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Opedipus Free Will and Fate in Opedipus Rex by Sophocles

- Oedipus Free Will and Fate Have you ever been told that you would kill your father and marry your mother because that what Oedipus Rex was told by prophecy. In this play called Oedipus Rex, Sophocles uses his play to show the theme of free will versus fate. This play explores what is a Oedipus free will and fate and how much a this prophecy controls him. Also how can prophecy be prevented and how it affects Oedipus family. It is known that Oedipus will fulfill the prophecy of “Apollo said through his prophet that I was man who should marry his own mother, shed his father blood” LL.(945-447) but what isn’t known is how him or Jocasta will react and finding if the prophecy is infact true....   [tags: family, prophecy, fate]

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Sphinx's Three Phases of Destruction in Sophocles´ Oedipus the King

- Greek mythology frequently has a superior ruler, a ruler that figures out difficult circumstances with superior intellect. Sophocles' 'Oedipus the King' is no different. Before Oedipus arrives in Thebes, the Sphinx haunted the city by asking travelers her dark riddle "What walks on four legs in the morning, on two at noon, and on three in the evening?" With simplicity, Oedipus solves the riddle, destroys the Sphinx, marries his mother, and takes the throne. Although Oedipus figures out the riddle with ease, he cannot comprehend that the riddle has much to do with his own life....   [tags: oride, downfall, stages, riddle]

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Fahrenheit 451, by ray Bradbury and Antigone, by Sophocles

- Imagine living in a time where books have been banned and your only source of companionship was a screen on the wall. Or picture living in the city of Thebes, where you must risk execution by the king in order to give your dead brother the proper burial he deserves. These two scenarios precisely describe the worlds of Montag, from Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, and Antigone, from Sophocles’ Antigone, respectively. Though the ways in which Antigone and Montag challenge their world’s status quo are very similar, the motives and consequences behind their actions are very different....   [tags: Protagonists, Challenging Society]

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Irony in Sophocles' Antigone

-   Frank Jevons in “In Sophoclean Tragedy, Humans Create Their Own Fate” comments on Sophocles’ irony: In this connection we may consider the “irony of Sophocles.” In argument irony has many forms That which best illustrates the irony of Sophocles is the method by which the ironical man, putting apparently innocent questions or suggestions, leads some person from one preposterous statement to another, until, perhaps, the subject of the irony realizes his situation and discovers that when he thought he was most brilliant of impressive, then he was really most absurd....   [tags: Antigone essays]

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Essay on Sophocles' Antigone

- In ancient Greece, men who died in war fulfilled the civic ideal to the utmost. The women, destined to live out a degrading life, died in bed. Certainly, not all men died in battle, but every epitaph shows in one way or another, the city would always remember the men who died in war. Additionally, not all Athenian women died in bed; nonetheless, it was left to her family to preserve the memory of her not the city. No matter how perfect a woman was she would never receive the same status or level of social expectations from the city that a man received....   [tags: Antigone essays]

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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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Oedipus Rex by Sophocles

- Oedipus Rex by Sophocles In Sophocles' "Oedipus the King" which is a tragic play, which discusses the tragic discovery that Oedipus has killed his father and married his mother. Oedipus is the embodiment of the perfect Athenian. He is self-confident, intelligent, and strong willed. Ironically these are the very traits which bring about his tragic discovery. Oedipus gained the rule of Thebes by answering the riddle of The Sphinx. Sophocles used the riddle of The Sphinx as a metaphor for the 3 phases of Oedipus' life and to further characterized him as a tragic hero....   [tags: Papers]

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Essay on Sophocles' Antigone

- Heroes come in many forms. Some immense in size and strength as Hercules, some in the form of people that are shunned, such as Harriet Tubman, and some that are only valorous heroes to some, such as Kurt Cobain. These heroes have many characteristics that make people flock to their side and follow them without a moment of hesitation. In Sophocles' Antigone the hero is a women who believes in her heart far stronger than that of her leader's rule. Sophecles shows many of Antigone’s characteristics that are also seen in many heroes....   [tags: Antigone essays]

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Oedipus Rex vy Sophocles

- Sophocles utilizes the element of fate in Oedipus Rex. Fate seems to determine Oedipus' life, but he does have a free will. His choices brought the prophecy to life. Only his decisions determined the outcomes of his situations. Of course those decisions were inside of the limits set by fate. Through Sophocles’ use of foreshadowing in the play Oedipus Rex, certain truths are revealed to the reader, such as the fact that a lack of respect for fate can eventually bring on a person’s downfall, by driving them to delusion....   [tags: Athenian tragedy]

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Sophocles’ Antigone

- Sophocles’ Antigone The character of Antigone in Sophocles’ play, Antigone, is one of the most controversial tragic characters in classic literature. The war in her city has torn her family apart, caused the death of both her brothers, and created a reason for her to fight against the King, her uncle. Her uncle, Creon, makes a ruling that her brother, Polynices, is not to be buried because he is a traitor, but according to her religion, her brother’s soul will not go to the afterlife until he is buried....   [tags: Plays Literature Ancient Greece Papers]

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The Relevance of Sophocles to Today’s World

