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    and ultimately brings about his own downfall. Creon has great power as the head of the great city of Thebes, but although Creon has power, he does not act responsibly. He does not care for Antigone, and ignores her explanations for why she buried Polynices. He does not care for his own son, Haemon, in his pleas for Antigone, his fiancée. Finally, he does not listen to the prophet Tiresias until after Tiresias has left, with Tiresias tells him not to kill Antigone and to allow Polyneices to be buried

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    Sophocles' Antigone

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    Being a part of a family forces one to have responsibilities and duties that are needed to be fulfilled. In Sophocles’ Greek tragedy, Antigone, Antigone has the responsibility of being loyal to her brother, Polynices. Her intuition and strong will discourages her from listening to the power of the state and to disobey some of her family to respect another part of her family. Her devotion leads to the destruction of Creon and herself, but her role as a part of her family does not stand in her determination

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    to go against the decree of the King Creon by refusing to let her brother, Polynices, remain unburied and without traditional burial rituals. Tiresias, a blind prophet, advises King Creon against his stubbornness and challenges Creon’s power by predicting the outcome of tragedy if King Creon does not adhere to his words. King Creon lastly declares that not even the Gods above can save the unburied body of Polynices, thus exercising his mortal

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    Oedipus The King: Summary

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    fighting for the throne, he becomes mad, and places a curse on them that they will kill each other. On Polynices arrival, “He tells of how his brother, Eteocles… turned against him… he plans to regain the throne by force” (Oedipus at Colonus 2). When

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    have suffered./Now I do not” (70,71,72). Antigone buried her brother because she believes the gods are on her throughout the whole process. Creon wouldn’t let anyone bury him by but risking her own life Polynices will enjoy eternal life. Most importantly for Antigone family comes first, Polynices died for what he believed was right and so that’s what Antigone is did for her own brother by burying him even though Creon wouldn’t let anyone. “But I will bury him, and if I must die,/I say that this crime

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    reverence to family and the sacred ties of kinship are evident. Antigone’s two brothers, Eteocles and Polynices, kill each other in battle. Creon, the king, decrees that Polynices is traitorous and therefore must not be buried or mourned. Antigone believes in loyalty to family over loyalty to the state. This loyalty is seen in the first scene when Antigone asks her sister, Ismene, to help her bury Polynices. Antigone says, “I’ll bury him myself. And even if I dies in the act, the death will be a glory”

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    Antigone

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    When he learned of the truth, Oedipus blinded himself and Jocasta committed suicide. Together, Oedipus and Jocasta were to have four children. Their two sons were named Polynices and Eteocles while the two daughters were named Ismene and Antigone. In the palace, Oedipus stayed with his children. It was agreed upon that Polynices and Eteocles would govern the city of Thebes in alternate years, but when their quarrels and disobedience were too much to bear with, their father placed a curse upon them

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    society’s perception of the king and his laws. Her message gained a contagious element from her passion for a revolution, urging others to act as well. So while Polynices was never buried, Creon’s family and Antigone suicided, and Creon made no apparent change in character, other people were moved by Antigone’s fraternal love. Her

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    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. In doing this, she steps out of her place as a woman in a male dominated society. In order to characterize Antigone

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    Through their actions throughout the play Ismene and Antigone are loyal to their family yet in very different ways. Throughout the play Antigone is portrayed as a heroine for responding to her duty to bury Polynices. If she did not bury him his legacy would be tarnished. However, on the opposing side by not obeying Creon her uncle people may begin to question his authority if his own niece does not obey him. In the end Antigone chooses to obey the gods and “loving

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