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An Analysis Of Sophocles ' Antigone, Creon And Ismene

- The roles of women in society have been an ongoing issue for every society. While women had the roles of being housewives rather than being in the work place during our ancestors ' generations, they should not have to conform to the ideas put before them by men today due to the ever changing ideas of society, the concept of equality and men feeling threatened by strong-willed women. Sophocles’ Greek tragedy characters, Antigone, Creon and Ismene, revealed their views on this controversial topic....   [tags: Sophocles, Oedipus, Gender role, Religion]

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Antigone And Ismene

- Antigone and Ismene The personalities of the two sisters; Antigone and Ismene, are as different from one another as tempered steel is from a ball of cotton. One is hard and resistant; the other: pliable, absorbing and soft. Antigone would have been a strong, successful 90's type woman with her liberated and strong attitude towards her femininity, while Ismene seems to be a more dependent 1950's style woman. Antigone acts as a free spirit, a defiant individual, while Ismene is content to recognize her own limitations and her inferiority of being a woman....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Antigone and Ismene

- Antigone and Ismene Tragic heroes are generally people of high social stature with a tragic flaw that usually manifests itself in the form of poor judgment and arrogance, condemning the hero to a disastrous end and establishing the character’s destiny. Antigone is a tragic heroine deeply conflicted between her virtue and her hubris, personifying courage in her civil disobedience against criminal "leadership." A product of incest, her very existence is shameful, but perhaps this is why Antigone has such a burning desire for righteousness....   [tags: English Literature Essays]

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The Relationship Between Antigone and Ismene: Antigone by Sophocles

- In Antigone by Sophocles, Antigone and Ismene’s straining relationship is held together by a thin thread. Antigone’s father exiles himself then dies. Her brothers’ become the kings; Polyneices deceives them and joins the offenders. Etocles and Polynieces fight and they both die. Creon becomes king and gives Etocles a warrior burial while Polynieces was left for the buzzards. Antigone asks Ismene to help her, Ismene says no, so Antigone does it herself. Creon sentences Antigone to death, she kills herself and Haemon (Creon’s son/Antigone’s fiancé) kills himself....   [tags: creon, etocles, Polyneices ]

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Ismene And Haimon of Sophocles' Antigone

- Antigone Ismene And Haimon Antigone, the character, is a tragic hero because we care about her. Ismene and Haimon help us care about Antigone by making her feel worthy of loving. And with out this her plan to bury her brother seems irrelevant to the reader because we can care less about her. Ismene, although weak and timid, is in the story to illustrate that Antigone is capable of being loved. "We are only women, We cannot fight with men, Antigone" (Sophocles 881). Another reason Ismene is incorporated to Antigone is to show exactly strong-willed Antigone is....   [tags: Antigone essays]

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Free Essays: Antigone and Ismene in Oedipus at Colonus

- Antigone and Ismene in Oedipus at Colonus "Behold this Oedipus, --/ him who knew the famous riddles and was a man most masterful;/ not a citizen who did not look with envy on his lot-- see him now and see the breakers of misfortune swallow him!" (Oedipus the King, 1524-1527). Now that Oedipus has lost everything-- his wife, mother, kingdom, and all power-- his existence rests entirely on the aid of his two daughters. However, that dependence is not evenly distributed between Antigone and Ismene....   [tags: Oedipus at Colonus Essays]

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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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Analysis Of ' Oedipus ' Sons '

- [M]y explicit orders concerning/It’s Kreon. The way he’s treated our brothers. Oedipus’ sons: Eteokles, who died/Hasn’t he buried one with honor. fighting for our city, […] will be given the rituals/But he’s shamed the other. Disgraced him. and burial proper to the noble dead./Eteokles, they say, was laid to rest But his brother—I mean Polyneikes, who/according to law and custom. returned from exile utterly determined/The dead will respect him in Hades. to burn down his city, […] revel in kinsmen’s blood,/But Polyneikes’ sorry body can’t be touched....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Ismene, Creon]

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Oedipus The King By Sophocles