- The Relevance of Sophocles to Today’s World A play is meant to entertain. A play that amuses the audience is considered a comedy, and a play that saddens is classified as a tragedy. Sophocles wrote tragedies about ordinary people and their interaction with fate. All of Sophocles’ major characters posses a heroic flaw. A heroic flaw is a trait that brings both good and bad events upon the character (Magill 3). Sophocles’ use of heroic flaws, the irony between a prophecy and a characters attempt to avoid it, his definition of what makes someone great, and his view of laws are the reasons why his plays are still read almost two thousand years after they were written....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]

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Sophocles' Tragedies

- Sophocles' Tragedies Although Sophocles' epic story of the life of King Oedipus is widely considered a great dramatic tragedy, the last of the three plays, Antigone, deviates from the first two stories. In Sophocles' other two plays, Oedipus the King and Oedipus at Colonus, we see the misfortunes and then redemption of Oedipus. He is a king who unwillingly and unknowingly breaks the law of the land and the law of civilized humanity by killing his father and marrying his mother, then punishing himself for his actions....   [tags: Papers]

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Sophocles' Antigone

- Sophocles' Antigone Theater played a large role in ancient Greek society. The citizens were meant to learn from the mistakes made in tragedies. They should have learned what not to be like as a citizen or human. In the classic tragedy Antigone, the third and final play in Sophocles¹s Oedipus Cycle, there are two main characters, Antigone and Creon. They are both strong willed and stubborn people....   [tags: Papers]

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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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Sophocles' Oedipus Tyrannus

- Oedipus Tyrannus” is “basically is a story of a man’s discovery through persistent inquiry that he is guilty of unwitting parricide and incest, and his horrified reaction to that discovery. In “Oedipus the King”, Oedipus king of Thebes unknownly killed his biological father and married his mother. On this Ancient myth, the playwright Sophocles weaves a complex story that can be interpreted on many different levels of intellectual thinking. This play, since the time it was staged has been subjected to countless forms of analysis and interpretations....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Sophocles' Antigone

- Sophocles’ play “Antigone” illustrates the conflict between obeying human and divine law. The play opens after Oedipus’ two sons Eteocles and Polyneices have killed each other in a civil war for the throne of Thebes. Oedipus’ brother in law Creon then assumes the throne. He dictates that Eteocles shall receive a state funeral and honors, while Polyneices shall be left in the streets to rot away. Creon believes that Polyneices’ body shall be condemned to this because of his civil disobedience and treachery against the city....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Sophocles vs Euripides

- Sophocles vs Euripides Sophocles’ and Euripides’ versions of Electra carry, among many similarities, a central theme of revenge. The characters, Electra and Orestes, must reunite to avenge their father’s murder. Misfortunately, in both versions the just solution leads the siblings to destroying their own mother. Both versions of Electra can be compared to Aeschylus’ Libation Bearers. However, they are both more dramatic, and more similar to each other than if each Electra was individually compared to the play by Aeschylus....   [tags: Papers]

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Sophocles' Antigone - The Stubborn Antigone and Creon

- The Tragic Duo of Antigone and Kreon In the play Antigone, both Antigone and Kreon could be considered tragic heros. A tragic hero, defined by A Dictionary of Literary, Dramatic and Cinematic Terms, is someone who suffers due to a tragic flaw, or hamartia. This Greek word is variously translated as "tragic flaw" or "error" or "weakness". Kreon's hamartia, like in many plays, is hybris - Greek for overweening pride, arrogance, or excessive confidence. Kreon's hybris causes him to attempt to violate the laws of order or human rights, another main part of a tragic hero....   [tags: Antigone essays]

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Changing Views of The Chorus in Sophocles' Antigone

- Changing Views of The Chorus in Antigone   The chorus, a group of common people who follow the actions of the play Antigone, waver in their support of either Antigone or Creon, depending on their actions during a particular part of the story-line.  Early in the play it is evident that they are extremely pro-Creon, but a short time later they seem to sway into the direction of Antigone and support her actions.  This incongruency about the them, however, was an extremely interesting feature of this Sophocles drama, causing the reader to question the reliability of the chorus....   [tags: Antigone essays]

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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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Contradiction Between Morals in Sophocles' Antigone

- Antigone: Contradiction Between Morals In Ancient Greece, new ideals surfaced as answers to life's complicated questions. These new beliefs were centered on the expanding field of science. Man was focused on more than the Gods or heavenly concerns. A government that was ruled by the people was suggested as opposed to a monarchy that had existed for many years. Freedom of religion was encouraged in city-states. These new ideals, though good in intentions, often conflicted with each other creating complex moral dilemmas....   [tags: Antigone essays]

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The Role of Teiresias in Sophocles' Oedipus Rex

- The Role of Teiresias in Sophocles'Oedipus Rex (the King) Teiresias uses his psychic abilities to foreshadow the anguish and destruction that Oedipus will encounter after he learns the truths of his life. Teiresias is also responsible for further developing the theme of blindness by using his own physical blindness to reveal to Oedipus his mental blindness. Lastly, Teiresias is ultimately responsible for imposing dramatic irony because of his great knowledge of the truth of Oedipus. In the play, Oedipus Rex, by Sophocles, the minor character of Teiresias is responsible for foreshadowing Oedipus’ fate, developing the theme of blindness, and also illustrating dramatic irony....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]

