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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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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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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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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

- ... It can be seen as an act of the gods. The sentry finishes his statement with “no traces of anyone”, which shows how the gods could have tried to cover Antigone attempt to giving her brother a proper burial. Antigone’s disloyalty to King Creon causes her to remain positive that the gods will stay by her side. She does not seem to care whether her brother is seen as a traitor. Antigone knows that her brother is family, and irrespective of who the person is, everyone should get a burial. Her views on King Creon are depicted when she says, “Creon is not strong enough to stand in my way,”(191)....   [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: 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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Antigone By Sophocles : A Greek Tragedy

- ... Bonnie Honig dissects Creon’s character and explains that Sophocles made up Creon with traits of a “typical tyrannical to a mid-fifth-century Greek aristocrat, as represents the times democratic order” (9). He sees his struggle with Antigone is about more than a burial and a body, it’s also about the collective coexistence and the recalcitrance of a rival form of life (9). Antigone’s defiance is so detrimental to him as a new ruler. He must make it known that he has control. Thebes at this point had just found peace after years of waging war and everything is still in shambles, so Creon must be firm in order for the city not to fall into chaos....   [tags: Oedipus, Creon, Sophocles, Hanging]

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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 Death Of Antigone And Creon

- ... The mythology is a perfect representation of how a ruler must listen to both sides of an argument before arriving at a final decision and how purely peer pressure and laws that he made on his own should not deter his decision. In an article written by Taki Theodoracopulos, Antigone has been compared to the real world personalities and issues that are plaguing present day mankind. He mentions he went to see the play ‘Antigone’ and he was so mesmerized by the sheer wordings and the message of the play that he felt obliged to compare the mythology to the world leaders and superpowers of today....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Decision making, Creon]

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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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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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The Tragic Hero Of Sophocles ' Antigone

- ... However, if Creon had just reconsider his punishment and law without thinking about his pride, then the citizens wouldn’t have despised and be afraid of him. In fact, they would have had understood him and his decision. As a tragic hero is responsible for his own fate, Creon’s decision to punish Antigone plays a role in his horrible fate of losing his family. After the death of Polyneices and Eteocles, Creon forbids anyone from burying Polyneices by creating a rule where whoever buries Polyneices will be stoned to death....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Tragic hero, Oedipus the King]

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Oedipus The King And Antigone

- ... The Greeks believed that it was of most importance to bury a person who died in battle therefore that their soul may continue on in the afterlife. Antigone is willing to risk her own life so that Polyneices can have a proper burial, she strongly feels he deserved; "but I will bury him: and if I must die, I say that this crime is holy” (Antigone, 57-59). Having a fatal flaw is one of the characteristics of a Greek tragic hero. Antigone 's fatal flaw is her stubborn behavior” She shows her father’s stubborn spirit” (Chorus, 139)....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Jocasta, Oedipus the King]

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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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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

- Glorified overeating. Two words that together create the ultimate oxymoron, in a society obsessed with body image. Adam Richman, the host of the popular television program Man v. Food, is showing his viewers the sport in eating. Each episode this attractive and far from obese man eats a humanly impossible quantity of food. The feat quickly escalates into a spectacle, with chanting fans and opponents salted and deep-fried. The spectacle of overeating has been transformed into a sport and one celebrated by the media....   [tags: Greek Life, Epidemic]

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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

- ... This is a tragic flaw because his judgment is not always right. His judgment is the reason his wife and son kills themselves. It is also the reason why his fate took a turn for the worst. By saying this it shows how he made a hamartia. An anagnorisis is a realization of situation when the tragic hero moves from ignorance to enlightenment. (Willocks). Creon realizes that he made an irreversible mistake of his own doing. The change from ignorance to enlightenment includes Creon’s realization of his tragic flaw, how it caused his downfall, how his actions have affected the lives of others....   [tags: Tragedy, Tragic hero, Sophocles, Suicide]

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The Tragedy Of Sophocles ' Antigone