- What would you do if someone told you you would end up killing your father and marrying your mother when you grow up. You would do anything to keep that from happening, wouldn’t you. Oedipus did in Oedipus the King by Sophocles. Unfortunately, Oedipus fails in avoiding his fate. Faced with a choice between pursuing the truth which everyone tells him would lead to his destruction or accepting a life without knowing any better, Oedipus chooses self-knowledge over self-deception. This makes Oedipus a perfect example of a tragic hero....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Ismene, Oedipus the King]

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Fate : Fate And Fate

- In Oedipus Rex, fate is something that unavoidably befalls two characters. The gods decide Oedipus and Jocasta’s fate even before they know it. Trying to avoid destiny is pointless because no matter what, it will catch up to you where ever you are. It is often thought that you can change your destiny, but in reality our fate was put into action the day we were born. Throughout the play, Oedipus tries to change his fate. When he confirms through two messengers and an oracle that he is destined to marry his mother and kill his father, he completely panics....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Jocasta, Ismene]

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Ismenes Indecisiveness in Antigone

- The play Antigone is usually thought of as either the tragedy of Creon or the tragedy of Antigone, but it is just as much the tragedy of Antigone's sister Ismene. In the play, Antigone and Creon hold on to two different ideals, Antigone to the ideal of sororal duty and holy rights, while Creon holds on to the rules of his kingdom, dominated by the laws of men and of reason. Ismene is obsessed by her role as a woman, choosing to ignore her feelings of obligation towards her family, and remaining completely indecisive and inactive, as she believes a woman should....   [tags: essays research papers]

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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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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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Antigone By Sophocles ' Antigone

- Ismene is a character in the play “Antigone”, written by the ancient Greek playwright Sophocles. She is the daughter/sister of Oedipus. Her sister is known as Antigone, and she also had two brothers by the names of Polyneices and Eteocles. Ismene plays an important role in this particular play. Antigone pleads Ismene to help her bury their brother Polyneices, who has just been recently killed, but Ismene refuses to help her sister to stay out of trouble. Ismene fears that the king of Thebes, Creon, would catch them....   [tags: Sophocles, Oedipus, Oedipus at Colonus, Antigone]

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Analysis Of ' Antigone ' By Sophocles

- In Antigone, by Sophocles, which centrals around themes such as bravery in the face of death, civil unrest, and unyielding dedication to divine justice, it is easy to understand why Ismene’s character is often called cowardly, docile, and indecisive. However, this view of her undercuts the most basic facet of her personality, the one which is absent in Antigone — a will to live. With this in mind, Ismene’s personality is far one-dimensional, as there are are certain traits she needed to embody in order to survive....   [tags: Sophocles, Oedipus, Oedipus at Colonus, Antigone]

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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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womenoed Essay on Sophocles' Antigone - Sisters

- Sisters Two sisters destined to love each other, but conflict interrupts their paths. The first's journey is one of self-exploration and discovery; the other's of continual oppression and hardships. Ismene and Antigone are the troubled sisters whose decisions take them on different courses, but these same choices also brought them together. Even though their actions show differently, Antigone and Ismene's morals and philosophies show that they are true sisters at heart. Antigone shows the attribute of boldness....   [tags: Antigone essays]

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Antigone, By Sophocles And Antigone

- In many literary works throughout the ages it is not uncommon to find characters that are representative of their time and place. Sophocles, in his play Antigone tries to portray just that in his characters Ismene and Antigone. However, the characters portray these ancient values in starkly different ways. While Antigone believes in divine rule above all, her sister subscribes to the rule of men – particularly Creon her king. Through the use of the characters Ismene and Antigone as foils, Sophocles conveys the conflict that emerges between the rule of man and divine rule....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus, Antigone]

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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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Antigone, by Sophocles

- In the play Antigone, by Sophocles, it is greatly apparent just within the first few exchanges between Ismene and Antigone that there are various social issues surrounding the women in ancient Greece. The play raises many gender and socially related issues especially when looking at the contextual background of the playwright and the representation of the women within the play. When the characters of the first scene begin their analog, it is important to note what they are actually saying about each other and what their knowledge of their own social status is....   [tags: women in acient greece, social issues]

