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Antigone by Sophocles

- Antigone by Sophocles In the play Antigone by Sophocles one can find the conflict between Antigone and her uncle, Creon. The cinflict comes into play when her brother Polynices is killed in a battle and is prohibited from being buried. Creon refuses to make an exeption to the law on the ground of it being family. The conflict goes back and forth from Antigone and Creon. This conflict is the meaning of the entire play. First it all starts off when Antigone’s brother, Polynices, goes to fight with the kingdom of Argos....   [tags: Papers]

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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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Sophocles

- Sophocles was born in Colonus, near Athens, c.497 B.C. Sophocles father was a wealthy armorer named Sophillus. When he reached adulthood he was already established as a great tragic playwright, and the citizens of Athens loved him. He was nicknamed Attic-bee by the Athenians because he could take pure honey from words. Sophocles was born in Colonus, near Athens, c. 497 B.C. Sophocles father was a wealthy armorer named Sophillus. Sophocles had a good childhood. Sophocles, at age sixteen, led a boy's chorus for the victory celebration over defeat of the Persians at Salamis....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Sophocles Greek Tragedy, Antigone

- It has been said that love conquers all. Love is a major issue in Sophocles Greek Tragedy, Antigone. Antigone’s family is full of incest and betrayal. People say that Antigone, and her sister Ismene have been cursed because of their family’s bad decisions and horrible luck. Love in Antigone’s case did conquer all, but do the tragedy of deaths. Antigone’s love for her deceased brother eventually caused her own death. Antigone’s death went on to cause Haimon’s death, which ultimately caused the death of Haimon’s mother, Eurydice in due time....   [tags: Sophocles Antigone]

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Sophocles' Oedipus

- In Sophocles’ Oedipus The King, King Oedipus of Thebes is confronted and strangely obsessed with the mystery of who killed Laios, the former king of Thebes, for a great plague has overtaken the city of Thebes because due to this murder. During his quest for the truth, he begins to discover that the answer to his query is also the answer to another disturbing mystery about himself, who am I. The work as a whole seems to be a study of the nature of the mystery and how its discovery brings out the true identity of Oedipus....   [tags: Oedipus Rex, Sophocles]

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Oedipus the King by Sophocles

- Oedipus the King conveys many lessons that are relevant to people living today despite the fact that it was written by Sophocles twenty four centuries ago. Oedipus is a child destined to kill his father and marry his mother. During his life, he makes many mistakes trying to avoid his fate. These mistakes teach us about the nature of humans under certain circumstances. Oedipus possesses personality traits which causes him to make wrong decisions. Attributes like arrogance and his inability to make calm decisions in certain scenarios due to his anger causes his downfall....   [tags: creon, mystery, marry his mother]

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Oedipus The King by Sophocles

- According to Bernard Knox, “these attributes of divinity – knowledge, certainty, justice – are all qualities Oedipus thought he possessed – and that is why he was the perfect example of the inadequacy of human knowledge, certainty, and justice”. The lack of these qualities pushed Oedipus farther from the truth and closer to his great downfall. In Sophocles’ Oedipus the King, Oedipus’ tragic downfall was caused by his alleged certainty of knowledge, his rash actions and judgment, and his unwavering sense for justice....   [tags: tragedy, justice, prophecy]

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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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The Writings of Sophocles and Aristotle

- The Writings of Sophocles and Aristotle Writing, particularly story writing, is an art. When a person sets out to create a painting, there are certain rules of composition that need to be followed. In the art of writing, it is the same. There are rules of composition for writing and they must be followed by the writer. Some of these rules date back to Aristotle, who set down some rules for classical drama in his Poetics, a collection of class notes in which Aristotle attempted "to treat of Poetry in itself and of its various kinds" (1028)....   [tags: Papers]

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Meliville & Sophocles Discussion

- MELVILLE AND SOPHOCLES MELVILLE: “OPEDIPUS, YOU SEE, WAS MY MODEL.” SOPHOCLES: “THAT IS ABSURD. YOUR CHARACTER, THIS BILLY, HAS NONE OF THE TRAITS THAT MY TRAGIC CHARACTER POSSESSED.” MELLVILLE: “BILLY BUD MAY HAVE NOT BEEN ANY GREAT KING OR A MAN OF IMMENSE MONETARY WEALTH, BUT HE POSSESSED A DIFFERENT SORT OF GREATNESS. “ SOPHOCLES: “YOU SPEAK OF A DIFFERENT SORT OF GREATNESS, AS IF IT THAT COULD POSSIBLE COMPARE TO THE LIFE OF MY OEDIPUS. HE ROSE TO THE HIGHEST POSITION A MAN CAN OBTAIN....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Sophocles' Antigone - The Real Tragedy

