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Antigone by Sophocles

- In Antigone, death is a central theme that is consistently present throughout the entire play. In this particular passage, the chorus proclaims that man’s access to resources will allow him to continue to exist, however, as long as man exists, so will death – a fate that no amount of resources can help anyone escape. In this essay, I will discuss the correlation and significance of this passage, and more specifically, the correlation of death, with particular characters of the play. In the passage, ‘speech and thought’, ‘mood and mind’, ‘death’, ‘rescue’, ‘plague’ and ‘escape’ are all attributes of what it is to be human....   [tags: creon, thebes, polynices]

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Connotations of Antigone

- Sibling rivalry has been taken to a whole new level. Brothers have been brutally murdered by one another; whose side to take. Is there a way to stay true to both of them. It is hard to grieve without the additional stress of choosing a side when there is a death in the family. Two of the closest members of a family are ripped out at an instant. At the funeral, the family notices that only one brother is there to be buried. Everyone questions this, “Where is Polynices”. Answers are not found, but then word gets through that because of his exile, Polynices, will not be formally buried, but will suffer even in his after-life....   [tags: Sophocles, Literary Analysis, Rivalry]

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Is Antigone Crazy?

- Insanity--there’s a fine line between it and sanity itself. But how do we find out when we’ve crossed that line, and what do we classify as insanity. It is said, in Sophocles’ play Antigone, that Antigone is crazy. Looking deeper into her character helps determine how insane she may very well be. Antigone is a strong woman. She does what she believes shall be done, whether or not it, in the sense of the law, is wrong. She proves her strength and determination when saying, “‘And even if I die in the act, that death will be a glory.’” (Sophocles 1331)....   [tags: Classic Literature]

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Antigone by Sophocles

- A Greek drama is a serious of actions within a literary presentation in which the chief character has a disastrous fate. Many Greek dramas fall under theatrical category of a tragedy due to the tragic events and unhappy ending that cause the downfall of the main character. During the famous play “Antigone” the Greek author Sophocles incorporated several features of a tragedy. These features include a morally significant dilemma and the presence of a tragic hero. Grand debate over which character can hold the title of the tragic hero has discussed in the literally world for ages....   [tags: greek drama, creon]

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The Danger of Love: Antigone by Sophocles

- The Danger of Love Nearly everyone experiences the feeling of love. Whether it’s for another person or for food, almost everyone feels love during their lifetime. In the play Antigone, the writer, Sophocles, illustrates a very important fact regarding love: love is our most important and most dangerous motivation for doing anything, and without moderation, love can be deadly. In Antigone, unmoderated love is prevalent throughout the play, and it is best demonstrated in three main characters: Antigone, Creon, and Ismene....   [tags: creon, ismene, dangerous love]

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Sophocles' Antigone: A Great Tragedy

- ... The civil law is Creon's decree preventing Polyneices from having a proper burial, and the divine law is the belief a person must undergo a proper burial to experience the afterlife. Creon chooses the worst punishment imaginable and wants Polyneices to rot because of his treason. Creon plays the role of God by deciding who can and cannot experience the afterlife, and he uses civil law to overrule divine law. This draws sympathy toward Antigone's situation. Antigone fears Polyneices will suffer for eternity if she does not act....   [tags: decisions, devine law, loyalty]

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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: Sophocles, Oedipus, Tragic hero, Tragedy]

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Sophocles ' Influences On The Play ' Antigone '

- Sophocles’ background influenced him to write Antigone. One important influence on the drama was the author’s life in the “golden era” of Athens during fifth century BCE. In that time, Athens was experiencing much change in all facets, and drama was a major factor in Athenian culture. In his essay “Sophocles,” Ed Downey reports that Sophocles was born at the beginning of the “golden era” in Athens and lived a long life influenced by “the artistic and cultural achievements in the ancient Greek world”....   [tags: Sophocles, Oedipus, Tragedy, Oedipus the King]

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Antigone and Tragedy Archetypes and Art

- Antigone as a heroic and tragic archetype must internally struggle with individuality and morality versus established rule and law and she can be seen as externally fighting between her sister as an outward display of her internal conflict. Antigone then is a unique archetype as a heroine and her power and powerlessness are defining to her as a woman in politics. Her sister, Ismene is portrayed as much weaker and can be said to be metaphorical in that individual morality is weak as compared to established law and Ismene is the personification of morality in a legal-rational world, according to the emerging Hellenistic establishment....   [tags: heroine, power, morality, struggle]

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The Tragedy Of Antigone By William Shakespeare

- Antigone appears to exhibit many characteristics of a Shakespearean tragedy. The scholarly critical articles that are addressed show diverse views in order to display the different levels Tragedies like any good tale have some type of exciting force that brings all the conflicts to light. In the case of Antigone, it is the discussion of the burial of Antigone’s brother, Polynices. Antigone is willing to do whatever is necessary to do right and have a proper burial for her brother. The true conflict arises when we realize that by burying her brother, Antigone is bringing trouble to herself....   [tags: Sophocles, Oedipus, Burial, Poetics]

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A Critical Analysis Of Sophocles ' Antigone

- A Critical Analysis of Antigone By Sophocles Sophocles’ background influenced him to write Antigone. In the fifth century BCE. the “golden era” of Athens, is an important influence in the author’s life. In that time, Athens has experienced so much change in all facets; in addition, drama continues as a major factor in Athenian culture. In his essay “Sophocles,” Ed Downey reports that Sophocles was born at the beginning of the “golden era” in Athens; furthermore, he lived a long life influenced by “the artistic and cultural achievements in the ancient Greek world.” Sophocles is a wealthy and highly educated, “happy man.” As a young man, Sophocles begins his playwright career, so he eventual...   [tags: Sophocles, Oedipus, Tragedy, Oedipus the King]