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Ancient Greek Tragedies: Passion vs. Prudence

- Greek tragedies often teach readers several valuable lessons, one of which is the catastrophe caused by acting on emotions. Both Oedipus and Antigone experience this as a result of their rash behavior. Even Creon ends up miserable in Antigone due to the change in his behavior. By acting on their emotions, these characters all experience tragic downfalls, while others, such as Ismene and Creon during Oedipus Rex, remain safe due to their prudence and indications of wisdom. Due to the actions she took based on her emotions, Antigone suffered a far worse fate than Ismene....   [tags: catastrophe, emotions, prophecy]

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Analysis Of Sophocles ' Antigone '

- Analysis of Antigone Adejumoke Bankole Lone Star Community College   Analysis of Antigone The narrator of this drama is Sophocles. In this play, Antigone unravel almost totally in the series of one day, in one spot (the Palace), and in broadly undisturbed conversation and action. Nevertheless, allotting with act distribution, Antigone so relies on the powerful unification as apportion by the French classicists. The chorus structure the misfortune with a foreword and summation. In the foreword, the chorus precisely addresses the crowd and turn out embarrassed with regards to the display; we are here this night to take part in the story of Antigone....   [tags: Sophocles, Oedipus, Antigone, Oedipus at Colonus]

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Irony, Pathos, And Situational Irony

- Irony Kills Irony plays a big part of Sophocles’s story of Antigone because they show character, suspense, human nature, and the world in general. There are three types of irony: verbal irony, dramatic irony, and situational irony. These three types of irony are used by Sophocles to foreshadow the true colors of his characters, such as Antigone’s braviary and Creon’s pride; both Creon and Antigone had a tragic ending. Creon lost his whole family due to his pride of being king and Antigone’s braviary cost her death because she went against king Creon’s word to bury her brother....   [tags: Irony, Oedipus, Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus]

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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 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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Female Characters Of ' The Oedipal Trilogy ' And ' Oedipus At Colonus '

- It is typical to discuss women in the Oedipal trilogy mostly through the lense of Antigone. Admittedly, Antigone deals with women and their treatment more explicitly than the other books in the trilogy, and it is focused on an empowered female protagonist who does what she believes is right. However, when contrasted with Oedipus Rex and Oedipus at Colonus, Antigone features a very different depiction of women. In the first play, Antigone and Ismene never speak, and Jocasta, the only other female main character, speaks much less than the male characters....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus]

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Literary Analysis of Feminism Seen in Antigone and A Doll’s House

- Susan B. Anthony once said, “The true republic: men, their rights and nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less.” In the plays Antigone, by Sophocles, and A Doll’s House, by Henrik Ibsen, strong women overcome restrictions and limitations placed upon them by their society and gender. In Antigone, Antigone chooses to defy Creon, her ruler, uncle, and a male authority figure, to support what she believes is right, which is burying her brother and respecting the gods. Though it was forbidden for her brother to be buried because of Creon’s decree, she resists, and in doing so, feels empowered and discovers what a strong woman she truly is....   [tags: literary Analysis, Sophocles]

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Comparing Plato 's ' Crito ' And ' Antigone '

- Plato’s “Crito” and Sophocles’ “Antigone” both argue that it is better to die than live life in a different way. Contrary to that, some would make the point that one should do anything to save one’s life even if it meant conforming to the common belief. I agree with both of these claims. I agree that a life lived with constant guilt is not worth living. Rather live your life how you want and you will be content with it. This is because life should be pleasant and if one spends their whole life regretting something they did not do then how can one be happy with themselves....   [tags: Morality, Ethics, Plato, Moral]

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Antigone by Sophocles

- Ismene In “Antigone” by Sophocles Ismene is stuck between being a true sister or a traitor to her family. Choosing to be a true sister would call for her to follow the law of the gods and break the law of man. If she follows the law of the gods she would join her sister, Antigone, in burying their brother, Polyneices. If she follows the law of man she would betray her family and follow the law made banning the burial of Polyneices. The burial of Polyneices has been banned by King Creon because he says that Polyneices was an enemy of the city and does not deserve to go to heaven....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Moral Law vs. Political Law in Sophocles’ "Antigone"