- Tragedy of Antigone The play “Antigone” by Sophocles displays many qualities that make it a great tragedy.  A tragedy is defined as a dramatic or literary work in which the principal character engages in a morally significant struggle ending in ruin or profound disappointment. In creating his tragedy “Antigone”, Sophocles uses many techniques to create the feelings of fear and pity in his readers. This in turn creates an excellent tragedy.       In order for a play to be considered a tragedy it must achieve the purgation of fear and pity.  In the play “Antigone”, Sophocles does a great job of bringing out these two emotions in a reader....   [tags: Antigone essays]

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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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Sophocles' Antigone

- This paper is an essay on Antigone. The story Antigone is a great Greek tragedy. Sophocles, an ancient Greek playwright, is the author of the story. It is a great story. It is known throughout the world. This essay is going to trace the character of Antigone through the beginning, middle, and end of the story. Antigone is a very strong willed character. In the very first scene of the book Antigone is talking to her sister (Ismene) about how their two brothers (Eteocles and Polyneices) killed each other fighting over the thrown....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Analysis of Sophocles' Antigone

- Analysis of Sophocles' Antigone Before Sophocles, Antigone was a well know myth. Antigone told the story of how you should never betray the Gods; this was the moral of the story. The story was probably exaggerated like most myths, for example the modern myth of Robin Hood is based on a real story although the myth is far from the truth and this is similar to Antigone. Most people would have known the story of Antigone before it was scripted. There is no exact date for Antigone therefore this is the main reason why we believe it to be part of Greek mythology....   [tags: Papers]

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The Role of Language for Thucydides and Sophocles

- In Thucydides' On Justice, Power and Human Nature and Sophocles' Oedipus plays, they use language and speeches to convey the same things. The political orders in these works use their speeches to form a sense of purpose, sway political views and to manipulate for their own personal self-interest. In both of their works, Thucydides and Sophocles write of a speech that instills a sense of ambition. In On Justice, Power and Human Nature, Pericles uses the oration not only to respect the departed, but to instill in the Athenians national pride and a zest to fight....   [tags: Comparative Literature]

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The Tragedy Of Sophocles ' Antigone

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

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The Tragic Hero Of Sophocles ' Antigone

- Life is not just pretty skies and sunny days it consisted heartbreaks and heartaches’. This is apparent in Sophocles trilogy play “Antigone”. Sophocles’ illustration of man’s catastrophes highlights in the character Creon who becomes the King of Thebes after Eteocles and Polyneices (his nephews) killed one another (after Polyneices attack his own land and his own people). Creon being the new king makes a stand against a trader such as Polyneices and declared that his body be left unburied. Antigone (Polyneices sister) takes a stand against Creon and his unlimited power....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus, Creon]

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Sophocles' Ajax - The Destruction of a Greek Hero

- Sophocles' Ajax - The Destruction of a Greek Hero Sophocles' Ajax, written around 440 B.C., deals with the destruction of the Greek hero Ajax, who is sometimes considered the greatest warrior of the Trojan War, second only to Achilles. Ajax, driven insane by the goddess Athena, slaughtered the Greek herds of cattle, thinking that they were Greeks, to avenge them for rewarding the armor of Achilles to Odysseus instead of him. Only after coming to his senses, he realized that he was disgraced and he committed suicide....   [tags: Sophocles Ajax Essays]

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Oedipus The King, By Sophocles

- In the play Oedipus the King, Sophocles affirms that the gods ultimately have the final say to control one’s destiny; however, an individual is solely responsible for the decisions he makes. Approaching near the climax, Sophocles sets up a fundamental conflict of the play, the need for Oedipus and Jocasta to perceive the immutable state of prophecy through the consequences that deliver itself when the gods fulfill their plans for one’s destiny. The messenger even describes the omnipotent power of the gods, and witnesses the augury of death proposed by the supernatural, finally stating: It must have been some supernatural being that showed the raving man where she was; it was not one of us....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Aeschylus, Sophocles]

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Sophocles ' Antigone Vs. Creon