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Essay on Creon in Sophocles' and Anouilh's Antigone

- Creon in Sophocles' and Anouilh's "Antigone"     In both plays, Creon sees himself as a passive agent rather than a villain, only acting out a predetermined set of instructions based upon certain laws and edicts. Creon tries to give the impression that he is not really in control; if it were up to him, as an individual, things would be different. Sophocles' Creon tries to wash his hands of Antigone's death by leaving her in a sealed cave. The gods will determine her fate, so he thinks. Anouilh's Creon goes so far as to admit the "childish stupidity" of his own decree....   [tags: Antigone essays]

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Sophocles’ Oedipus Cycle – Antigone, as a Feminist

- Sophocles’ Oedipus Cycle – Antigone, as a Feminist Throughout history, women have always stood in the shadows of men. In many cultures, the role of women has always been to be seen and not heard. As one of the first feminists in world literature, the character Antigone, of Sophocles’ Oedipus Cycle, displays fine characteristics of a great female leader in order to stand up against male dominance for her religious, political, and personal beliefs. When the king denies her brother, Polynices, proper burial, Antigone goes against state law by burying him herself in order to protect heavenly decree and maintain justice....   [tags: Antigone Essays]

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womenant Portrayal of Women in Sophocles' Antigone

- 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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Dramatic Irony in Sophocles' Oedipus the King

- Dramatic Irony in Sophocles' Oedipus the King Oedipus the King is a Greek tragedy written by Sophocles.  Sophocles knowing that his audience is aware of the outcome of the play utilizes that knowledge to create various situations in which dramatic irony play key roles.  Dramatic irony is when the audience knows the tragic truth before the characters do.  Through his use of irony Sophocles manages to avoid  retelling an old tale, though the audience is cognizant of the story's end they are intrigued by the irony present in the story.  Sophocles made liberal use of irony....   [tags: Oedipus King Oedipus Rex Essays Papers]

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Creon As Tragic Hero of Sophocles’ Antigone

- Creon As Tragic Hero of Sophocles’ Antigone Since the play’s inception, there has always existed a contention concerning the true hero of Sophocles’ Antigone. It is a widely held belief that Antigone must be the main character simply because she and the drama share name. This is, of course, a very logical assumption. Certainly Sophocles must have at least meant her to be viewed as the protagonist, else he would not have given her the play’s title. Analytically speaking, however, Creon does seem to more categorically fit the appellation of “Tragic Hero.” There is no doubt as to the nature of the work, that being tragedy....   [tags: essays papers]

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Creon is the Tragic Hero in Sophocles' Antigone

- Creon is the Tragic Hero of Antigone When the title of a play is a character's name, it is normally assumed that the character is the protagonist of the play. In Sophocles' Antigone, most people probably believe Antigone to be the tragic heroine, even after they have finished watching the play. It may be argued, however, that Creon, not Antigone, is the tragic character. When we examine the nature and concept of the Greek Tragedy and what it means to be a tragic character, it becomes clear that Creon is indeed the tragic hero of the play Antigone....   [tags: Antigone essays]

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The Crucial Role of Teiresias in Sophocles’ Antigone

- The Crucial Role of Teiresias in Sophocles’ Antigone Antigone is a tragic play written by Sophocles in ancient Greece during approximately 441 B.C. The story is set in a palace in Thebes, a city within Greece. Teiresias is an old blind prophet who claims to be capable of seeing the future, he has yet to tell a prophesy to be untrue; he has immense credibility. A theme within the text is: quality not quantity. In this translation of Antigone, Teiresias has exactly 76 lines of text. Physically this is very little of a role; one could assume Teiresias is not an important character at all; however, this is untrue....   [tags: Antigone Essays]

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charant Empathy for Characters in Sophocles' Antigone

- Empathy for Characters in Sophocle's Antigone Sophocle's tragic play Antigone, written in 441 BC, is a theatrical piece of drama in which an audience is compelled to empathize with its character's. When empathizing with characters in Antigone the audience can, in imaginative and cognitive ways, participate in the understanding of a character's feelings, ideas as well as their situations. Antigone, Creon and Ismene all struggle with decisions that concern the laws of their city and the cosmic law of religion and moral judgement....   [tags: Antigone essays]

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Free Will in Sophocles' Play, Oedipus the King

- In Sophocles' play Oedipus the King, the roles of free will and destiny in human life come into question, and it seems that Sophocles took a direct standpoint on the answer. One interpretation of the play provides the notion that Sophocles was pointing out to his fellow Greeks the reality of human free will. The question arises throughout the episodes of the play: Is it fate or autonomic decision-making that determines the course of events in the life of Oedipus. To the Greeks, one aspect of this argument was the idea that the character of an individual greatly affected his or her fate in life....   [tags: Oedipus the King Essays]

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Sympathy for the Main Character in Sophocles' Antigone