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Justice is Served in Antigone by Sophocles

- In the play Antigone, Sophocles writing can be very controversial. He explains different perspectives of justice through the fates of the characters in the play. Creon and Antigone both would claim to have the law and Gods on their sides. They bring acceptable evidence for their reasoning to be true for their thought of the right way to carry out justice. Creon is certain that his ability to be king will justify leaving Polynices unburied. On the other hand Antigone sees justice as the ability to bury her brother....   [tags: conflict, burial, moral]

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Analysis of Antigone by Sophocles

- In the play “Antigone” by Sophocles we the reader are presented with the tragic events that befell that of Antigone (the character) when he tried to do right by the laws endowed by the gods. These laws would inevitably clash with the royal edict King Creon asserted (no one was to “grace him with sepulture or lament, but leave him unburied…Antigone 11). In the play Antigone becomes the embodiment of the natural laws; endowed upon by the gods, and those who oppose these laws will eventually buckle but only when all has been lost....   [tags: gods, law, tragic events]

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The Role of Women in Antigone

- One of the conflicts in Antigone, is the struggle between men and women. Ismene tells Antigone that since birth, women “were not born to contend with men,” (75) displaying women’s obedience and passivity. In the same passage, Ismene says: “we’re underlings, ruled by stronger hands,” (76) a representation of men’s aggressive and “stronger hands” that dominate women and treats them as second-class citizens. The only woman in Thebes who desires to break free from these chains is Antigone, who stands up against Ismene’s passivity urging her to “submit to this,” (77) and defy Creon by burying Polynices....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Sophocles]

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Sophocles ' The Timeless Nature Of Antigone

- Despite its age, Antigone by Greek playwright Sophocles is still relevant to many issues plaguing modern society to this day. Over the course of Antigone, both the actions and the inactions show parallels to modern life, some of which can be troubling, others are perfectly acceptable. By examining Sophocles’ tale, readers will handily notice the timeless nature of Antigone, and how it is connected to modern life. Antigone takes place shortly after a war which claimed the lives of the two sons of Oedipus, Eteocles and Polyneices, Eteocles was given a burial, but Polyneices was not....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus, Polynices]

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The Portrayal of Women in Antigone by Sophocles

- In Sophocles, Antigone portrays herself as strong and capable of making decisions for herself. Although her decisons are not always wise she does what she believes is the right thing to do, defining the law. Sophocles uses Isemene and Antigone to show the two different characteristics woman typically interpret. Woman in ancient Greece seemed to always follow the rules of men which is how Ismene is portrayed. Ismene is the weak and subordinate one. On the other hand as I mentioned Antigone is more strong and was not afraid to face consequences for disobeying mens laws....   [tags: consequences, morals, roles]

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Sophocles ' Antigone : The Rights Of The State

- Antigone had the right to bury her. Her defiance of the decree instituted by the king, Creon, which prohibited her brother’s burial, was justified. In defense of Antigone’s position, one can argue against both divine law and the laws of the state. However, this is not what Antigone’s actions are about. Antigone’s decision to bury her brother was justified because respect for the deceased triumphs over the man-made laws of the state. Antigone’s choice was virtuous because it was the best decision for her family....   [tags: Oedipus, Creon, Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus]

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The Tragedy Of Sophocles ' Antigone By Sophokles

- Before Aristotle’s tragic hero model, tragic figures were open to interpretation. The play Antigone by Sophokles, written in 441 BC, existed during this period of ambiguity of what a tragic figure exactly meant. Antigone involves two principal characters that could potentially be the tragic figure, Kreon and Antigone. Kreon is the arrogant king who declares it illegal to give Polyneices, a soldier who had betrayed Thebes during war, a proper burial. Antigone is the sister of Polyneices who is determined to give him the proper burial that she, as his family, is obliged to carry out....   [tags: Tragic hero, Tragedy, Sophocles, Oedipus]

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The Oedipus Complex, Antigone and Electra

- Introduction It is a well-known fact that theatre as well as society in Ancient Greece was extremely male-dominated. The female population wasn’t assumably even allowed to attend theatre performances let alone perform on stage. However, still some of the strongest and most unforgettable characters in Greek tragedy were female, perhaps the most feisty and passionate of all being Sophocles’ Antigone. Antigone, one of the best known Greek Tragedies, is filled with strong-willed women. The play is built around the conflict between King Creon and Antigone, who breaks the law by burying her brother Polynices....   [tags: women, ancient greece, gender]

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Character Analysis : ' Antigone '

- Character Biography: Antigone Antigone is a very stubborn character who stands up for what she believes in. she has a strong personality and will not take nonsense from anyone. Her insistence on her desire beyond the limits of reason make her appear ugly and abject. She is particularly arrogant towards her sister (Ismene) who possesses feminine qualities, and is the object of all men’s desires. Antigone is very envious towards her sister, however she will never show nor admit it. This is because Antigone has a “masculine” physique and curses her womanhood....   [tags: Oedipus, Creon, Sophocles, Haemon]

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Analysis Of ' Antigone ' By Sophocles

