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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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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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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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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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Honor in the Iliad and Antigone - The notion of honor is prevalent throughout the Iliad and Antigone. Both texts demonstrate that honor is essential to Greek heroes because honor is the foundation of the society and family. Homer and Sophocles clearly show that honor guides people’s actions and responses and decides the fate of themselves and others. Both authors also place emphasis on the importance of proper burial because it is a strong indication of honor to the deceased and the deceased’s family. As can be seen in the Iliad and Antigone, the aim of every Greek hero is to gain everlasting honor because it ensures his place in the social memory of his society resounding even after death....   [tags: Honor, Iliad, Antigone,] 991 words
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Comparing and Contrasting Sophocles' Antigone and Shakespeare's Othello - The tragedies of Antigone and Othello were written with great depth and are structured in such a way that both characters are victims, in spite of their crimes. Antigone and Othello are tragedy plays created by using many techniques to create the feelings of fear and pity. There are differences and similarities in characters, action, and themes between Antigone and Othello. First, the major characters in both of the plays are suffering through great pain and end up with death. The drama Antigone which is written by Sophocles, tells the story of Antigone....   [tags: othello, antigone]
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Three Features of an Ideal Ruler Contrasted in The Aenied and Antigone - An ideal ruler possesses 3 distinct features: courage, honor, and virtue. Courage is often shown when facing difficult leadership decisions. Honor is gained as one honor’s the gods or serves one’s own state. And virtue is gained as one looks out for the best interest of one’s own state. The importance of such virtues is contrasted in Antigone and The Aenied. In Antigone, Creon shows the 3 components of a good leader when he takes rule and objectively enforces the laws to maintain order. But as Antigone progresses and Creon’s hubris becomes more prominent, he loses sight of the three qualities that make a good leader....   [tags: Aenied, Antigone] 1483 words
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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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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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Men’s Egos Exposed in A Doll's House and Antigone - ... Ah. You are teasing me. ... Am I not your husband?” (Ibsen 190) This quote shows the negative reaction that Helmer has when Nora won’t do what he has told her to do. It shows how shocked he is to realize that she does not want to do what she was told and he accuses her of trying to tease him. Men often acted this way, because women of that time period, which was the 1800’s, were not supposed to act in that manner. According to society, women were always supposed to listen to their husbands, because it was their husbands who supported them and gave them a home....   [tags: A Doll's House, Antigone]
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Creon is the Tragic Hero of in Sophocles' Antigone - Creon is the Tragic Hero of Antigone Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I am here today to argue the title of tragic hero in the play Antigone by Sophocles. I would like to start off by saying that it will be extremely difficult for me to have the passion that I usually have because of my client. My client's ruthless leadership disgusts me in the worst way. But I will still stand in front of you, the jury, and defend my client. As I said before I am here to argue the title of tragic hero in the play Antigone....   [tags: Antigone essays] 1070 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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Sophocles' Antigone - Creon's Fatal Flaw - Antigone - Creon's Fatal Flaw A master artisan and innovator of the Greek tragedy, Sophocles' insightful plays have held their value throughout countless time periods and societies. Through the use of common literary techniques, Sophocles was able to express themes and ideas that reflect all of humankind. On particular idea was that Sophocles believed that hubris is destructive and will eventually lead to one's demise. Creon, the proud king of Thebes has such a fatal flaw. His hubris alienates Teiresias, Haimon, and his people....   [tags: Antigone essays] 578 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 - 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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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 - ... Haemon is a loyal son and values his father greatly which is evident in the way he tries to persuade his father. Glorification of his father starts the passage in which Haemon speaks highly of his father showing how much Creon means to Haemon. He proceeds cautiously when he gets into telling Creon to rethink his actions and lessen the punishment, but also shows respect and honor which is present when he says, “…nothing more precious to me in the world. What medal of honor brighter to his children than a father’s growing glory....   [tags: Theatre, Sophocles]