- ... Especially after his wife Jocasta attempts to explain to him that a prophet once said her that her beloved husband Laius would be killed by their son but, according to Jocasta the prophecy was false because the baby was left abandoned to die and Laius winded up being killed by a group of robbers at a crossroads. Still, Oedipus then becomes more worry at her remarks because he recalls killing a man at a crossroads before arriving to Thebes himself. Therefore determined to find out the truth, he sends out to find the only witness to the murder, a shepherd....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Oedipus the King]

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Creon's Role in Antigone

- Creon in the play of Antigone by Sophocles plays a major role within the play. Antigone also plays an important role, as these two character’s conflicting views led to utter disaster, which highlights Creon as a tragic figure. Within the play Creon attempted to establish decisions for the common good; however, his decisions resulted in tragedy. Creon highlighted as the tragic figure, initially created decisions he thought was for the welfare and well-being of Thebes; however, Antigone, who rebelled against Creon’s decisions, caused Creon’s rage to cloud his rational way of thinking....   [tags: Creon as tragic figure]

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Every Decision Counts: Antigone

- ... Their actions of making impetuous decisions is the reason why they are to blame for the tragic events towards the end of the play. After Ismene refuses Antigone’s idea of burying Polyneices, Antigone argues, “I will bury him; and if I must die,/ I say that this crime is holy: I shall lie down/ With him in death,” (I.Prologue.55-7). Although Antigone is being a good sibling to Polyneices, by fighting for his burial, she does not think thoroughly about her rebellious ways. If Antigone dies, Ismene will be left alone and if Ismene helps her, Antigone and Ismene will both be sentenced....   [tags: Sophocles play analysis]

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Comparison of A Doll's House and Antigone

- “The Empowered Woman, she moves through the world with a sense of confidence and grace. Her once reckless spirit now tempered by wisdom. Quietly, yet firmly, she speaks her truth without doubt or hesitation and the life she leads is of her own creation.” --Excerpt from ‘The Empowered Woman’ by Sonny Carroll In my mind, Sonny Carroll’s poem perfectly represents what an empowered woman should be; firm, determined and able to stand on her own feet. The characters of Nora and Antigone, from Henrik Ibsen’s ‘A Doll’s House’ and Sophocles’ ‘Antigone’ respectively, completely fit my description of ‘the empowered woman’....   [tags: The Empowered Woman, Sonny Carroll]

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Oedipus Rex and Antigone by Sophocles

- It is said, “There is a fine line between arrogance and confidence.” As a leader or ruler those lines may be even more blurred than in regular society. In the plays Oedipus Rex and Antigone both written by Sophocles, Oedipus and Creon both have episodes of arrogance that take control of their judgment and become their downfall. However, it is not how they rule that is the problem, but rather how they deal with the adverse effects of the decisions after learning all of the facts. Moreover, their pride takes control of them consuming their emotions and not allowing them the necessary judgment needed to make better rational decisions....   [tags: blind pride]

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Antigone

- Sophocles’ theme is traversed throughout the trilogy showing how Sophocles views a tragic hero. It is essential to first know the background information behind Antigone in order to fully comprehend the story. Two new characters are introduced in the previous play, Oedipus in Colonus. The story, Oedipus Rex, leaves off with Creon banishing Oedipus from Thebes. Because of his suffering, Oedipus exits Thebes as a humbled and god-centered individual. At the time, society expected the son to foster the wellbeing of a parent, especially if he or she was disabled....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Sophocles]

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The Family Tragedy: Antigone

- A tragedy is defined as a dramatic composition, often in verse, dealing with a serious or somber theme, typically that of a great person destined through a flaw of character or conflict with some overpowering force, as fate or society, to downfall or destruction. The play Antigone by Sophocles displays many qualities that prove to form into the epitome of a tragedy. Tragedy is usually marked with a person of great standing—in this case, a King—who falls because of hubris, or extreme pride. Antigone proves to live up to both of these definitions which is proven through its themes....   [tags: Sophocles, story analysis]

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A Doll’s House and Antigone

- Discuss the Concept of the sins of the father in relation to A Doll’s House and Antigone The concept of inherited sin is in the most read book in human history appearing in the first chapter of the Holy Bible where Adam and Eve; original man and woman eat fruit from the Tree of Knowledge and are expulsed from Paradise. This is the original sin all humans have inherited thus being born into a state of sin. This theme of inheriting evil from your parents is central in Sophocles’ 442 Bce Greek Tragedy Antigone as it caused the problems that befall Antigone and her sister Ismene as well as influencing Haemon’s actions....   [tags: Character Analysis, World Literature]