- Courage can have its limitations. Limitations, which are present within Sophocles ' play "Antigone". A tale focused on the protagonist Antigone, who goes behind her uncle and king, Creon’s, back to bury her brother Polynices. Within the story, Antigone tried to enlist her sister, Ismene’s help. To which Ismene had refused on the basis that they were women and were in no place to stand up against the king or the law (1567). However, in the third part of the play when Creon accuses Ismene of being an accomplice to Antigone’s schemes; contrarily to Ismene’s previous words, Ismene chooses to stand by her sister’s side....   [tags: Sophocles, Oedipus, Oedipus at Colonus, Cowardice]

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The Tragedy Of Antigone By Sophocles

- “Antigone” is a drama that was written by Sophocles. Sophocles was one of the great writers of tragedies during the ancient Greece era. For this reason, there is no debate as to whether this story is a tragedy or not. A tragedy is defined as a play that contains dismal events and has an unhappy ending, it typically involves the downfall of the protagonist. Focus on that last part; the downfall of the main character. If “Antigone” is definitely a tragedy, and a tragedy involves the destruction of the main character, than the drama must portray the hero being brought to ruin....   [tags: Character, Sophocles, Tragedy, Oedipus]

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The Tragedy Of Sophocles ' Antigone

- Decisions made by the characters and the ramifications of their decisions are an integral aspect of illustrating a true Greek tragedy within Antigone. FIX Antigone’s stubborn will is not the only force the drives her to make a political statement. King Creon’s harsh edict forces Antigone to reconcile her allegiance to her family and her familial duty with her alliance to the city-state and her place within society. Through this intrapersonal struggle Antigone decides that she will not go against the traditions of the gods, because she would rather face “some man’s wounded pride,” than “face the retribution of the gods” (Sophocles 509-511)....   [tags: Sophocles, Oedipus, Creon, Oedipus at Colonus]

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Tragic Heroes - Creon and Antigone

- Who is the more of a tragic hero, Creon or Antigone. They both experienced much through out play, but Anitgone is clearly the “better” tragic hero. Antigone’s flaw, misfortune, and her fall from grace prove that she is much better than Creon as a tragic hero. Antigone’s flaw is arrogance, and she shows it through out the story. She also “accepts that it is her flaw and she causes everything unlike Creon who believes it is the Gods that are causing his misfortune not his flaw. Antigone first sign of arrogance is in the beginning of the play where she and her sister, Ismene, are having a conflict about whether or not they should bury the brother....   [tags: Shakespearen Literature]

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The Tragic Hero Of Sophocles ' Antigone

- In the Greek play Antigone by Sophocles is very different from traditional plays or tragedies. Not only does the play have two prominent characters, Antigone and King Creon, the two characters also function as a tragic hero. However, which of the two character is the real tragic hero. Antigone’s tragedy is from conflict and passion. To really understand which of the two character is the ‘real’ tragic hero, one must understand the definition of a tragic hero. According to Aristotle’s definition of a tragic hero, a tragic hero must be born from a high social class and his or her downfall must be caused by a fatal flaw of that character....   [tags: Tragedy, Sophocles, Poetics, Tragic hero]

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The Tragic Hero Of Sophocles ' Antigone

- Sophocles, an ancient Greek tragic poet, has apparently written about 120 plays, but not all of them are acknowledged or have survived. Antigone is the part three of the Oedipus series, but Sophocles wrote this play first and then the other ones; he went backward with the series chronologically. Antigone (441 B.C.), Oedipus the King (around 430 B.C.), and Oedipus at Colonus (somewhere between 406-405 B.C.) are the most famous plays out of those 120 plays. Sophocles has a tragic hero in all of his tragedy plays....   [tags: Sophocles, Oedipus, Oedipus at Colonus, Creon]

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Sophocles ' The Play ' Antigone '

- Antigone Dilemma The play Antigone, written by Sophocles in 442 B.C.E, follows the protagonist Antigone as she defies her king’s rules to bury her dead brother. Antigone’s two brothers had struggled over who should rule the kingdom and sit on the throne. The two could not agree with one another on who should rule the kingdom. This feud leads to the two brothers attacking one another with their armies and killing one another. Because one of the brothers went to a neighboring city and recruited foreign soldiers to attack the kingdom he was labeled a traitor....   [tags: Morality, English-language films, Sophocles]

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Antigone and the Characterization of Women

- Throughout history, women have always stood in the shadows of men. In many cultures, the role of a woman was to be seen and not heard. One of the first "heard" females was as I believe Antigone, of Sophocles’. Antigone, was the descendant of Oedipus. When her brothers Eteocles and Polynices killed one another, Creon, king of Thebes, forbade the rebel Polynices’ burial. However, Antigone disobeyed him, performed the burial, and was condemned to death for what she had done. Thru her actions she displayed vast uniqueness of a great female leader....   [tags: Cellular Respiration, ]

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The Tragedy Of Antigone By Sophocles

- Aristotle’s definition of a tragic hero is someone who makes an improper judgment where their fate leads them to their own destruction. One of the most important and eye-catching tragic heroes in the play is Antigone, a strong woman who is determined to give her brother Polyneices the burial he needs. In the play Antigone, by Sophocles, the reader learns about how Antigone’s loyalty to the gods, her disloyalty to King Creon, and her stubbornness leads to her ruin through her heroic traits and tragic flaws....   [tags: Tragic hero, Sophocles, Oedipus]

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Tragedy in Antigone by Sophocles and Blackfish

- Karl Marx, the German philosopher, once said “History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.” For me, this quote clearly describes the overarching relationship between Blackfish and Antigone. This analogy starts with Antigone, written about an oppressed woman against the fists of tyranny. That early in history woman’s rights was often taboo at places, and democracy was only recently established. Yet, Antigone went against the norm by focusing on a heroine that challenged male authority and nobility, thus making it revolutionary....   [tags: Seaworld, tragedy, impact]

