout, as can be seen in the modern version where Antigone warns Haemon that she will never be able to marry him, simply building the anticipation for her death to come (Anouilh 20)....   [tags: Social Issues, Family Ties, Conflicts] 1241 words
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The Tragic Hero of Antigone - Around 442 BC in the city of Athens, Greece, Sophocles wrote the greatly admired tragedy, Antigone. Antigone includes many themes such as Freedom, Protection of Personal Dignity, Obedience to Civil Law, Protection of Community/Nation, Loyalty/Obligation to Family, and Observance of Religious Law. Many of the Greek tragedies that have been written include a tragic hero that has his/her tragic flaw. In Antigone there are two main characters; Creon, the tyrant king of Thebes, and Antigone, the daughter of Oedipus and Jocasta....   [tags: Antigone, heroes, Sophocles, ] 557 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 - Family is supposed to be the ultimate support, everlasting, and always ready to forgive. In Antigone by Sophocles, Creon is immersed in a “power trip” that alienates and even kills his family. He caused his son, Haemon’s death, his wife, Eurydice’s death and Antigone’s death. Creon views himself as the perfect leader, believes he is always correct, and in turn has to live with the guilt of three deaths that were his fault. Antigone goes alone to bury Polynices and deliberately disobeys Creon’s law....   [tags: essays research papers] 470 words
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Antigone - Antigone Antigone and Ismene are sisters.  They have two brothers who just killed each other and both died.  Creon, whos very powerful, honored one and dishonored the other.  The dishonored brother being left outside, unburied, and prohibited anyone to cry or sympathetic on the dead body.  Antigone who came from a loyal family could not stand to see her brother died unburied, so she asked her sister to go with her to steal and bury  the brother-body. Unwillingly, Ismene affrighted of the law and did not agree with her sister.  So Antigone steal and bury the body by herself.  When Creon know this, he was very upset and order the army to get the one stole the body.  They catch Antigone and take her to Creon.  Antigone has not affraid of the execution which Creon would give.  Ismene, her sister came and said that she had a share in this matter....   [tags: essays research papers] 601 words
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Antigone - It takes a lot of courage to stand up and defend an action or idea that is forbidden by society. Not only did Antigone do that in Sophocles' story Antigone, but also comparing my life to the events that happened in Antigone, it was not long ago that I had to stand and take action on a forbidden idea. Antigone clearly disobeys King Creon's order that no person should bury Antigone's brother, Polynices, which is punishable by penalty of death. In this case, is Antigone's decision the correct one....   [tags: essays research papers] 448 words
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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 - Antigone; The Tragic Hero Antigone is a classic work that never ceases to be analyzed by critics and students around the world. The debate over who is the real tragic hero of Sophocles’ play Antigone is a topic that is heavily discussed. To this day there is still no agreement. Some people believe that Antigone is the real tragic hero of this tragedy, while others believe that the hero is in fact her uncle, Creon. It is logical to say that Antigone is the tragic hero of Antigone more so than Creon because she is a likeable character, extracts pity from the audience, and her plight affects many....   [tags: essays research papers] 1327 words
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Antigone - Women often are put in positions that often create turmoil within themselves. Women tend to make decisions based more on emotion and values as opposed to what is dictated by governing laws and rulers. By choosing to do what is “right in their heart” women often suffer great consequences such as persecution, abuse, exile and even death. Antigone deals with this turmoil because she tries to perform the noble act of loyalty to her brother, Polyneices, as well as her loyalty to her family. Polyneices was slain by his own brother, Eteocles, in a battle where both were killed by each other’s sword....   [tags: essays research papers] 992 words
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Antigone - Antigone Antigone, by Sophocles, is a story about the struggle between Antigone, who represents the laws of the gods and Creon, who represents the laws of the state. The play takes place circa 442 B.C. in the city-state of Thebes. The story revolves around the burial of Polyneices. Polyneices led an army against his brother, Etocles, the King of Thebes. They killed each other in battle and the new king, Creon, made a decree that only Etocles was to be buried because Polyneices was his rival....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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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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Antigone - Antigone It takes a lot of courage to stand up and defend an action or idea that is forbidden by society. This is what Antigone does in Sophocles' story Antigone. She clearly disobeys King Creon's order that no person should bury Antigone's brother, Polynices, which is punishable by penalty of death. In this case, though, is Antigone's decision the correct one. Her actions affect many of her other countrymen negatively; they cause problems within the royal family, disagreement among the people and directly relate to the death of three people including her own....   [tags: essays research papers] 1751 words
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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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Antigone - Doing something wrong may cause you death. When you think you're doing well others think the opposite and go against your words on opinion and thought. You do something wrong or make a bad judgment everybody makes you seem as the bad person or the tragic flawed. In Antigones' play she becomes the tragic flawed, only because she was going against her own will and disobeying the kings' command. Antigone is not a tragic flawed, she's a good person with a heart and only wants the best for her brother....   [tags: World Literature] 337 words
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Antigone - One commentator has argued in "Antigone" that Antigone's "view of what is right is as twisted as that of Creon." Although I do not believe that either Antigone's or Creon's view is "twisted," I do believe that their fate is a direct result of their extreme pride and stubbornness. In "Antigone," Sophocles examines the conflict between the requirements of human and divine law that is centered on the burial of Polynices, Antigone's brother and Creon's nephew....   [tags: essays research papers] 1463 words
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Antigone - Antigone Essay In any story or piece of literature, there will always be the main characters to fill the pages with incessant adventure. The characters whose names appear on almost every page and the characters whose actions the story revolves around. However, a story will also always have its minor characters. These are the characters that contribute heavily to the plot, yet aren't mentioned quite as often and are underestimated regarding their importance in the story. In the Greek masterpiece, Antigone, the author Sophocles construed a myriad of minor characters that contributed to the story in numerous ways....   [tags: English Literature] 1321 words
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Antigone - Antigone The main theme for Antigone is that people sometimes have to learn the hard way from their mistakes. This theme is expressed in the final four lines of the play. They read, 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. These lines are an important part of the play. They symbolize Creon's bad decisions, his defiance of the gods, the punishment he went through because of his edict, and the wisdom he gained because of all his mistakes....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Antigone - ... Oedipus is puzzled and wants to know the real reason, not just resolve the argument. According to a prophecy, whoever Oedipus supports will be victorious in the war. Oedipus realizes this and points out that the gods are displeased and that it is unacceptable for a son to do this. Polyneices retorts that Oedipus will be responsible for the upcoming war. Once more, Antigone intercedes indicating that Polyneices is acting on arrogance and that there will be bloodshed among relatives. Polyneices exits Colonus declaring that fate is responsible for whatever transpires....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Sophocles] 2422 words
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Antigone - Greek Tragedy: Sophocles’ Antigone The struggle between right and wrong, the demands between family and that of the government, and the ultimate struggle between divine law and those made by man is the center of Sophocles’ Antigone. Through this expression of Greek drama, a sense of what life must have been like in the time of Sophocles comes across. In his world, women are subjugated and supposed to be silent spectators to the world around them as men’s search for power leads to incredible acts against both human and divine law....   [tags: essays research papers] 993 words
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