- Sympathy for the Main Character in Sophocles' Antigone Sophocles' play is named after its main character, Antigone, and for one the first times in Greek Tragedy it is a woman. In this play, Antigone is clearly the protagonist, as she is showed in her grief, seems sympathetic and the reader or spectator sees her from the beginning; it creates more impact and draws attention to the extremity of her feelings and emotions....   [tags: Papers]

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Creon as Tragic Hero of Sophocles' Antigone

- Creon as Tragic Hero of Sophocles' Antigone There has always been a bit of confusion as to the tragic hero of the Greek Drama Antigone. Many assume that simply because the play is named for Antigone, that she is the tragic hero. However, evidence supports that Creon, and not Antigone, is the tragic hero of the play. Examining the factors that create a Greek Tragedy, and a tragic character, it is clear that the tragic hero is in fact Creon. First, take into account the timeframe in which Antigone was written....   [tags: Antigone essays]

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Sophocles' Antigone - Antigone as Bad Citizen

- Antigone – The Bad Citizen Being a good citizen often involves doing something out of the ordinary to help others. Sometimes, that involves going against the will of others to do what the good citizen might think is best. Although this is traditionally the case, the biggest factor in being a good citizen is great respect for the nation in which one lives. If one wants to be a good citizen, he or she might go out of his or her way to help others, however, must do so within the rules of the nation....   [tags: Antigone essays]

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The True Tragic Hero of Sophocles' Antigone

- Antigone: The True Tragic Hero Antigone, is the drama written by Sohpocles. There is still a great debate on who is the true tragic hero in Sophocles' Antigone, Creon or Antigone. Many people believes that it must be Antigone, herself. This is because Antigone is an outstanding example of someone who did what she thought was right, while she was among fools, many hardships, and people who were discouragingly uncourageous. When the king Creon ordered that the body of Polyneices, Antigone's brother, be left to rot unburied because he had died as a traitor, she tried to buried him even she knew that she would be punished....   [tags: Antigone essays]

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Creon as the Tragic Hero of Sophocles' Antigone

- Creon as the Tragic Hero of Sophocles' Antigone      Who is the true tragic hero in Sophocles' Antigone?  This question has been the subject of a great debate for numerous years.  Equal arguments exist that portray Antigone as the tragic heroine in the play and Creon as the tragic hero.  Aristotle, in his study of Greek drama entitled Poetics, provided the framework that determines the tragic hero of a work.  Though Antigone definitely possesses the characteristics and qualities that are mentioned, Creon comes across as the true tragic hero of Antigone....   [tags: Antigone heroant trajant]

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Sophocles’ Oedipus the King and the Human Condition

- Sophocles’ Oedipus the King and the Human Condition Oedipus is living in a dream from which he is only just beginning to awake. In this dream, he not only believes that he is in control of his own fate but that he is in control of his own identity. He assumes that he has three virtues: wisdom, reason, and self-control. When he attempts to use these virtues, however, he discovers that he is mistaken on all three counts. His first mistake is believing that he is wise. From this wisdom he hopes to maintain control over the events around him, but true wisdom is actually surrendering to the fact that control is an illusion, a "seeming." His second mistake is believing that he is a rational...   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]

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Sophocles' Antigone - Creon's Fatal Flaw

- Antigone - Creon's Fatal Flaw A master artisan and innovator of the Greek tragedy, Sophocles' insightful plays have held their value throughout countless time periods and societies. Through the use of common literary techniques, Sophocles was able to express themes and ideas that reflect all of humankind. On particular idea was that Sophocles believed that hubris is destructive and will eventually lead to one's demise. Creon, the proud king of Thebes has such a fatal flaw. His hubris alienates Teiresias, Haimon, and his people....   [tags: Antigone essays]

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Sophocles's Electra vs. Euripides's Electra

- Euripides and Sophocles wrote their own versions of the Electra story. The basic plot is as follows: Agamemnon is killed by Clytemnestra and her lover Aegisthus after he returns from the Trojan war to reclaim his sister-in-law Helen from the Trojans. Electra and her brother Orestes plot to kill their mother and her lover to revenge his death. Both authors wrote about the same plot, but the built the story very differently. Sophocles focused on Orestes, and Euripides focused more on the life of Electra....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Oedipus The King

- Greek tragedy is characterized by the emotional discharging brought about by the suffering of a heroic figure. In Oedipus The King, by Sophocles, the agony of pain attacking the protagonist is a result of his tragic flaw. Sophocles often uses a characters hamartia to alter or influence the future or outcome of the hero, in this case, Oedipus. Oedipus' hubris traps him into fulfilling the vision and intensifies his punishment. Oedipus' pride is an inherited characteristic. Even before his glory and power as King of Thebes, he allowed his conceit to affect his judgment and rule his actions....   [tags: Sophocles]

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Creon as the Tragic Hero in Sophocles' Antigone

- Creon as the Tragic Hero in Antigone     This essay will compare two of the characters in “Antigone”, Antigone and Creon, in an effort to determine the identity of the tragic hero in this tale.             To identify the tragic hero in Sophocles’ renowned play “Antigone”, we should first consider both the elements present in Greek tragedies and what characteristics define a tragic hero. Aristotle’s definition of tragedy is: “Tragedy is a story taking the hero from happiness to misery because of a fatal flaw or mistake on his part....   [tags: Antigone essays]