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The Tragic Hero Of Sophocles ' Antigone

- In the tragic play, Antigone, Sophocles warns his audience against defying the will of the gods. As a result of a clash between the laws of the state of Thebes and the unwritten laws of the gods, main characters Antigone and Creon experience downfalls characteristic of the Aristotelian tragic hero. Antigone meets her demise because of her decision to bury her brother and hold herself accountable for her actions. While her defiant actions may be characteristic of an ambitious tragic hero, Creon’s unwavering pride and series of offenses towards the gods lead him to an arguably more tragic downfall of his own....   [tags: Tragic hero, Sophocles, Tragedy, Oedipus]

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The Tragic Hero: Creon or Antigone?

- In the Greek tragedy Antigone, the characters Antigone and Creon can both be thought of as the tragic hero of the play. Though Antigone does show some of these characteristics of a tragic hero, Creon demonstrates the attributes more clearly and concisely. Creon is the King of Thebes, as well as the uncle of Antigone. Creon took the throne after a tragic quarrel between his two nephews, Eteocles and Polyneices. Despite his harsh governing and his crude ideals, he is not good or bad. Creon is the tragic hero of the play Antigone, because of his superiority in his society, his nobility, and his tragic flaw, self-pride....   [tags: Character Analysis, Greek, Classics]

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The manifestation of violence in Antigone

- Introduction The notion of violence by means of theme, language, staging, chorus and characterization is manifested in Sophocles’ Antigone. As suggested by Hannah Arendt (1969: 243) in her essay On Violence, “violence cannot be derived from power, in order to understand it, we must examine its roots and nature.” Violence can only be discussed when accompanied by a discussion of power. Walter Benjamin states “violence can first be sought only in the realm of means, not of ends” (1921:277) and relates violence to law and justice....   [tags: Sophocles, Violence, Theme, Language, Staging]

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The Tragic Heros in Sophocles' Antigone

- In Sophocles' Antigone, the question of whom the real tragic hero comes into play. Antigone possesses all the aspects of a tragic hero. Creon possesses many qualities of a tragic hero, but doesn’t totally fit in the role. These traits include: not being overly “wholesome or corrupt”, being persistent in their actions, developing pity in the audience or reader- especially in the beginning of the story, and having a major flaw that is their ultimate downfall. Antigone possesses all of these traits therefore qualifying as the tragic hero....   [tags: immoral, heroine, death]

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Sophocles ' Antigone Vs. Creon

- Tragic Character: Antigone vs. Creon According to Aristotle, tragedy requires an admirable hero with power and in a high state, but more importantly, he or she possesses a tragic flaw that leads to their downfall. This tragic flaw most closely relates to a character’s hubris, excessive pride in themselves or their judgment. But sometimes a character cannot be categorized as tragic, and one can argue whether or not the tragic character violates the requirements. In Sophocles’ Antigone Creon and Antigone serve as tragic characters in the play; however, Creon’s character exemplifies Aristotle’s theory of tragedy....   [tags: Tragedy, Sophocles, Poetics, Character]

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Antigone By Sophocles : A Greek Tragedy

- The play Antigone by Sophocles is a Greek tragedy that focuses on a family and a city that has experienced great upheaval in recent years. Out of the ashes of war fought between two brothers, Eteocle and Polynice (sons of Oedipus), their uncle Creon is now ruler of the city of Thebes. Creon’s first order as the new king is that Polynice, the rebel brother, will not be sanctified by holy rites and will lie unburied on the battlefield whereas Eteocle will be honored and buried with respect. Oedipus’s two surviving children, Ismene and Antigone, remain in Thebes and under their uncle’s care....   [tags: Oedipus, Creon, Sophocles, Hanging]

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Analysis Of ' Antigone ' By Sophocles

- The will to protect The story of “Antigone” by Sophocles takes place after the banishment of Oedipus when his two boys Polyneices and Eteocles killing each other in a battle over the thrown. This causes a disruption of emotions and personalities which causes them to change; Whether it is absolute willpower, stubbornness, and the act of protection. We can find many of these changes in Ismene and the other characters. We see Ismene’s intentions is the beginning of the of the play when Antigone asks for help with something that is deemed forbidden....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus, Creon]

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The Tragedy Of Sophocles ' Antigone

- Like all of the great writer Sophocles’ others plays, Antigone can be characterized as a tragedy. Sophocles majorly impacted Greek dramatics by bringing a female character in as a main, dynamic character. Antigone’s plot stems around the titular character’s decision to go against King Creon’s orders by performing the proper burial rites for her brother, honoring the gods. To her, honoring her sibling and pleasing the gods is more important than abiding by law. Sophocles proved to be a visionary innovator by introducing a major female antagonist to Greek drama....   [tags: Tragedy, Sophocles, Oedipus, Woman]

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Analysis Of ' Antigone ' Others ' And Responsibility

- Antigone “Others” and Responsibility As we experience others we have an ethical responsibility attached to us. In this paper I will discuss John Russon’s main arguments about responsibility and experiences with others that are presented in his works Human Experience and Bearing Witness to Epiphany. After analyzing his arguments I will argue how Russon’s ideas are presented in Sophocles play Antigone, particular Antigone’s responsibility between her brothers and her city, and Creon’s failure to find the other....   [tags: Human, Morality, Ethics, Meaning of life]

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The On The Texts Sophocles ' Antigone

- This essay will briefly explain my point of view on the texts Sophocles, Antigone translated by Paul Woodruff and Plato, The Apology translated by Benjamin Jowett. Mainly focusing on when Antigone refused to obey the king 's command not to bury her brother with Socrates ' refusal to obey the Athenian court if it commands him not to engage in philosophy. I think that in actual fact Socrates and Antigone were both strong influential individuals of their time, because they had confidence in God which lead them too stand up for what was right and with all their strength never backed down from death....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Law, Philosophy]

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Antigone And Creon, Fiance Or Cousin?