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

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Oedipus The King By Sophocles

- In most stories there is no such thing as a group of people who sing about the current situation at hand in the story. Usually you do not see a third party involved that reacts to the problems at hand. But there is in the play Oedipus the King by Sophocles. The author Sophocles uses the chorus to set the mood of the play. The chorus is very impactful because it describes the fear and joy of the citizens at Thebes. It is definitely an important aspect of the play. In the beginning of the play Oedipus is told about the oracle’s message on how to get rid of the plague on Thebes....   [tags: Oedipus the King, Oedipus, Sophocles]

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Thucydides' and Sophocles': Notion of Tragedy

- Thucydides, a "historian," and Sophocles, a playwright, were two men that shared the Greek notion of tragedy in their works. Thucydides' idea of history can be compared to this notion epitomized in Sophocles' Oedipus plays. Included in their works are three of the most important elements of a Greek tragedy, which are foreshadows, cynical irony and an inevitable tragic downfall. In both their works, Thucydides and Sophocles include foreshadowing to hint the inevitable downfall. In On Justice Power and Human Nature, Thucydides uses the debate to foreshadow the outcome of the war....   [tags: Comparative Literature]

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The Tragedy Of Antigone By Sophocles

- “Antigone,” is a wonderfully crafted play by Sophocles, which manifests various psychological aspects of humankind like anger, bravery, jealousy, ignorance, arrogance, deceit, and sacrifice to a greater degree. Out of the many characters that represent these human frailties, Antigone is portrayed as the strongest of all. Antigone, despite being a woman in the era, when the gender of women was considered below the status of men, shows great defiance against the cruelty of the reigning monarchy. People secretly approve the generous act of Antigone burying her brother, Polyneices....   [tags: Sophocles, Antigone, Oedipus, Creon]

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Responsibility for Actions in Oedipus Rex by Sophocles

- Responsibility for Actions in Oedipus Rex by Sophocles Oedipus was not composed by his fate; he was responsible for his own conduct. From his very birth Oedipus was predetermined to marry his mother and murder his father. His situation was inevitable. Although Apollo exhorted the prophecy in Delphi, this event only drove Oedipus to fulfill his destiny. There were a series of events that occurred causing Oedipus did to lure himself to destruction. Oedipus wouldn?t have cursed himself so ignorantly had he been more diligent to analyze the murder with the former King Laius....   [tags: Papers Oedipus Rex Essays Sophocles]

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The Tragic Hero Of Sophocles ' Antigone

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

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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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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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Summary of Oedipus The Kings by Sophocles

- Summary of Oedipus The Kings by Sophocles Oedipus is in a series of tragic events throughout this play. A couple of days after Oedipus was born, he was left on a mountainside to die. The reason for this is because an oracle predicted that he will grow up to be the murderer of his father the King. Oedipus did not die as he should have, instead Oedipus was found and taken to the nearby city of Corinth. This is where Oedipus was adopted as the son of the King and Queen. Many years later, Oedipus seeks counsel from the same oracle that predicted his fate....   [tags: Greek Tragedy, Oedipus, Sophocles]

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Justice is Served in Antigone by Sophocles

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

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Theme of Blindness in Sophocles' Oedipus the King

- Theme of Blindness in Sophocles' Oedipus the King Sophocles?s play, ?Oedipus the King. is one of the most well known of the Greek tragedies. The play?s interesting plot, along with the incredible way it is written are only two of the many reasons why two thousand years later, it is still being read and viewed. For those who are not familiar with the story of ?Oedipus the King?, it is written about the results of a curse put on King Oedipus which claims that he will murder his father and marry his mother....   [tags: Oedipus King Plays Sophocles]

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The Role of Creon in Sophocles' Oedipus the King

- In this paper I will be making 3 major points about Creon. First I will explain the role Creon plays in this drama. Next I will explain some of the values Creon represents in this story. And for the last I will be examining how essential Creon is to the way this situation plays itself out. Other than the obvious roles Creon plays in this story (Jocasta’s brother and Oedipus’ brother-in-law), Creon plays a very big role and is a part of the most significant points in this drama. In the beginning of the story Creon visits the oracle at Delphi to find out what the curse on Thebes is being caused by....   [tags: Oedipus Rex, Sophocles]

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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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Irony in Sophocles' Oedipus the King