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Vision and Blindness In Oedipus Tyrannus by Sophocles

- The play Oedipus Tyrannus, written by Sophocles, is a play filled with symbols and irony involving the aspect of both vision and blindness. This aspect of the novel takes on an important role in the life of Oedipus, the ruler of Thebes. He originally feels as though he knows and sees everything, nevertheless, as the motto of the Oracle at Delphi states, he does not "know thyself," as he will find out toward the end of the play. The notion of seeing and blindness becomes an important and ironic symbol in the tragic fall of Oedipus, a man who could not escape his lot or moira....   [tags: Oedipus Rex Essays]

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Creon - The Tragic Hero in Sophocles' Antigone

- Creon - The Tragic Hero in Antigone There is still a great debate on who is, in fact, the tragic hero in Sophocles’ Antigone. Many hold that it must be Antigone, herself; after all, the play does bear her name. But in actuality, Creon, not Antigone, is the tragic hero. In order to determine whether or not Creon is the tragic hero, one will first have to answer the question, “What is a tragic hero?” Aristotle, when discussing the nature of such a hero in his theory of drama, states that such a hero is neither purely innocent nor purely evil....   [tags: Antigone essays]

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Creon The Tragic Hero of Sophocles Antigone

- Creon The Tragic Hero of Sophocles Antigone Every Greek tragedy must have a tragic hero. In Sophocle’s play, Antigone, the most tragic hero is Creon. He is an essentially good man of high position who takes pride in his role as king. He possesses the tragic flaws of excessive pride and an oversized ego. This causes the tragic reversal that leads to his emotional ruin and eventual remorse and repentance. As King of Thebes, Creon is forced to make difficult decisions. As a new ruler, he feels it is necessary to prove himself to his citizens, therefore he rules his state with a firm hand....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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Sophocles' Oedipus the King and Homer's Odyssey

- Sophocles&#8217; Oedipus the King and Homer&#8217;s Odyssey both deal on the topic of truth. In both works the character Tiresias, a blind prophet, participates in the different journeys by revealing various truths to the main characters. While the main importance of Tiresias in The Odyssey is to show that truth can be helpful, his importance in Oedipus the King is to attempt to discourage Oedipus on his journey to find the truth because he knows the truth can be negative as well. The first thing that should be examined is the different ways that Tiresias reveals the truth in the two works....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Moral and Political Law in Sophocles' Antigone

- Moral and Political Law in Sophocles' Antigone In Sophocles' play Antigone, the tragedy is brought by the conflict between the moral laws and manmade political laws. Neither Kreon nor Antigone is clearly "right" or "wrong". In other words they are both "right" and "wrong". The moral laws are essential to keep faith in one's heart and have strength in oneself. Political laws help determine what is just and unjust to prevent the chaos that might occur if everyone did what they think is right....   [tags: Papers]

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The Characters of Antigone and Creon in Antigone by Sophocles

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

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God Versus Man in Sophocles' Antigone

- God Versus Man in Antigone      Throughout Sophocles’ drama, Antigone, there are many themes that can be traced. One of the most predominant themes is god versus man, which appears not only in Antigone, but also in many of the classic Greek tragedies written in Sophocles’ time. Choragos: There is no happiness where there is no wisdom;   No wisdom but in submission to the gods.   Big words are always punished,   And proud men in old age learn to be wise.  (158) The quotation above serves as the moral for this tragedy, which includes an illustration of the theme as it was applied to the play.  In the drama, Antigone, the theme of the inner struggle between alleg...   [tags: Antigone essays]

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True Tragic Hero in Sophocles' Antigone

- The True Tragic Hero in Sophocles' Antigone In Master Sophocles' Antigone, the question of who the tragic hero really is has been a subject of debate for a great number years. Creon does possess some of the qualities that constitute a tragic hero but unfortunately does not completely fit into the role. Antigone, however, possesses all the aspects of a tragic hero. These are, in no particular order, having a high social position, not being overly good or bad, being tenacious in their actions, arousing pity in the audience, a revelatory manifestation, and having a single flaw that brings about their own demise and the demise of others around them....   [tags: Antigone essays]

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Creon is the Tragic Hero of in Sophocles' Antigone

- Creon is the Tragic Hero of Antigone Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I am here today to argue the title of tragic hero in the play Antigone by Sophocles. I would like to start off by saying that it will be extremely difficult for me to have the passion that I usually have because of my client. My client's ruthless leadership disgusts me in the worst way. But I will still stand in front of you, the jury, and defend my client. As I said before I am here to argue the title of tragic hero in the play Antigone....   [tags: Antigone essays]

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Oedipus the King - A Greek Tragedy by Sophocles

- Oedipus arrives at Thebes and finds the city under the curse of the Sphinx who will not free the city unless the riddle is answered. Oedipus solves the riddle and is rewarded and made king. Laius, former king, has been killed and Oedipus has married the widowed queen, Iokaste. Now another plague is raging and the people of Thebes have asked Oedipus to rescue them. Kreon, Iokaste's brother returns from Apollo's oracle with the news that Laius's murder must be punished in order to rid the city of the plague....   [tags: Oedipus Rex Essays]