- Antigone and Haemon; fiancé or cousin. Antigone, the product of incest between her mother Jocasta and father Oedipus, is now faced with the fact that she may have to keep the tradition going with the marriage of her first cousin, Haemon. The difference is that they both know they are related, something her parents did not know until it was too late. Antigone is scheduled to wed, but that may cost her a lot in return. Antigone must evaluate her life and reason with herself if she should marry Haemon or decide another way out....   [tags: Marriage, Family, Adultery, Consanguinity]

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Questioning the Fate of Antigone

- I chose to write my essay over a topic revolving around the question of whether Antigone’s death could have been saved or whether it was even changeable. The article The Death of Antigone wrote by Joseph S. Morgan gives opinions by the writer that suggests answers to these questions. Joseph explains the opinion of scholars that suggest that Creon could have chosen the fate of Antigone or Creon was unable to save Antigone. He does not seem to agree or disagree with the opinions being held, rather explaining why each opinion is not questionable....   [tags: Joseph S Morgan, The Death of Creon]

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Conformity and Rebellion in Antigone

- ... Think what Creon will do!” (469). Ismene is telling Antigone that she is scared of burying Polynices behind Creon’s back, because if they get caught they will be punished greatly. Ismene and everybody else in Thebes are scared of Creon’s power and strength. However, in the same conversation because Antigone and Ismene, Antigone claims,” Creon is not strong enough to stand in my way” (469). The one thing that is keeping Antigone from accomplishing her goal is Creon’s impact on the people. Though, she says that Creon can’t stop her, Antigone is wrong because Creon has stopped her until the end of the story where he eventually decides to bury Polynices out of grief....   [tags: conflict, change, mistakes, rebel]

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The Tragic Hero in Sophocles´Antigone

- In Greek tragedies, tragedians always establish a tragic hero who descends from grace due to a fatal flaw as well as someone who is of nobility. Moreover this character may also experience peripeteia, anagnorisis, and of course, a terrible ending (“Tragic Hero as Defined by Aristotle”). One Greek tragedy that involves a tragic hero is Sophocles’ Antigone which portrays two characters who strive for what they believe in, either state law or divine law, which leads to their demise. These two characters are King Creon and Antigone....   [tags: Flaws, Pride]

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The Tragedy Of Antigone By William Shakespeare

- Antigone, a play that was written 2500 years ago, is still relevant today. It was a play about how a person who goes against the rules of society is treated. Antigone the protagonist of the play is left to die in a cave when she opposes the rule set forth by the king. Antigone, a play which has many themes that are still relevant today. Honor or self esteem is one such theme that goes on in the play. Kreon acts as the one who considers himself above all and makes a law that would not let anyone bury Polynices....   [tags: Woman, Gender]

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Analysis Of ' Antigone ' And ' Hamlet '

- Antigone and Hamlet are two distinctive tragedies, written by two different authors, in two separate centuries, yet both stories have considerable aspects in common. Antigone is about a girl who stands up to her uncle, the new King Kreon, after he refuses to bury one of her dead brothers, Polynieces, because she believes not burying him in wrong, especially on a spiritual level. Antigone is a tragic heroine because her tragic flaw, tenacious loyalty, leads to the down fall of not only herself, but more importantly her beloved fiancé, Haemon, and also his mother....   [tags: Tragic hero, Hamlet, Characters in Hamlet]

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The Death Of Antigone And Creon

- The main theme of the entire play centers around the viewpoints of Antigone and Creon as they argue over whose law is the correct law. They both disagree with each other regarding their view on how a decision should be made regarding the death of Antigone’s brother, Polynices. She believes that the gods decreed that all men should be buried upon their death, whereas Creon thinks that Polynices should be charged for treason and anyone who thinks that he should get a proper burial should be sentenced to death....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Decision making, Creon]

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The Tragedy Of Sophocles ' Antigone

- In Sophocles ' play Antigone, the city of Thebes was left to Polyneices and Eteocles to share. A war between Polyneices and Eteocles for control of the throne erupted, and killed them both. Creon was left in power and declared that Polyneices would not be buried. As a sister of Polyneices and Eteocles, Antigone challenged Creon’s decree and attempted to bury Polyneices; resulting in her punishment of death, that indirectly lead to the deaths of Haemon and Eurydice. The repetition of death portrayed that life was weak, and suicide was the only control the characters had over fate....   [tags: Oedipus, Creon, Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus]

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The Tragedy Of Sophocles ' Antigone

- Hegel’s perspective of Sophocles’ Antigone is accurate in stating that at the center of the tragedy there is a collision between one-sided positions rather than one tragic hero. In Sophocles’ Antigone, two sides battle over the proper way to dispose of a person who was both a family member and an enemy of the state. Both sides embody some good, as King Kreon was acting to protect the kingdom from an enemy and Antigone was trying to honor her brother with a proper burial. When analyzed from different perspectives, both sides are equally justified....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, State, Seven Against Thebes]