- Irony in Sophocles' Oedipus In the play "Oedipus," irony is used frequently as and as eloquently by Sophocles to the reveal theme of seeking knowledge. Not knowing the King of Thebes, Oedipus, gives speeches on finding the murderer of the King of Laias and how wretched the poor soil will be when the truth is revealed. " Then once more I must bring what is dark to light…, whoever killed King Laios might- who knows?-might decide at any moment to kill me as well. By avenging the murder of the King, I protect myself, (Sophocles 1109)....   [tags: Oedipus Rex Essays]

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The Tragedy Of Sophocles ' Oedipus The King

- Dramatic irony is a commonly used literary device where the audience understands something that some of the characters may be oblivious to. Among the many playwrights who have employed dramatic irony in their plays, Sophocles is highly popularized for his use of it in his tragedy Oedipus the King. When using this literary device, Sophocles does so to highlight Oedipus’ tragic flaw of ignorance. Throughout the entire play, Oedipus is trying to figure out mysteries such as who his real parents are and who killed Laius....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Oedipus the King, Truth]

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Free Destiny vs. Controlled Fate in Antigone

- Fate is an old debated concept. Do one's actions truly play a role in determining one's life. Is fate freedom to some or is it binding to others, in that no individual can make completely individual decisions, and therefore, no one is truly free. Nowadays, fate is a subject often rejected in society, as it is seen as too big, too idealistic, and too hard to wrap a persons head around. However, at the time of Antigone, the concept was a terrifying reality for most people. Fate is the will of the gods, and as is apparent in Antigone, the gods' will is not to be questioned....   [tags: Sophocles]

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Creon As The Tragic Hero Of Antigone by Sophocles

- Creon As The Tragic Hero Of Antigone by Sophocles Greek tragedy would not be complete with out a tragic hero. Sophocles wrote Antigone with a specific character in mind for this part. Based on Aristotle’s definition, Creon is the tragic hero of Antigone. Creon fits Aristotle’s tragic hero traits as a significant person who is faced with difficult decisions. Creon is significant because he is king. This makes him both renowned and prosperous. Creon is not completely good nor completely bad; he is somewhere in-between, as humans are....   [tags: Greek Sophocles Antigone Essays]

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The Blind By Sophocles ' Oedipus The King

- The Blind Leading the Blind Sophocles’ play Oedipus the King brings one to ask oneself an important question; do humans make their own decisions in life. Or is everything already decided for them by fate. Teiresias’ role in the play coincides with those questions. Teiresias is only in one scene of the entire play, and when he enters Oedipus is very pleased to see him because he is the only person who can tell Oedipus who killed Laius. Teiresias is blind and old, but extremely knowledgeable nonetheless....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Tiresias, Sophocles]

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Antigone, by Sophocles

- Sophocles’ “Antigone” was a Greek tragedy written for entertainment, but it also served as a social commentary for what was happening in ancient Greek city-states during that time it was written. “Antigone” was a prime example of art imitating life in Greek culture. The play was rife with themes relating to individual versus state, women’s roles in the city-state, the significance of elders in society, pride, tyranny, and human law versus moral or divine law. In this essay I’d like to pose and answer the questions: Did the outcome of Antigone lead us to believe that Creon was wrong from the start....   [tags: Sophocles, Greek Tragedy]

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The Tragedy Of Sophocles ' Antigone

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

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Sophocles' Play Antigone

- In this essay I am going to discuss the form and structure of Sophocles play Antigone, I will look at how Sophocles structured this play and comment on this, I will also compare it to a typical Greek structure. The typical structure of Greek tragedies had a Prologue and a Parados; there would then be four alternating Episodes and Stasimons. To end the play there would be finally a fifth Episode and then an Exodus. The structure of Antigone was slightly different to this as Sophocles broke the trend and added an extra Episode and Stasimon; this is significant as it was the first time this happened in the Greek theatre....   [tags: Drama]

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Sophocles' Antigone - Creon and Antigone

- Creon and Antigone Antigone  Sophocles  When a dictator dies, his image and fame dies with him, but when a self-sacrificing individual dies, their legacy begins.  This statement is true because oppressed citizens do not fondly mention a mean ruler, such as Creon from Antigone, after he passes away.  Yet a martyr, such as Antigone, also from the story Antigone, is remembered for her self-sacrificing deeds.  Creon will not be remembered because he did not allow Antigone to bury her dead brother Polynices, and decides to execute Antigone for trying while Antigone’s legacy will live on because she has the courage to defy Creon, and chooses to sacrifice herself for Polynices' honor....   [tags: Antigone essays]