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Feminism in Sophocles' Antigone and Shakespeare's Othello

- Feminism in Antigone and Othello          Feminism has been one of the most important forces in shaping our modern-day society. Thanks to the women's rights movement, females today enjoy rights and freedoms that are unprecedented in the history of Western civilization. However, it was not always this way. Whereas modern literature that contains feminist messages barely gets a second thought, readers in our time are intrigued and impressed by feminist works coming from a decidedly male-biased past....   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism]

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- Character Changes in Antigone In Sophocles' Greek tragedy, Antigone, two characters undergo character changes. During the play the audience sees these two characters' attitudes change from close-minded to open-minded. It is their close-minded, stubborn attitudes, which lead to their decline in the play, and ultimately to a series of deaths. In the beginning Antigone is a close minded character who later becomes open minded. After the death of her brothers, Eteocles and Polyneices, Creon becomes the ruler of Thebes....   [tags: Antigone essays]

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Creon's Tragic Insecurity in Sophocles' Antigone

- Creon's Tragic Insecurity in Antigone In ancient Greek tragedies at least one character has the misfortune of having a tragic flaw. The flaw usually effects the protagonist and leads to his down fall. Normally, the characters close to the protagonist are all affected by his flaw. In Antigone, by Sophocles, Creon's tragic flaw is that he is insecure. Creon's insecurity leads to the death of many people and to his own downfall. At many times, Creon feels that people are directing everything toward him, when of course they are not....   [tags: Antigone essays]

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Comparing Sophocles' Antigone and Jean Anouilh's Antigone

- Both Sophocles and Jean Anouilh use the simple story-line of a girl defying her uncle and king in the face of death to reflect upon the events and attitudes of their days. Sophocles' Antigone models the classical pattern of tragedy by incorporating key elements such as a tragic hero with a fatal flaw and the Man-God-Society triangle. Creon is the tragic hero who disturbs the natural harmony of Thebes by denying Polyneices a funeral. Antigone is the catalyst who forces him to reckon with the consequences of his pride and arrogance....   [tags: Antigone Compare Contrast Essays]

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Sophocles' Oedipus the King and Cocteau's The Infernal Machine

- Sophocles' Oedipus the King and Cocteau's The Infernal Machine     Sophocles' Oedipus the King and Cocteau's The Infernal Machine relate the same story, yet from quite different angles. Sophocles' play is written in heightened language and spends 1,530 lines on an hour of time. On the other hand, Cocteau's characters speak colloquially, and his 96 pages cover 17 years, putting much more emphasis on the events prior to where Sophocles begins his play. Sophocles and Cocteau present Oedipus' character in different lights, and through these characters express contrary themes....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex (the King) and Seneca’s Oedipus

- Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex (the King) and Seneca’s Oedipus   Contrary to Sophocles’ Oedipus that was written to the Greeks, a peaceful and wise audience, Seneca’s Oedipus was written to the Romans, a militaristic and violent community.  Seneca successfully appeals to the elements of Roman literature; therefore, Edith Hamilton in The Roman Way calls him the “Father of sentimental drama.”  Seneca wrote the play in around 50 AD about 480 years after Sophocles’ production.  The Roman audience responded to a melodramatic plot rather than the tragic theme of the former Oedipus.  Seneca, in rewriting the play Oedipus makes significant adjustments to suit the Roman audience, particularly plot and s...   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Nomos vs. Physis in Sophocles’Antigone and the Modern World

- Nomos vs. Physis in Sophocles’Antigone and the Modern World The Greek play, Antigone, written by Sophocles in the year 441 BCE, honors the Greek god of wine, Dionysus. It is hard to imagine that a play, written century ago for an imaginary god, would still be widely popular and have great significance in today's world. Using two main characters, Antigone and Creon, Sophocles creates a dialogue that examines two very different views of nomos (law) and physis (nature), the focal point of all Greek beliefs....   [tags: Antigone Real World]

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Comparing The Chorus of Sophocles' Antigone and America's News Channels

- Comparing The Chorus of Sophocles' Antigone and America's News Channels The Greek Chorus is very similar to America's news channels because it brings the people the news in a way that they can understand it. The play Antigone by Sophocles is a tragic drama structured around the argument between a king and two sisters about the burial of their brother. Antigone can be compared to the conflict surrounding granting illegal immigrants amnesty. The Chorus is a group of people who provide background information, interpret the information, and relate it to human nature....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]

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Comparing Today's Media and the Chorus of Sophocles' play, Antigone

- Comparing Today's Media and the Chorus of Sophocles' play, Antigone When you think of ancient Greece, what do you think of. Do you think of outrageous myths and impossible art. Do you think ancient Greek culture has absolutely no effect on today. What many people don't realize is that the ancient Greeks have immensely affected the world today. The chorus in Sophocles' play, Antigone greatly relates to Daniel McGinn's article, "Guilt Free TV." Antigone is a girl who wants to obey the gods and give her deceased brother a proper burial even though her uncle, Creon, King of Thebes, forbids it by law....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]