- One has the capability to determine from right and wrong and having the determination to stand up for what one believes in, no matter what the price is. In Sophocles’ Antigone, a written dramatic play, Sophocles portrays the theme that at times of one’s life, it is necessary to follow moral law and ignore political law. In the play, a determined and courageous woman named Antigone is loyal to her beloved brother by granting him a proper burial and having to suffer the consequences for revolting....   [tags: Morality, Ethics, Politics]

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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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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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Death Is A Symbol Of Bravery

- The theme of death appears, multiple times throughout Sophocles ' play Antigone. Each character has a different perspective, and view on death. Their fixed mindsets, ultimately lead to their standpoints of death. Antigone believes that Polyneices deserves a proper burial, rather than to be left unburied as an example for others to not betray the city of Thebes. Polyneices was Antigone’s brother, and she felt that as a result of divine law, he should have a burial in order for his soul to leave the Earth....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Creon, Oedipus at Colonus]

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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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Antigone, Hairspray, The Boy Without a Flag, and Letter From A Birmingham Jail

- Martin Luther King Jr. speaks of “the appalling silence of the good people” and how the silence of the “good people” encourages the current situation and their good intentions don’t press for change or social justice. In Antigone, Hairspray, “The Boy Without a Flag”, and “Letter From A Birmingham Jail”, examples of social injustice and racial segregation issues can be observed and the influence and actions of the silent bystanders. The silent but well intentioned people in each piece of literature has the opportunity to support change and influence others but they don’t out of fear....   [tags: D. Martin Luther King Jr.]

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Sophocles ' Antigone - Divine Law And Human Law

- Ever imagine dying and not receiving a proper burial. If it were true that there is an afterlife you would be very disappointed and humiliated. But not every city or country believes in afterlife. In ancient Greece they believed that a proper burial granted access to Hades, the name of both the underworld and its king. In Antigone, Sophocles argues that religion and law should join together to harmonize society, but in reality the text demonstrates that society would collapse if they are both joined....   [tags: Oedipus, Antigone, Sophocles, Antigone]

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Antigone 's Death : Plan Or Gamble?

- Antigone’s Death: Plan or Gamble. In Seamus Heaney’s The Burial At Thebes, a translation of Sophocles’ Antigone, there are multiple deaths and suicides alike throughout the entirety of the play. One of the most controversial deaths may actually have been an intentional suicide. Throughout the play, the characters and readers are led to believe that Antigone’s death was an unfortunate and unfair punishment. However, with a deeper review of the text, her decision to commit suicide seems prevalent before she is sealed away in a cave....   [tags: Suicide, Death, Oedipus, Sophocles]

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The Tragic Hero Of Sophocles ' Antigone

- A tragic hero, in the classic Aristotelian sense, is a virtuous character whose error of judgment leads to their fall from grace. Their demise evokes in the audience a sense of pity for their terrible misfortune, and fear of experiencing the same fate. Both feelings are magnified by the hero’s belated recognition of his mistake. In Sophocles’ Antigone, the audience is immediately drawn to the titular character’s virtue and passion for social justice. It is more difficult to sympathize with Creon, who represents the oppressive factions--the government, the patriarchy, and elder generations--that abuse power....   [tags: Sophocles, Oedipus, Antigone, Oedipus at Colonus]

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The Tragic Hero of Antigone

- Everyone agrees that Oedipus is the quintessential Greek tragic hero. In fact, Aristotle had Oedipus specifically in mind when he first set down the requirements for tragedy in his Poetics. However, in other Greek tragedies, the tragic hero isn’t always so easy to identify. For example, in the play Antigone, the reader may have some difficulty deciding who the tragic hero is. Nevertheless, a careful examination of the facts reveals that Antigone is the true tragic heroine because she’s brave, flawed, and noble....   [tags: heroes, Antigone, ]

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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 Play Antigone, by Sophocles