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The Tragic Hero Of Sophocles ' Antigone

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

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The Tragedy Of Sophocles ' Antigone

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

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Sophocles

- 	In 495 B.C. there was a child born about a mile outside of Athens. This child was to be named Sophocles. He was a boy whose father was a wealthy merchant. He now had the opportunity to enjoy all of life's greatest expectations in the Greek empire. Being that he was from a wealthy family, he had the chance to study all of the arts. By the time Sophocles reached his late teens, he was already known for his charm and elegance and was honored by being chosen to lead a challenging group of young men at a celebration of the victory of Salamis....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Antigone, by Sophocles

- In a democracy, people choose representatives to lead and govern them. However, these representatives might take unpopular steps. In such instances the people may show their disapproval of a policy and vent their grievances through acts of civil disobedience. Henry Thoreau said, “It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right.” It is both the right and responsibility of a person to fight an unjust law, and civil disobedience allows one to convey his thoughts and ideas in a passive, nonviolent way....   [tags: Civil Disobedience, Democracy]

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Sophocles

- The Way of Greek Play Wrights The Greek Play Wright, Sophocles, wrote both the Antigone and Oedipus the King. Sophocles wrote Antigone around 441 B.C. and followed with the writings of Oedipus the King around 425 B.C. In Antigone King Creon decides that Polynices the traitor is to be buried, but his sister Antigone dislikes the order. She is caught, and sentenced by Creon to be buried alive-even though she is betrothed to his son Haemon. After the blind prophet Tiresias proves that the gods are on Antigone’s side, Creon changes his mind but too late....   [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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Analysis Of Sophocles ' The Theban Plays '

- The theme of Tragedy in The Theban Plays by Sophocles In his tragic trilogy, The Theban Plays, Sophocles portrays the essence of Ancient Greek life; their culture, politics, religion and the maxims that are intended to guide their daily life through the actions of the main characters, Oedipus, Creon, and Antigone. Sophocles employs the use of thematic structures that coherently affects each character uniquely, and one of the most common themes depicted in these plays is that of fate vs freewill....   [tags: Sophocles, Oedipus, Oedipus at Colonus, Tragedy]

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Sophocles ' The Play ' Antigone '

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

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Change Within Characters in Sophocles' Antigone

- Change Within Characters in Sophocles' Antigone Antigone is about how King Creon rules that Polynices the traitor is not to be buried, but his sister Antigone defies the order. She is caught, and sentenced by Creon to be buried alive - even though she is betrothed to his son Haemon. After the blind prophet Tiresias proves that the gods are on Antigone's side, Creon changes his mind - but too late. He goes first to bury Polynices, but Antigone has already hanged herself. When Creon arrives at the tomb, Haemon attacks him and then kills himself....   [tags: Sophocles Antigone Essays]

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Oedipus Analysis : Oedipus Tyrannus By Sophocles

- The ancient story documented in the writing Oedipus Tyrannus by Sophocles follows the story of a clever and strong hero who has tragedy befall him. He is fated to kill his father and marry his mother as a result of his father not heeding a warning from the gods. Upon discovering this, Oedipus blinds himself in excruciating guilt, to cut off his senses from the world around him. This guilt is not deserved by Oedipus because he committed the heinous crimes unwittingly he thus, making him innocent of the actions that spurn on the tragic events that occur....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Poetics, Tragedy]

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Sophocles' Antigone

- Thebian play of Antigone has excited many debates over the years. The most prevalent being who exactly could be characterized as the tragic hero in the story. The argument that Antigone is the hero is deffinatly a strong one. There are many critics who believe that Creon, however, is the true protagonist of the play. In order to determine whether or not Creon is the tragic hero one must first examine what a tragic hero is. Aristotle states that a hero is neither purely innocent nor purely malevolent....   [tags: Sophocles Antigone]

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The Chorus Of Sophocles ' Oedipus Rex

- In Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex he uses a variety of technics to add to the overall work. One of them is his use of the Chorus. Sophocles uses the Chorus for the dramatic purpose of helping to reveal the theme, to establish the atmosphere and mood, and also to give background information to the audience. The role of the chorus is very important in Greek Tragedy. Throughout the play the chorus changes many roles. It acts as a mediator, evaluator or dramatizer depending on the situation. The role of the chorus in Greek Tragedy is indispensable, as Aristotle once said,” [The chorus] is a dramatic element, an actor among other actors....   [tags: Sophocles, Tragedy, Drama, Aeschylus]