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Conflicts Of Antigone By Sophocles

- There are many conflicts that occur in Antigone by Sophocles. Many of these conflicts are man versus man and man versus self. There is one main conflict, which is man versus government, that leads to the several other conflicts that occur in the play. The overarching conflict forces many of the main characters to make decisions that test their strength, loyalty, piety, and integrity. The overarching conflict that will mold the rest of the plot occurs when Antigone is in conflict with Creon. This conflict is representative of family versus government....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Creon, Oedipus at Colonus]

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The True Tragic Hero of Antigone

- What makes a hero. In our society, a hero is thought of as a tall man who wears a cape and has super powers, but to the Greeks, it was very different. In every Greek tragedy, there is the tragic hero, defined by Aristotle as a character who is an extraordinary person, with both good and bad qualities. Although the character reaches a level of insight, a tragic flaw, such as hamartia, leads to their failure in the end. A perfect example of this can be found in Sophocles’ trilogy, The Theban Plays which follows the struggling city of Thebes and the efforts of its rulers to escape their misfortune....   [tags: Greek Tragedy, Character Analysis]

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Analysis Of ' Antigone ' By Sophocles

- Antigone For this paper we had to read and write about the play Antigone written by Sophocles. This play is about a tragedy between a family who do not agree on the same thing, which in the end hurts everyone. With that being said I wanted to make my paper around the theme of Justice. Justice is represented in this play very well, because the characters in this play have different views on justice. This play has two main characters, Antigone and Creon. Both believed that they are right and are doing the right thing, when it comes to the burial of Polynices....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Law, Creon]

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The Death Of Antigone By William Shakespeare

- Creon was the uncle of Antigone, Eteocles, Polynices and Ismene. He became King of Thebes after his Nephew’s died after battling over control over the city. Creon is the kind of man that believes in law and authority as he rules over the city of Thebes. He does not believe in bending the rules for any of the people in his city not even for his own niece Antigone. Antigone defies her uncle Creon after he passed a law that his own nephew Polynices would not have a proper burial after he battled against the city of Thebes....   [tags: Oedipus, Creon, Polynices, Haemon]

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The Notions of Justice in The Republic and Antigone

- Within two classical works of philosophical literature, notions of justice are presented plainly. Plato’s The Republic and Sophocles’ Antigone both address elements of death, tyranny and immorality, morality, and societal roles. These topics are important elements when addressing justice, whether in the societal representation or personal representation. Antigone uses the concept of death in many ways when unfolding the tragic story of Antigone and her rebellion. The most obvious way is how death is used as a form of capital punishment and justice against state-dubbed criminals and wrongdoers....   [tags: creon, justice, morality, plato]

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Compliance Is Not Enough For Antigone

- However, compliance is not enough for Antigone. The desire to honor her brother goes way beyond her instinct to protect herself. Antigone finally accepts that her sister is not going to help her in her mission: “Go be the person you’ve chosen to be./ I’ll bury Polyneices myself. I’ll do/ what’s honorable, and then I’ll die.” (Antigone lines 84-85) This statement proves that Antigone is aware of what the consequences for her actions will be. She comprehends that choosing to defy the government by honoring her brother will end in certain death, and she seems at peace with her decision....   [tags: Sibling, Family, Civil disobedience, Oedipus]

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The Tragedy Of Sophocles ' Antigone

- Gender and power intersect in shaping the tragedy of Sophocles’ Antigone. Despite Creon’s edict that Polyneices should be left to rot in the battlefield for being a traitor, Antigone defies the rule of man to obey the rule of the gods and her obligation as kin, as she properly buries her brother. Creon and Antigone can be both argued as tragic heroes, but the focus dwells on the King of Thebes. A line has been specifically selected to explain why he is a tragic hero. The context of the line is that Haemon pledges allegiance to his father, who criticizes women, in general, but attacks Antigone, in specific....   [tags: Tragedy, Sophocles, Tragic hero, Poetics]

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The Tragic Hero Of Sophocles ' Antigone

- In Sophocle’s play Antigone, Creon fits all the traits of a tragic hero according to Aristotle’s definition. A tragic hero is a literary character who judges wrongly which creates his or her own downfall. Creon is the new king of Thebes and he will not allow any criminal activity, not even from his family. When Creon’s niece Antigone decides to go against Creon’s law he punishes her by burying her alive in a tomb; by doing so Creon is creating a recipe for disaster. Creon does not realize who else it will affect by putting Antigone to death, nor does he understand that he in turn paved the road to his own downfall....   [tags: Poetics, Tragic hero, Oedipus, Anagnorisis]

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The Epic Of Gilgamesh, The Odyssey, And Antigone

- Literature is defined as written works that have lasting artistic merit. Stories such as The Epic of Gilgamesh, Genesis, The Odyssey, and Antigone are considered pieces of literature. All of these stores follow the protagonists on a journey, whether that journey is a pursuit for immortality, or to simply bury a fallen brother, depends on the story. The Epic of Gilgamesh, Genesis, The Odyssey, and Antigone, despite their similarities and differences, are very meaningful and teach readers important lessons....   [tags: Epic of Gilgamesh, Ishtar, Odyssey, Cain and Abel]