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confant Conflict of Passion and Reason in Sophocles' Antigone

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

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Blindness, Sight and Eyes in Sophocles' Oedipus The King

- The Deeper Meaning of Sight and Eyes in Sophocles' Oedipus The King In Sophocles' play, "Oedipus The King," the continuous references to eyes and sight possess a much deeper meaning than the literal message. These allusions are united with several basic underlying themes. The story contains common Ancient Greek philosophies, including those of Plato and Parmenides, which are often discussed and explained during such references. A third notion is the punishment of those who violate the law of the Gods....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]

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William Shakespeare's Hamlet and Sophocles' Oedipus the King

- William Shakespeare's Hamlet and Sophocles' Oedipus the King      Though Shakespeares’ Hamlet and Sophocles’ Oedipus the King were written in two different eras, echoes of the latter can be found in the former. The common theme of Hamlet and Oedipus the King is regicide. Also, like in Oedipus the King, there is a direct relationship between the state of the state and the state of their kings. Furthermore, there is also a relationship between Oedipus’ armed entrance into the bedroom in which Jocasta hanged herself, and Hamlet’s confrontation of Gertrude in her bedroom....   [tags: Hamlet Oedipus King Essays]

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Essay on Sin in Sophocles' Oedipus the King and Ibsen's Ghosts

- The Impact of Sin in Sophocles' Oedipus the King and Ibsen's Ghosts       Sophocles' play Oedipus the King was written for a Greek audience as a religious right and lesson around two thousand years ago, while Ibsen's play Ghosts was written as a criticism of the Norwegian society during the 1890's. Although these plays were written for very different reasons and under different circumstances, the universal theme connecting them is mankind's liability to sin because the results affect a greater whole....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex Fulfills All of the Requirements of a Tragedy

- Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex Fulfills All of the Requirements of a Tragedy Throughout Poetics, Aristotle describes what traits a tragedy must have to be successful. To support these choices, he makes use of a small analysis of many tragedies, including many of Sophocles’ plays; Oedipus Rex is one of the plays mentioned in Aristotle’s Poetics. Some of these traits include a successful plot structure, recognition scenes, and a correct choice for its hero. In Oedipus Rex, Sophocles fulfills all of these requirements....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]

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Comparing Revenge in Aeschylus' The Oresteia Trilogy and Sophocles' Electra

- Revenge in Aeschylus' The Oresteia Trilogy and Sophocles' Electra   The act of revenge in classical Greek plays and society is a complex issue with unavoidable consequences. In certain instances, it is a more paramount concern than familial ties. When a family member is murdered another family member is expected to seek out and administer revenge. If all parties involved are of the same blood, the revenge is eventually going to wipe out the family. Both Aeschylus, through "The Oresteia Trilogy," and Sophocles, through "Electra," attempt to show the Athenians that revenge is a just act that at times must have no limits on its reach....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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confant Pride and Conflict of Law in Sophocles' Antigone

- Antigone - Pride and Conflict of Law Sophocles' Antigone, in its later phases is no longer about the conflict of law; It is about stubbornness and self will, about the sin of refusing to listen; about a man who has never been told. Conflict of law, presents the initial disturbance within Thebes. Creon, King of Thebes, refuses to bury the body of Polynices, for in his eyes Polynices is 'his country's enemy' Antigone pg.131. Thus, despite breaking the laws of the gods, Creon holds his power higher than that of God and heavens and enforces his law....   [tags: Antigone essays]

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Sophocles' Antigone - Creon is Donig the Right Thing

- Defending Creon: a monarch within his rights to rule In Antigone, especially with the feminist movement now holding the title character, as prototypical downtrodden woman, the king Creon is often villified. While accepting the fact that Creon has misogynist tendencies, the gender issues can cause the pure argument of validity of actions, to fall by the wayside. So supposing for a moment, that Antigone's rebellion had been undertaken by a male, would Creon's choices have been different. Did he choose such harsh punishment and intractable course because Antigone was a woman ....   [tags: Antigone essays]

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Self-Discovery and the Pursuit of Truth in Sophocles' Oedipus

- Self-Discovery and the Pursuit of Truth in Sophocles' Oedipus It is said that the truth will set you free, but in the case of Sophocles’ Oedipus, the truth drives a man to imprison himself in a world of darkness by gouging out his eyes. As he scours the city for truth, Oedipus’ ruin is ironically mentioned and foreshadowed in the narrative. With these and other devices Sophocles illuminates the king’s tragic realization and creates a firm emotional bond with the audience....   [tags: Oedipus Rex Essays]

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Comparing the Downfalls of Sophocles' Oedipus and Shakespeare's Othello

- Oedipus and Othello were both honorable and heroic men that became the victims of tragic downfalls that can be compared and contrasted with each other. Sophocles, the writer of Oedipus the King, and Williams Shakespeare, the writer of Othello, were both enormously influential playwrights of their respective generations and their legacy continues today. The two playwrights made their masterpieces during different eras; Sophocles life coincided with the Golden Age of Greek tragedy and Shakespeare worked during the Elizabethian period....   [tags: Compare Contrast Comparison]