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Antigone And The Holy Bible

- ... Antigone, as a character, is extremely strong-willed and loyal to her faith. Creon is similarly loyal, but rather to his homeland, the city of Thebes, instead of the gods. Both characters are dedicated to a fault, a certain stubbornness that effectively blinds them from the repercussions of their actions. Preceding the story, Antigone has been left to deal with the burden of her parents’ and both her brothers’ deaths. Merely a young child, intense grief is to be expected; however, Antigone’s emotional state is portrayed as frivolous when it leads her to directly disobey Creon’s orders....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, God, Bible]

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Antigone

- Full of drama and tragedy, Antigone can be used to relate to current conflicts. One such conflict is that between Haemon and his father Creon. Haemon looks up to Creon with honor and pride, but as conflict arises, that relation is disassociated and new feelings grow. The first conversation between them is what initiates the downfall of their bond. While it seems that Creon is the most important person in Haemon’s life, Antigone is in fact the one that has won Haemon over. Antigone, written by the Athenian Sophocles, is about a woman named Antigone who lives in a city named Thebes....   [tags: Theatre, Sophocles]

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Pride in the Play Antigone, by Sophocles

- The great Saint Augustine once said, “It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels” (Enchiridion of Augustine chap. 27). Hubris “a great or foolish amount of pride or confidence”. This is a very important word in the play and for the characters. It is displayed in the play because it makes it more interesting in so many ways. Many of the conflicts are caused because of hubris. In a way it is good to have pride, but an excessive amount of pride can be harmful....   [tags: Tragedy, Prideful]

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Antigone

- As the tragedy concludes, the chorus issues its final words: "Pray for no more at all. For what is destined for us, men mortal, there is no escape," demonstrating how justice remains impartial to the prejudice of men; those who make imprudent judgments will ultimately suffer from the consequences of their actions. In Sophocles' Antigone, these prejudices notably surface in the form of paternalism as demonstrated through Creon's government, highlighting the importance of gender roles throughout the play....   [tags: Theatre]

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The Consequences of Arrogance in Antigone by Sophocles

- Steffi Graf stated, “You can have a certain arrogance, and I think that's fine, but what you should never lose is the respect for the others.” This quote helps me prove that there's no point in someone having a high status, if they don’t treat their people right. They'll just get disrespect in return and become a low status in their people’s hearts. In Sophocles tragic play Antigone, King Creon’s self importance and high level of arrogance caused many consequences in the drama such as death itself and miscalculations of choice making....   [tags: power, ignorance, ego]

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Sophocles ' Antigone And Oedipus The King

- Overpowering and overbearing rulers can blur their judgment of what is right. Taking leadership to the extreme can cause a person to act in ways that do not correspond with their personal beliefs. This problem comes up a number of times in Sophocles plays, Antigone and Oedipus the king. Creon, the second king of Thebes, who is also the uncle of Antigone and Ismene, is a ruler who only cares for himself. Oedipus, the previous king, cares for the well- being of the people and views them as equals....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Jocasta, Creon]

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Antigone: Anarchist and Martyr

- In Antigone by Sophocles, Antigone is both an anarchist and a martyr, for different reasons. First off, there are many reasons that the girl could be considered an anarchist. An anarchist is one who wishes for no government, no higher power. So, there are many reasons why one could consider the girl an anarchist. The most obvious of these reasons being that she disobeyed the law, the law set by the king of Thebes, Creon. This law consisted of not being allowed to bury the man Polyneices, who was a traitor to Thebes, gathering an army after he was banished from his home city, to attack them, and then going to war against the city....   [tags: Ancient Literature]