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Creon 's King And Antigone

-      Creon’s Change of Character   Creon’s character in “Oedipus the King” and “Antigone” have many similarities and some notable differences. Creon’s character in Oedipus the King, shows that he has a great sense of duty and family. In “Oedipus the King”, Creon is also shown to be very merciful, level-headed and responsible to some extent. In “Antigone”, Creon still upholds his great sense of duty and family, but is shadowed by his niece and the protagonist of “Antigone”, Antigone. Creon is shadowed by his Antigone because she is perceived to be the protagonist of “Antigone”,while Creon, being against Antigone, makes him the antagonist, although he just wants to uphold the laws that were se...   [tags: Oedipus, Creon, Sophocles, Oedipus the King]

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The Tragic Hero Of Sophocles ' Antigone

- Aristotle once mentioned, “A man doesn 't become a hero until he can see the root of his own downfall.” Throughout society, tragic heroes are always present within every type of literature. A tragic hero is depicted as someone who makes a judgement which leads to his or her own destruction. They follow the five characteristics in which they are born from nobility, are doomed to make the wrong judgement, possess a tragic flaw, are responsible for their own fate, and lastly convey emotions to the audience....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Tragic hero, Oedipus the King]

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Oedipus The King And Antigone

- A tragic hero is shown in both the plays Oedipus the King and Antigone written by Sophocles. Oedipus and Antigone are both tragic heroes with many similarities and differences. Antigone, however is more of a true modern hero rather than an ancient Greek tragic hero. Oedipus is self-confident, intelligent, and strong willed. Ironically these are the very traits which bring about his tragic discovery. Antigone is a strong person and will not give into orders. She doesn 't care what happens to her because the most important thing to her is that she does what is the right thing to do hence her brother may have a good after life....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Jocasta, Oedipus the King]

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Analysis Of ' Antigone ' By Jean Anouilh

- Feminism is a large issue in present day while it was not such an important idea throughout history. Man was historically stronger, smarter, and more useful than woman. As it turns out, that idea is incorrect although at the time that “Antigone” by Jean Anouilh was written, this idea was widely accepted by both man and woman. The play itself is about breaking what is law to do what is right, but under all of that lies the true theme of man vs. woman. Antigone is set out to see how far a woman can push a man before a war is started....   [tags: Gender role, Gender, Woman, Oedipus]

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Sophocles´ Antigone and Euripides´ The Bacchae

- Sophocles’ Antigone and Euripides’ The Bacchae are indubitably plays of antitheses and conflicts, and this condition is personified in the manifestation of their characters, each completely opposed to the other. Both tragedians reveal tensions between two permanent and irreconcilable moral codes; divine law represented by Antigone and Dionysus and human law represented by Creon and Pentheus. The central purpose is evidently the association of law which has its consent in political authority and the law which has its consent in the private conscience, the association of obligations imposed on human beings as citizens and members of state, and the obligations imposed on them in the home as mem...   [tags: conflicts, divine law, nature law]

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Antigone : A Strong Female Character

- Power is defined as “the capacity or ability to direct or influence the behavior of others or the course of events.” by the dictionary. Unfortunately, these influences paved the way for certain events that followed, leading to tragedy in Antigone. Antigone is a strong female character that choses to go against the decree of the King Creon by refusing to let her brother, Polynices, remain unburied and without traditional burial rituals. Tiresias, a blind prophet, advises King Creon against his stubbornness and challenges Creon’s power by predicting the outcome of tragedy if King Creon does not adhere to his words....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Death, Tiresias]

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Roles of Women in Antigone

- Roles of Women in the Greek Tragedy Antigone Despite the male dominant society of Ancient Greece, the women in Sophocles’ play Antigone all express capabilities of powerful influence and each individually possess unique characteristics, showing both similarities and contrasts. The women in the play are a pivotal aspect that keeps the plot moving and ultimately leads to the catharsis of this tragedy. Beginning from the argument between Antigone and Ismene to Eurydice’s suicide, a male takes his own life and another loses everything he had all as a result of the acts these women part take in....   [tags: Greek tragedy analysis]

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The True Tragic Hero of Antigone

- Has your pride ever stopped you from doing something. In Sophicles play Antigone. The king Creon indirectly kills his whole family by being stubborn and not listening to others opinions. Throughout his journey he displays the characteristics of Aristotle; tragic hero. These include being extraordinary, having good and bad sides, a tragic flaw, becoming aware of his mistakes and failing miserably in the end. Creon evolves a lot in this story and even though it ends tragically, he becomes a better person by the end....   [tags: Greek Tragedy, Character Analysis]

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Family Vs. Country in Antigone

- Antigone and Creon are the main and most opinionated actors in the play Antigone. They are both passionate about their beliefs and values. Being stubborn plays a key role in the conflict because they don’t try to come to an agreement nor see eye to eye. Although they have opposite opinions, a compromise is still possible because they both value the gods very strongly. They are also firm believers of loyalty and loyal to their beliefs. Antigone thought Polynices should have the respectful burial that he deserves because that it something one needs to be with the gods....   [tags: beliefs, values, stubborn, loyalty, compromise]

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Sophocles ' Antigone And Lysistrata

- The plays Antigone and Lysistrata contain aspects that can represent similarities and differences. In these plays, the protagonists are women, Lysistrata, and Antigone, who are both resilient and courageous women who challenge the gender roles of their time. However, one aspect that makes these plays different from each other is the communicated thought of who is exactly is the proper woman. In the time period of when these two plays were written, women basically had no basic rights they were to follow proper concepts expected of a woman of that age....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus]

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Fate in Antigone, Beowulf, and the World

- The concept of fate in the lives of men and woman is something that has been around for as long as history has been recorded. However it feels like fate works better as a tool for writers through the ages, than as a way to know the true path of people’s lives. Religion is something that has been interwoven with fate, however the concept can be too easily manipulated in the world for it to tell the story of an entire life. In the end, the only thing that all men and women are fated to do is die, and even that is not determined until the day that it happens....   [tags: religion, death, fame]