- If you were told not to do something, even if you knew it was the right thing to do, would you go ahead and do it anyway. The Play Antigone was written by the Greek author and playwright, Sophocles. The Story of Antigone takes place in Ancient Greece, about a young woman who has lost her both of her brothers, and is told by her King to not give her brother, Polyneices a proper burial. It is important to follow the laws of government, but sometimes, when you know that something is morally right, just like Antigone did, one must be able to make that decision, even if it goes against the law....   [tags: Antigone Essays]

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Free Essays: Oedipus Rex and Antigone

- Oedipus Rex and Antigone There is no curse on the house of Oedipus. Because of the many terrible things that happen to the members of Oedipus's family, a reader might be led to believe that there is such a curse. However, if that person examines the stories of Oedipus Rex and Antigone more closely, he or she will find that the reason so many tragedies happened to Oedipus's family is not because of some curse, but rather because of one common thread. Each person in the line of Oedipus tries to defy authority in one way or another....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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The Tragedy of Antigone

- It is plain to see what about the character of Antigone it is that makes this a tragedy. Tragedy is defined as a dramatic composition dealing with a serious or somber theme, and this story fits all these criteria. First of all, it involves a tragic course of events that involved both of her brothers dying and then being completely disrespected even in death. She felt she had to rectify this mistake, even though it was against the law, and the opposition was too great. Because of her attempt to rectify the injustice, even more tragic things happened to her and her family....   [tags: literary analysis, literary criticism]

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Women's Roles in Antigone, a Tragedy by Sophocles

- Antigone, a tragedy written by Sophocles portrays female roles in society in distinctive matters from a king’s perspective to the overall play. In ancient Greece woman were viewed as submissive , whereas men were dominant and woman were looked upon as inept given fewer rights almost the same ones as a slave. When Creon speaks to his son exemplifying “it would be bad enough to yield to a man, but he would never yield to a woman” he is not only justifying a woman’s place in society as irrational illustrating them as incompetent , but the play gives another view of women by alluding to polar opposite characteristics viewed in Antigone and Ismene....   [tags: slave, society, perseverance]

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Thebes High School

- Many high school students read the play Antigone and find it difficult to understand because the characters, scenes, and settings are not relatable to their daily lifestyles. The play is often written in lengthy paragraphs with complex language; therefore, it is difficult to understand the plot. If Antigone were written in modern-day language, it would be much easier for teenagers to understand the play. As Kyle Brenton mentions in Acts of War, “Each generation reinvents the myth to fit its own circumstances.” Therefore, if Antigone were written in a high school setting with the characters recreated as high school students, the play would be more relatable for students because it is set in...   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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Analysis of Relationships in Ancient Literature

- “You don't develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity” Epicurus, an ancient Greek philosopher, once said. If there is one thing the history has thought us is that relationships are the most valuable things in our lives. We keep building and strengthening our relationships from the minute we are born. It is the fact that every individual has restricted capacities to live by him or herself. This makes everyone to character him or herself into social....   [tags: antigone, trojan war, the liad]

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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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Antigone By Sophocles ' Antigone

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- The Greek audience would have been familiar with the story told in Antigone and with the background of the characters. An understanding of Antigone's family and her father's fate helps to put the events of the play in context. Antigone is of the Labdacids, a great but star-crossed family. Her father was Oedipus. Oedipus was born of Laius and Jocasta, the rulers of Thebes, but his parents were warned in prophecy that the boy would grow up to murder his father and marry his mother. A herdsman was charged with killing the child, but out of pity he gave the boy to another herdsman from a neighboring kingdom....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Divine Law versus Human Law

- Divine Law versus Human Law Sophocles' famous play, Antigone, can be perceived as a conflict between individual conscience and state policy. Yet the issue of the play goes beyond that conflict and touches the universal conditions of suffering, religion, and loyalty. Through Antigone's character--which represents the spheres of family loyalty, divine law, and human suffering, Sophocles conveys the idea that a law of man that violates religious law is not a law at all. He expresses this idea by having Antigone dutifully bury her brother's body although it is against King Kreon's ruling....   [tags: Papers]