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Antigone, Not Being Buried

- ... By defying her king, Antigone has placed her moral and religious values above her own life. A huge sacrifice is placing one’s life above their beliefs but some consider it the highest honor. In Antigone, “Yet how could I win a greater share of glory / than putting my own brother in his grave?” (1.2.547-548) displays the glory and honor she feels from burying her brother. When a society matures many of its people begin to question unjust laws and history has shown us that this is a good thing....   [tags: Law, Political philosophy, Oedipus, Government]

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Genesis, Job, And Antigone

- ... She goes ahead and buries her brother without her sister, Ismene 's help. Ultimately, Antigone’s punishment for disobedience is to be put to death. Adam and Eve were also severely punished in The Book of Genesis. They were given specific orders by God that they were allowed to eat from any bush or tree in the Garden of Eden, where they lived, except from the Tree of Knowledge. Being that Adam and Eve were created without intelligence, a serpent convinced Eve to take a bite and share with Adam the forbidden fruit....   [tags: Adam and Eve, Garden of Eden, Adam]

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The Characters of Antigone and Creon in Antigone by Sophocles

- The Characters of Antigone and Creon in Antigone by Sophocles Antigone is story of divine retribution and human imperfectness. In this tragedy a powerful king, Creon is brought down by the Gods because of his contempt against their divine laws and true justice is shown to triumph at the end. Creon makes the mistake of putting his personal views over and above the divine laws and fails in the eyes of the Gods. He makes the mistake of testing the Gods' power and the remaining story is basically the degeneration of Creon....   [tags: Papers]

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Lady Macbeth and Antigone

- The consequences of acts of rebellion against their patriarchal systems by Antigone and Lady Macbeth result in their premature deaths. Two women who exist in society as property of men, yet gather the courage to speak up in order to get what they want. Each of these characters uses her dainty hands in deliberate actions against their male counterparts in wild disregard for traditional rules. An inner spirit empowers them with silent force against the men of influence in their lives. Antigone claims her superiority over Creon in confession to Ismene, the chorus, and to the King himself....   [tags: premature deaths, power, honors]

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Context: Wisdom and Antigone

- Younger people have tended to look towards the elderly for wisdom and guidance since the beginning of recorded history and beyond. Students to teachers, children to parents, ordinary people to royalty and politicians – generally those who have lived longer are not only believed, but expected to have garnered more knowledge in their longer lives. Abraham Lincoln once said, “I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday. Also, in 2008 the Australian newspaper published an article detailing a study undertaken by the University of Aarhus in Denmark, which disproved the theory that the mind is at its peak in the late teens to mid-twenties....   [tags: philosophy]

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Antigone or Creon as the Tragic Hero in Antigone

- A tragic hero is a character in a play that is known for being dignified but has a flaw that assists in his or her downfall. Antigone is a Greek tragic piece written by Sophocles. In the theatrical production the use of power and morality versus law is evident. The promotion to the conflict was that Creon created a law in which enabled Polynieces, Antigone’s brother, to be buried in the proper way. As it is the way of the gods Antigone found it fit to bury her brother causing her to disobey the law of Thebes....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Themes of Antigone

- The Themes of Antigone Antigone is credited as one of the best works of Sophocles, ranked by most modern critics above Oedipus the King. There are many aspects of Antigone that make it the play critics love to ramble about. “Antigone must be received as the canon of ancient tragedy: no tragedy of antiquity that we possess approaches it in pure idealism, or in harmony of artistic development” says one critic named Berhardy. Tragedy is usually concerned with a person of great stature, a king or nobleman, who falls because of hubris, or extreme pride and Antigone is no exception....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Antigone's Masochism

- Masochist. What is a masochist. A masochist is someone who hurts themselves. A masochist not only hurts themselves, but they find pleasure in hurting themselves. A masochist is frowned upon by society. According to Dictionary.com masochism is “gratification gained from pain, deprivation, degradation, etc., inflicted or imposed on oneself, either as a result of one's own actions or the actions of others, especially the tendency to seek this form of gratification.” Modern day masochists enjoy cutting themselves, and many die from this....   [tags: Greek Play, Martyrdom]