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Antigone and Oedipus by Sophocles

- “Antigone & Oedipus” By Sophocles are great stories of Tragedy and adversity. Creon, Oedipus and Antigone are truly engaged in struggle with reality, destiny and self-pity, for life. “Oedipus The King” is the tragic story of a man of a noble structure but is triggered by great tragedies and realities of him-self that shatter his existence. From the beginning of the story Oedipus is shown as a noble caring man. He is greatly worried about the plague in Thebes “but my spirit grieves for the city, for myself and all of you” he tells the priest and his people of Thebes, however He is also impetuous and suspicious of the motive of His friends; But these flaws may not be considered as a reason to...   [tags: Tragedy, Creon, Oedipus]

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Antigone and Oedipus by Sophocles

- “Antigone & Oedipus” By Sophocles are great stories of Tragedy and adversity. Creon, Oedipus and Antigone are truly engaged in struggle with reality, destiny and self-pity, for life. “Oedipus The King” is the tragic story of a man of a noble structure but is triggered by great tragedies and realities of him-self that shatter his existence. From the beginning of the story Oedipus is shown as a noble caring man. He is greatly worried about the plague in Thebes “but my spirit grieves for the city, for myself and all of you” he tells the priest and his people of Thebes, however He is also impetuous and suspicious of the motive of His friends; But these flaws may not be considered as a reason to...   [tags: Creon, Tragedy, Adversity]

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Justice and Social Order in Antigone

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The Tragedy Antigone by Sophocles

- The play “Antigone” by Sophocles is a good tragedy and its quality can be supported by one of the most influential philosophers, Aristotle. Aristotle composed a list of criteria required for a good tragedy. This composition is called the “Theory of Tragedy”. This is a summary of qualities has withheld the test of time and can still be used to analyze a written tragedy. This summary breaks down the essentials for a good tragedy including specific requirements for plot, character, thought, dicition, chorus and spectacle....   [tags: plot, characters, diction]

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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 ]

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Antigone

- I. SUBJECT Antigone is a play about a woman who disobeyed the King's order to not bury her brother. The play was written by the famous Greek tragedian, Sophocles, in 441 B.C. The story took place in the city of Thebes and the time period is not mentioned. The main characters introduced in the play are of Antigone, Ismene, Creon, and Haemon. The primary focus was centered on Antigone and the consequences she faces after breaking the King's orders. In the beginning, the author introduced Antigone and her sister, Ismene, and their argument about their recently deceased brother....   [tags: Greek, Sophocles]

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Analyzing Antigone and Creon

- Sophocles play titled Antigone, embellishes the opposing conflicts between Antigone who stands for the values of family, and Creon who stands for the values of state. Sophocles explores the depths of Antigone’s morality and the duty based on consequence throughout the play, as well as the practical consequences of Creon who is passionate and close-minded. Although Antigone’s moral decisions appear to be more logical and favorable than Creon’s, a personal argument would be that both characters’ decisions in society can be equally justified....   [tags: Theatre]

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Antigone

- Antigone, a story of broken family ties and conflicting motivations, can be twisted to tell two entirely different stories, and this is what happed when Anouilh rewrote Sophocles' classic. While both Sophocles and Anouilh told the story of Antigone, through subtle changes in the style of the drama, each author was able to produce a product that told a significantly different and intimate tale conducive to their personal or political situation at that time. Structure is one of the various components of the two versions of Antigone that set the pieces apart with just slight alterations....   [tags: Social Issues, Family Ties, Conflicts]

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The Tragic Hero Of Sophocles ' Antigone

- A person once said, “The Antigone [is] one of the most sublime and in every respect most excellent works of art of all time” (Hegel). The play Antigone [is] written in the 6th century by the writer Sophocles (Willocks). Sophocles is a play writer and he made tragedies more complex. A tragedy always ends in defeat or death, has a hero who is confronted by hostile forces and has a tragic hero who has to make a choice difficult moral choice. The main character is usually the tragic heroine. A tragic hero is a person who has a dramatic change in fortune, morally good, heroic in stature or social position, true to life and consistent (Willocks)....   [tags: Tragedy, Tragic hero, Sophocles, Suicide]

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The Tragedy Of Sophocles ' Antigone

- The story of Antigone is one most prevalent of its time in providing a background of the destructive times of Thebes. Thebes is considered one of the most influential city-states due to the substantial historical contents it provides of ancient Greece. For example, according to Greek mythology, Thebes was the birthplace of Greek God Heracles and the God of wine and pleasure, Dionysus. Most importantly the resting grounds for mythical king Oedipus whose ' story foretells the importance of Greek prophecies and oracles.The trilogy of Oedipus from Sophocles is a series about a group of plays beginning with Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Colonus and ending with Antigone....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Oedipus the King]

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The Tragedy Of Sophocles ' Antigone

- The saying “Pride goes before a fall” best describes the character of Creon, he is very proud and it’s his pride that causes his downfall. Hubris can be defined as overweening pride or presumption, excessive arrogance and self-confidence. It’s recognized as a common flaw (hamartia) in human character in ancient Greek tragedy. Creon is the center character in the play “Antigone”, and he suffers from this flaw. He is the tragic hero blinded by his hubris and ego. He later fails to acknowledge he was wrong early enough to repair his evil, he realizes that only at the end of the play....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Tragedy, Oedipus at Colonus]

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