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What is Justice: Humanism v. Law in Antigone

- Humanity is often faced with ambivalence towards law; at once, we find it a necessity in attempting to deal with a world which is constantly in some type of chaotic turmoil, and also as a glaring flaw in our society, which can at times result in more chaos than was originally had. This conflict is no more obvious than in Sophocles’ Antigone. Antigone, the character, represents half of the struggle between what the law says is just and what we inherently deem to be morally upstanding – Creon represents the opposing side which views law and power as the ultimate dictator of life’s unraveling....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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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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Consistency Leads To Destruction in Sophocles

- In his well known essay, Self-Reliance, famous writer Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do.” Put simply, the thought that Emerson is conveying is that too much consistency is not necessarily a good thing. Being too consistent with something means that no real effort is made. Things are done as they always have been, without someone trusting their own beliefs or opinions....   [tags: Plays]

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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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Antigone : A Myth That Sophocles ' Antigone

- Antigone is a myth that Sophocles used to tell to others. Antigone’s father, Oedipus, killed his father and married his mother. He then impregnated her and had Antigone. This means that Antigone is not only Oedipus’s daughter, but sister as well. This is just when it starts to get weird. Antigone’s mother and Oedipus’s mother and wife, killed herself because she was depressed. This made Oedipus flee. Now the issue is who is going to take care of the children. Well since Oedipus was the king and he fled, now the heir is Creon since Oedipus only had young boys and girls, and plus we still have the Salic law in play....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus]

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Oedipus At Colonus By Sophocles

- Oedipus at Colonus In the short story Oedipus at Colonus by Sophocles, we see our once valiant and heroic antagonist Oedipus reverse his entire character. In the end of Oedipus the King and the beginning of this story, we learn that Oedipus has been reduced to a lowly, blind peasant who has been exiled from Thebes and lives his life wandering the grounds of Greece. As he came to the city of Colonus, he ended his journey and realized he was meant to find his death there. Accompanied by his daughters, Antigone and Ismene, he reaches out to Theseus (King of Colonus) for assistance regarding his inevitable fate....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Greek mythology]

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Antigone By Sophocles ' Antigone

- Antigone’s strength allows her to defend her brother’s honor against Creon, who wants to make a statement about traitors. However, both Antigone and King Creon commit faults while trying to protect the things they love. Antigone should not have died for her beliefs as it puts her loved ones and community in danger, and Creon should not have forbidden the burial of Polyneices as it angers the Gods and causes him great suffering in the end. Antigone is a strong willed character who is not afraid to defend her beliefs....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Antigone, Polynices]

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Integrity in Jean Anouilh’s Antigone

- Integrity in Jean Anouilh’s Antigone   The distinctions between young and old, naïve and wise are very clear. There is a fiery passion for life often embedded in the young, and a sense of bittersweet reflection set in the aged. The age gap between the two is often a cause for conflict. The young want to hurry up and live only to eventually die; the old want to slow down their rate of living and postpone death. With such divergent circumstances, conflicts are almost impossible to avoid. The question of how one can grow old while keeping youthful idealism and integrity seems to be the source of most conflicts....   [tags: Antigone essays]

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- At the beginning of the play, Antigone brought Ismene outside the city gates at night for a top secret meeting. Antigone wanted to bury her brother Polyneices' body because even though he died in dishonor he was her brother. Ismene refused to disobey the king which is also their Uncle Creon, and she failed to talk Antigone out of doing the act herself. "Consider, sister, how our father died,/hated and infamous; how he brought to light/his own offenses..Then, mother...did shame/violently on her life, with twisted cords....   [tags: Antigone, ]

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- Conflict of Passion and Reason in Sophocles' Antigone "Ah Creon. Is there no man left in the world” (Sophocles page #). Greek theatre played a large role in Greece. The citizens were supposed to learn from the mistakes made in tragedies. The citizens should have learned what not to be like as a citizen or person. In Antigone, written by Sophocles, there are two main characters, Antigone and Creon. They are both strong willed and stubborn people. Both being unwilling to change, they both seal each other’s fate with their stubbornness, shortsightedness, extreme beliefs and their hubris....   [tags: Antigone essays]