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Antigone Summary

- Thebes was invaded by Oedipus’ son, Polynices, and his followers. As Oedipus predicted in the previous play, Polynices and his brother, Eteocles, killed each other during battle. Creon, the king of Thebes, ruled that Eteocles should have a proper burial with honors and Polynices, the invader, be left unburied to rot. Antigone was dejected with Creon’s ruling and decided to bury Polynices herself. She tried to enlist Ismene to help her, but Ismene was to afraid. Antigone furiously continued with the plan on her own....   [tags: Greek Literature]

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Actions, Characters and Hubris in Sophocles Antigone

- Antigone is the daughter of Oedipus. Antigone lives in a village named Thebes. The play Antigone displays Sophocles dramatic skills. Sophocles is a famous Greek writer who defines the golden age of classical Greek drama in the fifth century B.C. In the prologue of Antigone, Antigone pleads with her sister for her life. Antigone asks for Ismene’s help to bury their brother Polyneices (“Antigone”). After Oedipus dies Polyneices and Eteocles is supposed to share the throne. Eteocles never let Polyneices on the throne....   [tags: Literacy Analysis ]

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Antigone's Character

- Steeped in family drama, death, politics, and religion, Sophocles’ Antigone is a complex tragedy to say the least. The basic plot of the tragedy is the conflict between Antigone’s family principles and religious tradition and Creon’s embodiment of state and its authority (Scodel). It is on of three tragedies written by Sophocles that chronicle the life of Oedipus. It was written before Oedipus the King, but is a culmination of the events that occurred after Oedipus’ death (Norton 610). Antigone’s brothers, Eteocles and Polynices had battled over the throne of Thebes, resulting in the death of both (Lawall)....   [tags: Greek tragedy, Sophocles]

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The Importance of Antigone

- Why Antigone is Much More Important Than Creon The Tragedy of Antigone is not called Creon because Antigone is more important than Creon, she is more controversial, and she is more admirable. Antigone played a bigger role than Creon in that she defied the law and started the whole play’s chain of events, eventually leading to nearly everyone’s death. When the play starts, it starts with Antigone talking with her sister, Ismene. She talks about burying her brother, Polynices. Even though Ismene reminds her that this would be illegal, she goes ahead and buries Polynices anyways....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Important Role of Pride in Sophocles' Antigone

- In the novel Antigone by Sophocles, there is much betrayal in the novel, that a enormous quantity of the novel is generally about family, pride, and a drastic amount of drama. In the novel Antigone, the king Creon who was passed the thrown from Etocles because his brother Polynecies killed him for the ruling of Thebes but they both ended dying and Creon does not let anyone bury the body of Polynecies because he was a trader fighting against his brother and Thebes. Antiogone who is the sister of the brothers disobeys Creon and his order....   [tags: literary analysis, analytical essays]

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Analysis of Antigone by Sophodes and Jean Anouilh

- Context undoubtedly plays a major role in both the creation and the interpretation of literary works, as it dictates how the author and the audience relate the entities within the literary work with those in reality. Two versions of Antigone, each written by Sophocles and Jean Anouilh, exemplify the influence of context on the literary works; although both depict Antigone’s struggle to bury her brother Polynices against Creon’s edict, each version revolves around slightly different topics and is perceived differently....   [tags: context, literary, topices, perceived]

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Antigone Essay

- Antigone is a Greek tragedy written by Sophocles that has two tragic heroes, Antigone herself and Creon. A tragic hero is the main character in a tragedy that makes an error in his or her actions that leads to his or her downfall. Creon is the tragic hero in Antigone because he reveals all the characteristics of a tragic hero. Creon’s tragic flaw is his pride. Creon’s stubbornness, his abuse of power, and his actions that resulted in his downfall in the play are three of the ways in which Creon can be the tragic hero....   [tags: Greek Tragedy]

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The Immense Character Development in Antigone by Sophocles

- ... Her excessive pride to save her brother results in chaos for herself as well as those around her. Love and bravery for her family is a key factor for her determination to give her brother a proper burial. She shows immense loyalty and will power as she fights for her family name. Her endurance is extraordinary as she declares "Naturally. Since Zeus never promulgated such a law, nor will you find that Justice, Mistress of the world below, publishes such laws on humankind. I never thought your mortal edicts had such force they nullified the laws of heaven..." (Sophocles 38)....   [tags: pride, downfall, growth]