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Creon Defines the Tragic Hero in Sophocles' Antigone

- Antigone - Creon Defines the Tragic Hero    Antigone, written by Sophocles is a tale of a tragic hero who suffers with the recognition and realization of his tragic flaw. Although this short story is titled after Antigone, Creon is the main character and he provides the moral significance in the play. First, Creon withholds the respect of his citizens but it is clear to them he is not perfect through his pride (tragic flaw). Secondly, his radical reversal of fortune is made clear after he struggles with the recognition of his fatal flaw....   [tags: Antigone essays]

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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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Horror and Self-punishment in Sophocles' Oedipus Rex

- Horror and Self-punishment in Sophocles' Oedipus Rex An ancient plate portraying Oedipus listening to the riddle of the Sphinx. Oedipus Rex is a play whose qualities of inscrutability and of pervasive irony quickly come to complicate any critical discussion. It is a play of transformations in which things change before our eyes as we watch; where meanings and implications seem to be half-glimpsed beneath the surface of the text only to vanish as we try to take them in; and where ironical resemblance and reflections abound to confuse our response....   [tags: Oedipus the King]

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The 1st Stasimon in Sophocles’ Play, Oedipus the King

- The 1st Stasimon in Sophocles’ Play, Oedipus the King The 1st Stasimon in Sophocles’ play ‘Oedipus the King’ is mainly showing the Chorus’ confusion in regards to Tiresias’ accusations made towards Oedipus. The Chorus seem terrified and powerless, and, like Oedipus, do not want to believe the accusations. They feel that the gods know the truth, yet will not reveal it, thus feeling as though the gods are of no real help. There are many issues and techniques to be discussed in regards to the 1st Stasimon, one of these being the significance of the section....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]

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Sophocles' Antigone - Creon and Antigone are Two of a Kind

- Creon and Antigone – Two of a Kind A popular message of the media these days is that underneath the surface, despite our external differences, we're all really quite similar.  Whether or not that is a universal truth, it certainly applies to Creon and Antigone, the main characters Sophocles' tragedy Antigone.  They appear different outwardly but are two of a kind in personality.  Throughout Antigone, they are in almost constant contention with each other.  They are on opposite sides of an argument, and they lash out at each other unrelentingly.  But, despite their obvious difference, Creon and Antigone are far more alike than they seem at first glance....   [tags: Antigone essays]

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Creon and Antigone as Tragic Heroes in Sophocles' Antigone

- Creon and Antigone as Tragic Heroes Creon and Antigone, main characters in the Greek tragedy Antigone by Sophocles share some of the same characteristics that make up a tragic hero, but to varying degrees. Antigone, daughter of her mother/grandmother, Jocasta, and father, Oedipus is head strong, proud, and stubborn. She had three siblings, Ismene her sister, and two brothers Eteocles and Polyneices who found there deaths at the end of each others sword in battle over which would become king of Thebes....   [tags: Antigone essays]

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Creon in In Sophocles' Tragedies Oedipus the King and Antigone

- In Sophocles’ tragedies Oedipus the King and Antigone Creon’s character experiences great change throughout his life. Creon goes from being a respectable, honorable man with good judgment, to a disrespectable, dishonorable, king. The first impression of the younger Creon is he very religious. He is also obedient to his friend & king Oedipus. Also when Creon is younger he takes advice from people. Creon in Antigone will not listen to anyone’s advice or leadership. He becomes so conceited he makes a law against the gods....   [tags: essays research papers]

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moralant Essay on the Moral Dilemma in Sophocles' Antigone

- Antigone: Barbaric King, Hopeful Princess and Moral Dilemma Antigone is a play that mainly deals with differences among characters that cause life long drawbacks and threatening resolutions. The drama is portrayed through Antigone and Creon's characters who undoubtedly resemble each other. Although they try to be masters of their own fate and eventually succumb to grieving outcomes, they both seem to have the values of a tragic hero. Although, they have their differences, their battle with one another illustrates them both as moral characters full of pride and arrogance....   [tags: Antigone essays]

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Sophocles' Antigone - Antigone and Creon, the Powerful Protagonists

- The Two Protagonists of Antigone In the classic model of dramatic structure, two characters move the action of the play from introduction to climax to resolution with their conflict. One of these characters is the protagonist; the other is the antagonist. The protagonist is generally regarded as the "good guy," and the antagonist is the "bad guy." In Sophocles' play Antigone, the lines between protagonist and antagonist are blurred. In the Greek tradition, the title character is the protagonist, but in this play, the supposed antagonist Creon also displays characteristics of the protagonist....   [tags: Antigone essays]

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Antigone

- Title: Antigone Author: Sophocles Setting: The play takes place in Thebes and starts at dawn following the night Polyneices and Eteocles (Antigone's brothers) fight for the thrown Oedipus (their father) held. Polyneices fights against his own country, the city of Thebes, and his brother fights defending it. They kill each other in the battle and Creon (their uncle and the king of Thebes) decided to leave Polyneices on the field to rot because he defied his own country, and anyone who tried to interfere with his edict would be dealt harsh consequences, even death....   [tags: Sophocles]

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