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Antigone - ... Sophocles uses negative diction such as "murderous", "clamor", and "blood" to depict the chorus' emotional trauma from the civil war as the civilians heavily depend on a strong leader to recover their morale. Creon exploits the fear of his people as he "keeps his [intents to regain pride] under lock and key," glamorizing his actions as endeavors to defend Thebes. Instead of considering the people's interests, he seeks vengeance towards those who have wounded his pride. In fact, he accuses Teiresias, the most insightful messenger in Sophocles' plays, of yielding to greed for material wealth when Teiresias warns Creon of the consequences of his actions....   [tags: Theatre] 1416 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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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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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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moralant Essay on the Moral Dilemma in Sophocles' Antigone - Antigone: Barbaric King, Hopeful Princess and Moral Dilemma Antigone is a play that mainly deals with differences among characters that cause life long drawbacks and threatening resolutions. The drama is portrayed through Antigone and Creon's characters who undoubtedly resemble each other. Although they try to be masters of their own fate and eventually succumb to grieving outcomes, they both seem to have the values of a tragic hero. Although, they have their differences, their battle with one another illustrates them both as moral characters full of pride and arrogance....   [tags: Antigone essays] 891 words
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moralant Free Antigone Essays: Do the Right Thing - Antigone: Do the Right Thing Antigone did the right thing by defileing Creon's strict orders on burying Polynices because the unalterable laws of the gods and our morals are higher than the blasphemous laws of man. Creon gave strict orders not to bury Polynices because he lead a rebellion, which turned to rout, in Thebes against Creon, their omnipotent king. Antigone could not bare to watch her brother become consumed by vultures' talons and dogs. Creon finds out that somebody buried Polynices' body and sent people out to get the person who preformed the burial....   [tags: Antigone essays] 541 words
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Wave Watcher by Craig Alan Johnson and the play Antigone by Jean Anouilh - Death is a very delicate subject to most people. The details involving a discussion about death most certainly include some topics to be discussed in this comparative essay. People all die for a variety of reasons, be it for an honorable reason, a coward reason etc. Whatever people die for, after they go away, almost always the consequence is the same. After someone’s death, the loved ones, cry and suffer, and might even do something more tragic. Louie is a young talented boy with a different view of the world, but also, he is disabled with a series of health problems....   [tags: Johnson Wave Watcher Antigone] 1320 words
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Antigone and Romeo and Juliet - Compare/Contrast Antigone and Romeo and Juliet There are many similarities and differences between Antigone by Sophocles and Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The adults in both of the books have the difficult job of controlling the actions of the younger characters. Their decisions have a crucial effect on the outcome of the books, for the younger characters that they guide are the main figures in their stories. Antigone’s King Creon and Romeo and Juliet’s Prince Escalus and Lord Capulet share but also have unique strengths, weaknesses, leadership qualities, and crisis-managing techniques....   [tags: Compare Contrast Shakespeare Antigone Essays] 2402 words
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Victims of Society in The Outsider and Antigone - Victims of Society in The Outsider and Antigone Both Meursault and Antigone are the protagonists in their stories. They have much in common, such as the fact that they explain their impending deaths as decided by fate, even though each seems to have an easy way of surviving. Both are willing to die for what they believe is right. The concept of fate is quite different between the texts. In Antigone, a Chorus tells you at the beginning of the play that Antigone will die. Antigone uses the excuse of fate to explain her own death to Creon, where as in The Outsider fate is much more subtle....   [tags: Meursault Antigone Literature Plays Essays]
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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 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 essays]
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Creon’s Perspective in Oedipus Rex and Sophocles' Antigone - Creon’s Perspective in Oedipus Rex and Antigone    The role of the king in the time of Greek tragedies was simultaneously desired and dreaded because of the king's responsibility to the people and because of the effects of the position on the king's character. Creon reveals such ambivalent thoughts towards the kingship in his speech defending himself from Oedipus's conspiracy accusation in Oedipus the King; these ambivalent thoughts reveal much about the nature of the kingship, especially in conjunction with Creon's later actions in Antigone....   [tags: Antigone essays]