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The Tragic Heroes in Sophocles’ Tragedy, Antigone

- Aristotle’s definition of a tragic hero is someone of great importance or royalty. The hero must go through something terrible such as a relative’s death. We must feel what this character is feeling throughout the story. Aristotle also said that a tragic hero scan be defeated by a tragic flaw, such as hubris or human pride. In Sophocles’ tragedy Antigone, both Creon and Antigone are tragic heroes. In the play, Creon and Antigone can be seen as good or bad characters. Both of them show traits of justice....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Analytical Essay]

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Antigone vs. Creon

- In the Greek play Antigone writer Sophocles illustrates the clash between the story’s main character Antigone and her powerful uncle, Creon. King Creon of Thebes is an ignorant and oppressive ruler. In the text, there is a prevailing theme of rules and order in which Antigone’s standards of divine justice conflict with Creon’s will as the king. Antigone was not wrong in disobeying Creon, because he was evil and tyrannical. The authors of “Antigone: Kinship, Justice, and the Polis,” and “Assumptions and the Creation of Meaning: Reading Sophocles’ Antigone.” agree with the notion that Antigone performs the role of woman and warrior at once....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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Sophocles's Play Antigone

- In the following paper, I plan to discuss the source of conflict between the title characters of Antigone and Creon in Sophocles "Antigone." I will also discuss how each character justifies his or her actions and what arguments they give for their justifications. Finally, I talk about who Sophocles believes is right as opposed to whom I believe is right. The main source of conflict between Antigone and Creon is the issue of the burial of Antigone's dead brother, Polyneices. Both of her brothers were killed in battle; however one brother fought against their home city and was considered a traitor....   [tags: source of conflict between title characters]

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Antigone: An Interpretive Analysis on Conflicting Authority

- Antigone: An interpretive analysis on conflicting authority Unlike poetic forms of literature, which do not require a conflict or a resolution in order to work, drama requires both elements in order to be successful. In Sophocles’ famous play, Antigone, it was conflict that drove the story along and it was the resounding resolution that left audiences with a gratifying feeling that hasn’t faltered for centuries. While the roles of both elements are indisputably important to the success of any play, however, there is still much disagreement among literary critics concerning the central conflict of Antigone....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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Right Against Right in Antigone by Sophocles

- ... Death in ancient times, was not thought of as a good-bye but and entrance to eternal life. A proper burial was valued; it seemed quite foolish to have multitudes of families crying over rotten corpse scattered through the city without a proper farewell. But it wasn’t as foolish as the Creon’s twisted family history. Before advancing to the throne, Oedipus had unknowingly killed Laius, his father and the king of Thebes. Shortly after killing the king, he married the dead king’s wife, his mother....   [tags: thebes, ancient times]

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Sophocles' Great Tragedies: Oedipus and Antigone

- Sophocles, one the most famous ancient Greek playwrights, composed two Greek tragedies that have survived to today. Oedipus the King and Antigone are Sophocles’ most well-known dramas. These two plays emphasize the catastrophic events that take place following a series of incidents and decisions. Throughout the two plays the audience is continuously uncovering details that will eventually lead to the downfall of the main characters. By comparing the two plays, one can identify similar aspects of the plays that would eventually lead to the characters downfalls....   [tags: intentions, defiance, fate]

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The Feminist Approach to Antigone and A Dolls House

- An expression commonly used by high school students around the age of fourteen to seventeen is “JESSICA. I AM HUNGRY, MAKE ME A SANDWICH.” This can be related to other countries in the present day as well as in the past. The play Antigone written by Sophocles, a young girl decides to follow the rules of the Gods rather than the rules of man, especially when it came to the proper burial of her brother Polynices. Antigone decides to bury her brother even though it was against the civil laws to even mourn him....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Sophocles]

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The Tragic Criteria Present in Antigone by Sophocles

- A tragic story has its own occur of events. The main factors that always end a tragedy is through conspiracies, love, or hatred. In the story Antigone written by Sophocles, it demonstrates a tragedy filled with consequences to the characters. Antigone shows similarities to Aristotle’s paradigm because of the plot, characterization, and actions that were pursued throughout this story. In Aristotle’s Poetics, he puts his view of how a tragedy should be portrayed to make the concept of it more understandable towards the audience....   [tags: greed, pity, characters]