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The Poor Decision of Antigone to Bury Polynices

- It takes a lot of courage to stand up and defend an action or idea that is forbidden by society. This is what Antigone does in Sophocles' story Antigone. She clearly disobeys King Creon's order that no person should bury Antigone's brother, Polynices, which is punishable by penalty of death. In this case, is Antigone's decision the correct one. Her actions affect many of her other countrymen negatively because they cause problems within the royal family, disagreement among the people and directly relate to the death of three people including her own....   [tags: Sophocles essays research papers]

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- Portrayal of Women in Antigone              Although ancient Greece was a male-dominate society, Sophocles' work Antigone, portrays women as being strong and capable of making wise decisions. In this famous tragedy, Sophocles uses the characters Ismene and Antigone to show the different characteristics and roles that woman are typical of interpreting. Traditionally women are characterized as weak and subordinate and Ismene is portrayed in this way. Through the character of Antigone, women finally get to present realistic viewpoints about their character....   [tags: Antigone essays]

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Characterization of Antigone in Sophocles' Antigone

-       Sophocles’ tragic drama, Antigone, presents to the reader a full range of characters: static and dynamic, flat and round; they are portrayed mostly through the showing technique. In “Sophocles’ Praise of Man and the Conflicts of the Antigone,” Charles Paul Segal takes the stand that there are two protagonists in the drama (which conflicts with this reader’s interpretation): This is not to say that there are not conceptual issues involved in the characters of Creon and Antigone. But the issues are too complex to be satisfactorily reduced to a single antithetical formulation....   [tags: Antigone essays]

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- Antigone– Characterization              This essay will illustrate the types of characters depicted in Sophocles’ tragic drama, Antigone, whether static or dynamic, flat or round, and whether portrayed through the showing or telling technique.   Martin Heidegger in “The Ode on Man in Sophocles’ Antigone” explains, in a rather involved theory,  the destruction of Creon’s character:   The conflict between the overwhelming presence of the essent as a whole and man’s violent being-there creates the possibility of downfall into the issueless and placeless: disaster....   [tags: Antigone essays]

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Standing True through It All

- Prior to the opening of the play Antigone by Sophocles, Polynices has attacked the city of Thebes, in what is called the Seven Against Thebes. Polynices is the oldest son of Oedipus who should have rightfully taken over the throne yet his younger brother, Eteocles, seized it. While in battle, the two brothers meet at one gate and end up killing each other in one on one combat, which sets the stage for the events that take place in Sophocles's play, Antigone. Antigone has returned to Thebes a grown woman following the death of her father, Oedipus....   [tags: World Literature]

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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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The Tragedy Of Antigone By Sophocles ' Antigone

- Demetrios Drew Fate in Antigone Like many other Greek epics and poems, Sophocles ' Antigone follows the theme that fate is a predestined series of events and consequences that are outside the control of mortals and are instead controlled by the Gods. The consequences of the battle between Eteocles and Polyneices serve as the precursor to the conflict between the principled views of Antigone and Creon. After the death of Eteocles and Polyneices at each other 's hand, Eteocles was given a ceremonial burial but the body of Polyneices, who was labeled a traitor as a result of Creon 's edict, was left unburied and rotting....   [tags: Sophocles, Oedipus, Creon, Polynices]

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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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Greek Tragedy : Female Characters That Symbolize Women

- Greek tragedy incorporates female characters that symbolize women in Ancient Greece. Through the portrayal of Antigone in the playwright, Antigone in Antigone by Sophocles and Penelope in the epic poem, The Odyssey by Homer, these two women play opposing roles depicting how they appear to society through their actions. In both of these stories, they embody the ideals of passionate women who are very loyal and brave. Through other female characters in each story such as Penelope and Ismene, we can construct a better view of traits illustrated by Antigone and Penelope....   [tags: Odyssey, Trojan War, Greek mythology, Sophocles]

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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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Relating to Characters in Sophocles' Plays