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Oedipus The King By Sophocles

- Sophocles’s dramatic play Oedipus the King takes place in ancient Greece. It focuses on Oedipus, the king of Thebes. As the plot unfolds, Sophocles reveals that Oedipus, Jacosta his wife/mother, and his father Laius have tried to change the course of events that have been foretold to them. The oracles make it clear to Laius, and later to Oedipus, that he will kill his father and marry his mother. Regardless of their attempts to alter the future, the foretold events develop outside of their control....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Sophocles, Tiresias]

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The Origin Of The Sophocles ' Greek Tragedy

- The origin of the Sophocles’ Greek tragedy “Antigone” has created much controversy about the definition of a tragic hero, as defined by Aristotle. A literary character that makes a judgment error that leads to his/her own downfall. Both Creon and Antigone challenge each other’s conception of the divine and civic law while each has lawfulness in their argument. It is evidently noted that Antigone is the hero of the tragedy; she was a romantic idealist whose beliefs on family loyalty and religious values could not be condemned by civil laws....   [tags: Sophocles, Tragedy, Oedipus, Oedipus at Colonus]

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The King Sophocles

- The majority of the works written by Sophocles show important messages, in which many of the characters do or fail to achieve, for example in Oedipus The King Sophocles, writes the tale of poor dammed Oedipus a man who desperately wishes to save his city only to discover he is the cause if its ruin. Moreover, this play relates the message of destiny and no matter how hard men try to advert a prophecy ultimately, it will happen. With the conclusion of Oedipus The King, we learn of his children’s fate in Antigone where his sons have died in war battling one another with one defending his city while the other to destroy it....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Sophocles]

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The Tragedy Of Shakespeare 's Macbeth And Sophocles ' Oedipus The King

- The organization of downfall in Shakespearean tragedy borrows much from that of Greek tragedy. The points of variation between the two forms of the genre are often drawn not in tangible literary differences, but in premise of manner of downfall. One distinction observed between the two dramas is that of the roles of destiny or lack thereof. The disputed definition of hamartia helps explain and expand this. Either type of tragedy can be distinguished by the feature of a hamartia, a tragic flaw and ultimate determinant of a hero’s downfall, as being built on by an unavoidable force or event, as opposed to being directly caused by a hero’s wrongdoings, or vise versa....   [tags: Tragic hero, Poetics, Tragedy, Sophocles]

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The Tragedy Of Oedipus Rex By Sophocles

- In Oedipus Rex by Sophocles, it was said during class that the moment of catharsis was just after Oedipus realizes he is the one who killed his father. The class agreed that the reader was relieved when Oedipus came to comprehend that he was lying to himself the entire time because he was the one responsible for Laius’ death. Catharsis was defined as a moment or breath of relief. I do not agree with his moment of realization as the point where catharsis is reached. I believe that after he punishes himself as a result of his realization....   [tags: Oedipus, Jocasta, Parent, Sophocles]

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The Tragic Hero Of Sophocles ' Antigone

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

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The Tragedy Of Sophocles ' Antigone

- The 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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Antigonem by Sophocles

- People are undisputedly faced with the challenge to grow and encounter headfirst all the unexpected changes life throws at them. Change, perhaps the solitary constant factor of life, drives people to make decisions that will be reciprocated with an unforeseen event. This principle of life is applied as an underlying web of the plethora of ironies throughout all of Antigone. Set in the age of reconstruction in Thebes, no doubt due to the aftershock of a war between brothers and their ongoing family curse, Sophocles’s constant use of irony in Antigone around Creon, the king of Thebes, indicates that the ironic nature of man contributes and lurks in their ultimate demise....   [tags: Play Analysis, Change]

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Oedipus The King By Sophocles

- The Inevitable Fate Even the best leaders have a few flaws. In the play Oedipus the King by Sophocles, he showed that having flaws does not mean a person is a bad leader, it just means they are human and will make mistakes. Oedipus had received a prophecy when he was younger that he would harm his father and sleep with his mother. He left the city of Corinth, to avoid the prophecy and save his parents, and went to rule Thebes. Thebes King had just been murdered and Oedipus was determined to find the prior King’s murderer, but he soon found out he was the murderer....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, John F. Kennedy]