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Character Qualities of Nora and Antigone in A Doll’s House and Antigone

- Marlo Thomas says, ‘‘One of the things about equality is not just that you be treated equally to a man, but that you treat yourself equally to the way you treat a man.” Antigone, written by Sophocles, and A Doll’s House, written by Henrik Ibsen, are two plays about two women who defy the rules of society. In Antigone, an ancient Greek play, the girl breaks the king’s law in favor of the gods’ law by giving her brother, Polynices, a proper burial. In the end, Antigone dies because of her behavior, but not before she shows how strong she is when she stands up to Creon....   [tags: compare contrast comparison]

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Wings of Desire and Antigone: Conflicts and Opposites

- Annotated Bibliography MacKay, L.A. "Antigone, Coriolanus and Hegel." Transactions and Proceedings of the American Philological Association 93 (1962): 166-174. Web. 19 Mar 2012. JSTOR <http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/283759?uid=2&uid=4&sid=47698786493307> The author, LA MacKay through this article has provided a comprehensive insight into the themes of revolt and conflict illustrated through the characters and sentiments of the play, Antigone and therefore proves to be a valuable resource for the study of the same....   [tags: Film]

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Creon and His Downfall in Sophocles´ Antigone

- Antigone was a short play about a girl who was unafraid to carry out an honorable act despite the harsh punishments that would occur for doing so. Sophocles, the author of Antigone, wrote this tragedy. Antigone was the protagonist who went against the law that her cruel uncle, Creon, enforced. This law stated that nobody was allowed to touch Antigone’s dead brother, Polyneices’, body. Creon’s horrid decisions, paranoia, and pride are directly responsible for the state of the city at the end of Antigone....   [tags: honorable, tragedy, law, decisions, pride]

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Creon's Changes in Oedipus the King and Antigone

- In all works of literature you will find characters that change. From Oedipus the King to Antigone, Creon changes a great deal. In Oedipus the King, Creon has no intention whatsoever of being king. By the end of the play he makes it clear that his intentions have changed and he does want to take Oedipus’s power and become King of Thebes. When we see Creon in Antigone he has become king and he begins to make his mistakes. Creon, who is Iocasta’s brother, claims in Oedipus the King that he does not wish to have the power and responsibility of being king....   [tags: character analysis]

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Male Reactions to Female Power in Antigone

- Western society has a long history of subjugating women to men. Some cite the idea that women are somehow weaker or inferior to men as a reason for the existence of this social dynamic. In Sophocles's Antigone and, Dürrenmatt's The Visit, however, the female leads show great strength and are even able to threaten the male leads with their power. Creon and Alfred Ill's disdainful and oppressive treatment of women stems not from the supposed inferiority of women, but from the theme that man is afraid to lose control....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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Oedipus And Antigone : The Battle Of Truth And Wisdom

- ... After that horrid deed, he notified the Chorus,” It was Apollo, friends, Apollo, that brought this bitter bitterness, my sorrows to completion. But the hands that struck me was none but my own.” (Sophocles 168-169) He accepts the Gods’ control over fate, uncontrollable by humanity. He, however, longed to reassure the strength of free will. The Gods did not order him to do so, it occurred at his own freedom. He wanted to break free from the motive of destiny. Despite this, stabbing himself corresponds with his fate because it was his reaction....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus]

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The Corrupt Nature of Mankind in Sophocles´ Antigone

- The Corrupt Nature of Mankind in Sophocles’ Antigone Creon’s rash decisions and arrogant nature is the main problem for the corruption of mankind. The nature of mankind, as portrayed in Sophocles’ Antigone is corrupt in existence, thought, and knowledge. Creon is the main reason for this corruption. His arrogance and pride led him to make unjust laws. Creon rejected the thought of giving Polynices, the brother of Antigone and Ismene, a proper burial. Instead he left his body to rot and be scavenged by vultures....   [tags: Creon, corruption, Polynices, unjust laws]

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