- A Tale of Two Cities, Romeo and Juliet. Names such as these bring to mind both plays and pieces of literature that are considered by many to be timeless classics. Perhaps the reason these stories are so popular is not just because they are well written. People are also able to relate to the characters who are often entangled in one of the many complexities within a given society. Authors such as Shakespeare or Charles Dickens are able to discuss some of the issues and problems that face people within society....   [tags: sophocles, characters, theatre,]

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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 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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Challenges to Male Authority in Sophocles’ play, Antigone

- Challenges to Male Authority in Sophocles’ play, Antigone In the play Antigone by Sophocles, Creon and Antigone have distinct conflicting values. Antigone first demonstrates feminist logic when she chooses to challenge a powerful male establishment. This establishment is personified by her uncle Creon, who is newly crowned as the King of Thebes. Creon poses to be a major authority figure in a patriarchal society. Creon's regard for the laws of the city causes him to abandon all other beliefs....   [tags: Antigone Essays]

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Importance of Gender in Sophocles' Antigone

- Antigone - Importance of gender in the opening scene In looking at the first few exchanges between Ismene and Antigone by Sophocles, it is greatly apparent that there are plenty of social issues surrounding women from ancient Greece. In looking at the contextual background of the playwright, the representation of the women within the play and at the imagined response of a contemporary and ancient audience; we can see that this play raises many gender and socially related issues. Looking briefly at the contextual element to the play in terms of the playwright, it is worth considering that Sophocles himself was a political writer....   [tags: Antigone essays]

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Antigone, by Sophocles

- The death of Antigone is truly a tragic episode in the Theban Plays, where she hung herself with a woven linen of her dress. By convention, her death would be characterized with feminine quality. However, Antigone, one of the few female characters in the book, possessed distinguishable female characteristics that are as remarkable as a male hero. Antigone was determined when she made up her mind to bury her brother. She was an agent of her words and took up the risks that accompanied to her deeds....   [tags: Character Analysis, Female Characteristics]

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Antigones Right Problems

- Antigone Right Problems Antigone is a play written by Sophocles but reinterpreted by Paul Roche. Many of the Greek plays have a tragic theme that leads a character with a high position to a downfall. In Antigone, the main character Antigone has to save and stand up for her family’s honor. Antigone is not the character that has a tragic downfall. The evil King Creon’s downfall is the loss his son and wife. Antigone as the main character, tries to influence her sister Ismene to join her in her shenanigans....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Antigone by Sophocles

- "I would not count any enemy of my country as a friend." In the play Antigone, written by Sophocles, Antigone finds herself torn apart between divine law and state law. The play opens up at the end of a war between Eteocles and Polyneices, sons of Oedipus and brothers of Antigone and Ismene. These brothers, fighting for control of Thebes, kill each other, making Creon king of Thebes. Creon, as king, gives an important speech to the citizens of Thebes, announcing that Eteocles, who defended Thebes, will receive a proper burial, unlike his brother Polyneices, who brought a foreign army against Thebes....   [tags: Antigone Sophocles Greek Play]

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Gender Bias Critic of Antigone

- A Gender Bias Approach to Antigone Just as one stone removed can break a bridge, one flaw can bring a man to ruins. The flaw of one man cannot bring down an entire kingdom, but rather one outlook of the king can lead to the demise of the whole. In Sophocles' epic tragedy, Antigone, a strong gender bias is present throughout the tragedy, and is partially responsible for the downfall of the king. To Sophocles the king is not always representative of the people, but acts on his own personal desires and judgments....   [tags: Personal Essays]

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Free Antigone Essays: The Human Condition

- Exposing the Human Condition in Antigone   Heroism entails several things; a selfless act, courage, or the accomplishments of bold and daring expeditions. A hero can also mean courage in the face of death. Others may view this type of hero as stupid, or a martyr. Every hero has faults and these faults along with heroic deeds make the man or woman; a hero, heroine. "Antigone" would be considered a hero in the sense of being a martyr. Because of her love for her family Antigone wanted to give her brother a proper burial, and even though he did evil deeds, she respected him....   [tags: Antigone essays]

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