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Creon as the Ideal Tragic Hero of Sophocles' Antigone - Creon as the Ideal Tragic Hero of Antigone Tragedy always involves human suffering, but not everyone who suffers is a Tragic Hero. According to Aristotle, there are five basic criteria that must be met for a character to be considered a Tragic Hero. Aristotle’s ideas about tragedy were recorded in his book of literacy theory titled Poetics. In it he has a great deal to say about the structure, purpose and intended effect of tragedy. His ideas have been adopted, disputed, expanded, and discussed for several centuries....   [tags: Antigone essays]
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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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Creon Defines the Tragic Hero in Sophocles' Antigone - Antigone - Creon Defines the Tragic Hero    Antigone, written by Sophocles is a tale of a tragic hero who suffers with the recognition and realization of his tragic flaw. Although this short story is titled after Antigone, Creon is the main character and he provides the moral significance in the play. First, Creon withholds the respect of his citizens but it is clear to them he is not perfect through his pride (tragic flaw). Secondly, his radical reversal of fortune is made clear after he struggles with the recognition of his fatal flaw....   [tags: Antigone essays]
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Change Within Characters in Sophocles' Antigone - Change Within Characters in Sophocles' Antigone Antigone is about how King Creon rules that Polynices the traitor is not to be buried, but his sister Antigone defies the order. She is caught, and sentenced by Creon to be buried alive - even though she is betrothed to his son Haemon. After the blind prophet Tiresias proves that the gods are on Antigone's side, Creon changes his mind - but too late. He goes first to bury Polynices, but Antigone has already hanged herself. When Creon arrives at the tomb, Haemon attacks him and then kills himself....   [tags: Sophocles Antigone Essays] 904 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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A Character Comparison: Nora Vs. Antigone - A Character Comparison: Nora Vs. Antigone In the novels A Doll's House and Antigone, Ibsen and Sophocles respectively create two lead female characters, Nora and Antigone, who confront society's expectations of women in fundamentally different ways. Nora goes against the grain of middle class society by first forging her father's signature and then deceiving her husband, Torvald, throughout their marriage; Antigone, on the other hand, openly challenges and defies the rule of men, including her uncle and King of Thebes, Creon....   [tags: Doll's House Antigone Sophocles] 1855 words
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Creon as the Tragic Hero of Sophocles' Antigone - Creon as the Tragic Hero of Sophocles' Antigone      Who is the true tragic hero in Sophocles' Antigone?  This question has been the subject of a great debate for numerous years.  Equal arguments exist that portray Antigone as the tragic heroine in the play and Creon as the tragic hero.  Aristotle, in his study of Greek drama entitled Poetics, provided the framework that determines the tragic hero of a work.  Though Antigone definitely possesses the characteristics and qualities that are mentioned, Creon comes across as the true tragic hero of Antigone....   [tags: Antigone heroant trajant]
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Creon As The Tragic Hero Of Antigone by Sophocles - Creon As The Tragic Hero Of Antigone by Sophocles Greek tragedy would not be complete with out a tragic hero. Sophocles wrote Antigone with a specific character in mind for this part. Based on Aristotle’s definition, Creon is the tragic hero of Antigone. Creon fits Aristotle’s tragic hero traits as a significant person who is faced with difficult decisions. Creon is significant because he is king. This makes him both renowned and prosperous. Creon is not completely good nor completely bad; he is somewhere in-between, as humans are....   [tags: Greek Sophocles Antigone Essays] 792 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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Tragedy in Sophocles' Oedipus The King and Antigone - Tragedy in Sophocles' Oedipus The King and Antigone The Greeks considered tragedy the greatest form for literature.  However, the tragic ends for the characters were not ordained or set by fate, but rather caused by certain characteristics belonging to that person.  Such is the case with the characters of Sophocles' plays Oedipus the King and Antigone.  Oedipus from King Oedipus, and Antigone and Creon from Antigone posses characteristics, especially pride, that caused their tragic ends.  As the play progress, other characteristics appear and further add to the problem to such a point that it is inevitable that it will end in tragedy.  Therefore the tragedies were not a result of a plot by the fates, but rather a result of the characteristics that the characters possessed....   [tags: Sophocles Oedipus King Antigone Essays]
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moralant Moral Law vs. Civil Law in in Sophocles' Antigone - Moral Law vs. Civil Law in Antigone In the case of Antigone versus the state, she chose to follow moral law, or God's law if you will. Ultimately she felt that His law was right, and the civil government had no right to say who does and who does not have the right to a proper burial. People make decisions everyday in accordance with God's laws or the governments laws. They make a choice between the two, and they go with it. It's decided upon according to what they believe is right....   [tags: Antigone essays] 569 words