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Antigone by Sophocles

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

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Pride in Sophocles' Antigone

- Pride in Sophocles' Antigone Pride is a quality that all people possess in one way or another. Some people take pride in their appearance, worldly possessions, or position in society. The story of Antigone written by Sophocles has two characters who have a tragic flaw of pride. I will show how Creon’s pride of power leads to his destruction, and how Antigone’s pride makes her an honorable character who should be treated as a hero. Creon is a man who has just become the king of Thebes and has a flaw of having too much pride....   [tags: Sophocles Antigone]

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Justification of Creon in Antigone by Sophocles

- Justification of Creon in Antigone by Sophocles Antigone is a tragic play written by Sophocles in about 441b.c. The play is a continuation of the curse put upon the household of Oedipus Rex. Sophocles actually wrote this play before he wrote Oedipus, but it follows Oedipus in chronological order. The story of Antigone begins after the departure of Oedipus, the king of Thebes, into self-exile. Oedipus’ two sons, Eteocles and Polyneices, were left to rule over Thebes. An argument over rights to power forces Polynices to leave Thebes....   [tags: Papers]

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Analysis Of ' Oedipus Rex ' By Sophocles And The Story ' Desiree 's Baby '

- With great power comes great responsibility. Power is the most desired material for the human race. Many indulge in it to gain fortune and control of others but this kind of abuse can lead to deadly retaliation. “Oedipus Rex” is about a man named Oedipus trying to lift a cursed plague by bringing to justice the man who killed the former king, Laius. “Desiree’s Baby” is about a woman and her marriage to a slave master turning sour. In the play “Oedipus Rex” by Sophocles and the story “Desiree’s Baby” by Kate Chopin both use Tragic Flaw, Situational Irony, and Climax to depict position of power as the tool of a noble and the poison of an arrogant person....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Oedipus the King]

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The Tragic Tragedy Of Sophocles ' Oedipus Rex

- The Greek play Oedipus Rex by Sophocles is known most famously for being an excellent portrayal of Greek tragedy. In the Poetics, philosopher Aristotle praises Sophocles for meeting his criteria of what makes up a perfect tragedy. The play follows an Aristotelian plot consisting of a scene of recognition, a reversal of situation and scenes of suffering. The play must also have the perfect tragic hero. They must be a superior individual without being too perfect, otherwise, their inevitable downfall would come across as unwarranted....   [tags: Sophocles, Tragedy, Oedipus the King, Oedipus]

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Antigone By Sophocles ' Antigone

- Antigone is the protagonist in the story Antigone. She is a young girl who rises up against her uncle, King Creon to defend what she believes in. King Creon is seen amongst the society as a dictator and feels no one should go against his orders. One of King Creon’s orders is to not give Antigone’s brother, Polyneices, a proper burial because he thought Polyneices was a traitor. Antigone, however, chooses to bury her brother because in her heart she feels it is the right thing to do, knowing full well that Creon disapproves and has made it clear that if anyone attempts to touch Polyneices, they will be stoned in public....   [tags: Sophocles, Oedipus, Woman, Oedipus at Colonus]

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Oedipus The King, By Sophocles

- Within these two passages, Teiresias is explaining to Oedipus that the Prophecy admitted he killed his father. Oedipus is denying the fact that he killed his father and looking passed the problem. In the play Oedipus the King, written by Sophocles, Sophocles uses rhetorical devices to explain to the readers that Teiresias may be blind, but is seeing through the lie that Oedipus is living, while striking him the truth; this is explained through imagery, metaphors, an allusion, and ethos appeal. In the beginning, in which Teiresias is explaining to Oedipus, Teiresias is trying to convince Oedipus about the danger he has with Thebes at that moment....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Explanation, Tiresias]

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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

- The play Antigone by Sophocles shows a conflict between the King Creon and Antigone. This conflict eventually leads to the destruction of the house of Creon. Upon closer analysis, it is obvious that Creon caused this to happen himself. There is an old saying that power corrupts and Creon has fallen victim to power. In the opening of the play, we learn that Creon has been proclaimed king. We expect Creon to be the same rational man as we saw him to be in Oedipus the King who stood up for justice and defended the right deeds....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Antigone, by Sophocles

- In Sophocles’ play, Antigone, the main character uses rhetoric to effectively persuade her audiences to sympathize with her. In the play, Antigone’s brother, Polyneices, dies a traitor to the Theban people. The king, Creon, decrees that no one is to bury the traitor despite the necessity of burial for proper passing into the afterlife. Believing that Creon’s decree is unjust, Antigone buries her brother. When she is brought to the king, Antigone uses this speech in defense of her actions. In the speech, she uses allusion, diction, and particular sentence structure to increase the effectiveness of her argument....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Rhetoric]

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Oedipus Rex, By Sophocles

- The famous Greek philosopher Aristotle outlined the requirements for a good tragedy, and he based his ideals on the classic Greek play Oedipus Rex, written by Sophocles. As Aristotle stated, the perfect tragedy must be an imitation of one’s life, realistic and narrow in its aspects. Such is the case with the play Oedipus Rex, a Greek play revolving around the tragedies of the life of King Oedipus. Oedipus Rex, the protagonist of the first of the three Oedipus plays, has a life of luxury and promise....   [tags: Oedipus the King, Oedipus, Sophocles, Jocasta]

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Sophocles ' Antigone : The Greatest Civilization On Earth

- Around the time where Greece was known to be the greatest civilization on earth, many people used myths and stories as an extension of their belief because they were culturally significant and important. Ancient Greece was a male-dominated civilization that created laws which would benefit only those with power, which let to the suffering of those without power. The relationship of the sexes was very important, because it showed how men were more superior and woman were frowned upon because they were treated more like minorities....   [tags: Sophocles, Oedipus, Trojan War, Oedipus the King]

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Sophocles' Anitgone

- Politicians are undoubtedly imperfect and essentially flawed like the rest of us. When we begin to put them high up on pedestals is when they begin to fall and disappoint the public. Luckily, for the country, they aren't tragically flawed, because they aren't tragic heros. Even the president makes mistakes. It is not, however, fair to ask all that we do of these figures cast into the public eye. Sophocles knew that humans were imperfect creatures, and therefore governments and rulers would be flawed by this accordingly....   [tags: Sophocles Antigone Greek Play]

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The Tragedy Of Sophocles ' Antigone

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

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Oedipus Rex by Sophocles

- Ancient Athens of the fifth century B.C saw evolutionary developments in philosophy, science and the dramatic arts of which provided citizens a very different perspective of life as it was. It was a patriarchal society which has been ruled by an Aristocratic system for hundreds of years that centred their ideals and beliefs not on individualism, but utterly the power of the gods. However in the Golden Age society’s devotion towards piety began to crumble as humanity started to examine the power of man’s achievements....   [tags: ancient athens, philosophy]

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The Philosophy of Sophocles in Oedipus the King

- o Structure: The play is divided into three parts. This is very logical. In The first part we have the problem and the accusation of Creon. In part two we have the discovery of the truth. At the end of the play we find the truth and the consequences of it. Oedipus admits his blindness, feels ashamed and is pious. The strengh of the dialogue is not felt as it is translated from Latin into English. o In what way classical and Greek drama are different from modern drama. <ol> <li value="1">- greek drama is not concerned with the description of life....   [tags: Oedipus Rex Essays]

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Oedipus the King by Sophocles

- An avid reader has the tendency to question what promotes to haunt their inner most thought. Another reader is curious to what degree of uncertainty does one owe an unparalleled fear. Often an individual finds themselves in angst due to an unknowing of what comes next in the future. It is a perfectly rational fear shared amongst all their fellow men. However, what happens to be the most terrifying concept is one that only comes to fruition when it casts the dark shadow of reality. While the fear of the unknown seems to be scary, when that exact same unknown becomes known and is detrimental to an individuals current state of being, the true fear is acknowledged....   [tags: thebes, fear, truth]

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The Tragic Hero Of Sophocles ' Oedipus The King, Antigone, And Medea

- The Ancient Greek Tragedies was a way for poets to tell a story with a twist. A way for others to see that life isn’t perfect for anyone. People get the feeling that if someone is from money, or they have the best house, that their lives must be perfect. With the Ancient Greek Tragedies, Oedipus the King, Antigone, and Medea, the poems followed Aristotle’s ideas of a real tragedy and a tragic hero. “The tragic hero is a man of noble stature. The tragic hero is good but must fall due to some flaw, inordinate ambition, quickness to anger, a tendency to jealousy, or pride....   [tags: Tragedy, Sophocles, Euripides, Greek mythology]

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