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The Philosophy and Psychology of Sophocles’s Antigone and The Eumenides in Aeschylus’ Oresteia - The Philosophy and Psychology of Sophocles’s Antigone and The Eumenides in Aeschylus’ Oresteia There is a consensus among readers of the poetry or plays written in the fifth century that the plays succeed with inspiring profound movement on the audience. The methods or reasons for the reader to be moved by a text are often disputed. Specific to tragic works the concepts of philosophy and psychology are critical elements to understand the cause of the stirred emotions of individuals who response to classical tragedies in a similar manner....   [tags: Antigone Oresteia]
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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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Nomos vs. Physis in Sophocles’Antigone and the Modern World - Nomos vs. Physis in Sophocles’Antigone and the Modern World The Greek play, Antigone, written by Sophocles in the year 441 BCE, honors the Greek god of wine, Dionysus. It is hard to imagine that a play, written century ago for an imaginary god, would still be widely popular and have great significance in today's world. Using two main characters, Antigone and Creon, Sophocles creates a dialogue that examines two very different views of nomos (law) and physis (nature), the focal point of all Greek beliefs....   [tags: Antigone Real World]
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The True Tragic Hero of Creon in Sophocles' Antigone - The True Tragic Hero of Creon in Sophocles' Antigone There has always been a great debate over who is the true tragic hero in Sophocles' Antigone. Many scholars would stake claim to Antigone possessing all the necessary characteristics of a true tragic hero, but many others would argue that Creon holds many qualities as well. It is hard to discount Antigone as a tragic hero, because in fact, the play bears her name, but from careful reading, Creon meets Aristotle's criteria exactly and fits perfectly into the role....   [tags: Papers Sophocles Antigone Essays]
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Women Behaving Like Men in Antigone, Electra, and Medea - Women Behaving Like Men in Antigone, Electra, and Medea Throughout Antigone, Electra, and Medea, many double standards between men and women surface. These become obvious when one selects a hero from these plays, for upon choosing, then one must rationalize his or her choice. The question then arises as to what characteristics make up the hero. How does the character win fame. What exactly is excellent about that character. These questions must be answered in order to choose a hero in these Greek tragedies....   [tags: Antigone Electra Medea]
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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 - 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 - 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 - 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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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 - Antigone is a play written by Sophocles that became a classic due to its controversial content. In this play, the Greek dramatist reflected mainly on Civil Disobedience. Antigone believes in the individual rights over the state rights. Creon, however, strongly believes in putting state over religion. The play does not only revolve on the political and religious issue, but also deals with the battle of the sexes. The play is about a strong-willed woman defying the laws of a proud king. Antigone is torn between her devotion to the gods and her loyalty to the king....   [tags: essays research papers] 758 words
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Antigone - Justice is a word we hear today all the time. Left and right we hear of judges and citizens demanding justice. Is justice always the right way. It seems that justice is not always the correct solution to a problem, but a solution that is the easiest to make. The classic play Antigone is a perfect example of this. Antigone is classic tragedy at its finest. A simple civilized and humane right of burying a loved one is turned into a great loss. Creon’s inapt decision to hold his power and sentence Antigone to death causes him to lose the people he loves most....   [tags: essays research papers] 650 words
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antigone - A Family Contrast 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: essays research papers] 756 words
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Antigone - Antigone The characters in the play Antigone all suffer a downfall of some sort. The major characters suffer the most, though. In this short essay, I will document on how the two main characters, Creon and Antigone, both inevitably become tragic heroes. The first example that I observed in Antigone was her self-righteous plight to bury her brother. She believes that what she is doing is right, and that she will do it no matter what the consequences, because he was her brother, her blood. This establishes the first part of a tragic hero, the part about doing something for the good of someone else, rather for than the greater glory of doing it....   [tags: English Literature Essays] 513 words
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