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The Tragic Heros in Sophocles' Antigone - In Sophocles' Antigone, the question of whom the real tragic hero comes into play. Antigone possesses all the aspects of a tragic hero. Creon possesses many qualities of a tragic hero, but doesn’t totally fit in the role. These traits include: not being overly “wholesome or corrupt”, being persistent in their actions, developing pity in the audience or reader- especially in the beginning of the story, and having a major flaw that is their ultimate downfall. Antigone possesses all of these traits therefore qualifying as the tragic hero....   [tags: immoral, heroine, death]
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The Theme of Fatalism in Antigone - ... Find'st thou pleasure in these gibes. ANTIGONE 'Tis a sad mockery, if indeed I mock. ISMENE O say if I can help thee even now. ANTIGONE No, save thyself; I grudge not thy escape. ISMENE Is e'en this boon denied, to share thy lot. ANTIGONE Yea, for thou chosed'st life, and I to die. (544-556) Teiresias, a prophet, warned Creon that evicting Antigone would result in his own misfortune but Antigone had already committed suicide. The fact that Creon freed Antigone under the fear that the prophet will prove right and he will die further reinstates the fatalistic nature of the story....   [tags: tragedy, heroine, bury, choice] 1048 words
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Questioning the Fate of Antigone - I chose to write my essay over a topic revolving around the question of whether Antigone’s death could have been saved or whether it was even changeable. The article The Death of Antigone wrote by Joseph S. Morgan gives opinions by the writer that suggests answers to these questions. Joseph explains the opinion of scholars that suggest that Creon could have chosen the fate of Antigone or Creon was unable to save Antigone. He does not seem to agree or disagree with the opinions being held, rather explaining why each opinion is not questionable....   [tags: Joseph S Morgan, The Death of Creon]
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Conformity and Rebellion in Antigone - ... Think what Creon will do!” (469). Ismene is telling Antigone that she is scared of burying Polynices behind Creon’s back, because if they get caught they will be punished greatly. Ismene and everybody else in Thebes are scared of Creon’s power and strength. However, in the same conversation because Antigone and Ismene, Antigone claims,” Creon is not strong enough to stand in my way” (469). The one thing that is keeping Antigone from accomplishing her goal is Creon’s impact on the people. Though, she says that Creon can’t stop her, Antigone is wrong because Creon has stopped her until the end of the story where he eventually decides to bury Polynices out of grief....   [tags: conflict, change, mistakes, rebel]
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The Tragic Hero in Sophocles´Antigone - In Greek tragedies, tragedians always establish a tragic hero who descends from grace due to a fatal flaw as well as someone who is of nobility. Moreover this character may also experience peripeteia, anagnorisis, and of course, a terrible ending (“Tragic Hero as Defined by Aristotle”). One Greek tragedy that involves a tragic hero is Sophocles’ Antigone which portrays two characters who strive for what they believe in, either state law or divine law, which leads to their demise. These two characters are King Creon and Antigone....   [tags: Flaws, Pride]
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The True Tragic Hero of Antigone - What makes a hero. In our society, a hero is thought of as a tall man who wears a cape and has super powers, but to the Greeks, it was very different. In every Greek tragedy, there is the tragic hero, defined by Aristotle as a character who is an extraordinary person, with both good and bad qualities. Although the character reaches a level of insight, a tragic flaw, such as hamartia, leads to their failure in the end. A perfect example of this can be found in Sophocles’ trilogy, The Theban Plays which follows the struggling city of Thebes and the efforts of its rulers to escape their misfortune....   [tags: Greek Tragedy, Character Analysis]
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The Notions of Justice in The Republic and Antigone - Within two classical works of philosophical literature, notions of justice are presented plainly. Plato’s The Republic and Sophocles’ Antigone both address elements of death, tyranny and immorality, morality, and societal roles. These topics are important elements when addressing justice, whether in the societal representation or personal representation. Antigone uses the concept of death in many ways when unfolding the tragic story of Antigone and her rebellion. The most obvious way is how death is used as a form of capital punishment and justice against state-dubbed criminals and wrongdoers....   [tags: creon, justice, morality, plato]
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Sophocles´ Antigone and Euripides´ The Bacchae - Sophocles’ Antigone and Euripides’ The Bacchae are indubitably plays of antitheses and conflicts, and this condition is personified in the manifestation of their characters, each completely opposed to the other. Both tragedians reveal tensions between two permanent and irreconcilable moral codes; divine law represented by Antigone and Dionysus and human law represented by Creon and Pentheus. The central purpose is evidently the association of law which has its consent in political authority and the law which has its consent in the private conscience, the association of obligations imposed on human beings as citizens and members of state, and the obligations imposed on them in the home as mem...   [tags: conflicts, divine law, nature law] 1058 words
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Roles of Women in Antigone - Roles of Women in the Greek Tragedy Antigone Despite the male dominant society of Ancient Greece, the women in Sophocles’ play Antigone all express capabilities of powerful influence and each individually possess unique characteristics, showing both similarities and contrasts. The women in the play are a pivotal aspect that keeps the plot moving and ultimately leads to the catharsis of this tragedy. Beginning from the argument between Antigone and Ismene to Eurydice’s suicide, a male takes his own life and another loses everything he had all as a result of the acts these women part take in....   [tags: Greek tragedy analysis]
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The True Tragic Hero of Antigone - Has your pride ever stopped you from doing something. In Sophicles play Antigone. The king Creon indirectly kills his whole family by being stubborn and not listening to others opinions. Throughout his journey he displays the characteristics of Aristotle; tragic hero. These include being extraordinary, having good and bad sides, a tragic flaw, becoming aware of his mistakes and failing miserably in the end. Creon evolves a lot in this story and even though it ends tragically, he becomes a better person by the end....   [tags: Greek Tragedy, Character Analysis]
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Family Vs. Country in Antigone - Antigone and Creon are the main and most opinionated actors in the play Antigone. They are both passionate about their beliefs and values. Being stubborn plays a key role in the conflict because they don’t try to come to an agreement nor see eye to eye. Although they have opposite opinions, a compromise is still possible because they both value the gods very strongly. They are also firm believers of loyalty and loyal to their beliefs. Antigone thought Polynices should have the respectful burial that he deserves because that it something one needs to be with the gods....   [tags: beliefs, values, stubborn, loyalty, compromise]
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Fate in Antigone, Beowulf, and the World - The concept of fate in the lives of men and woman is something that has been around for as long as history has been recorded. However it feels like fate works better as a tool for writers through the ages, than as a way to know the true path of people’s lives. Religion is something that has been interwoven with fate, however the concept can be too easily manipulated in the world for it to tell the story of an entire life. In the end, the only thing that all men and women are fated to do is die, and even that is not determined until the day that it happens....   [tags: religion, death, fame] 1003 words
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Antigone and Oedipus by Sophocles - “Antigone & Oedipus” By Sophocles are great stories of Tragedy and adversity. Creon, Oedipus and Antigone are truly engaged in struggle with reality, destiny and self-pity, for life. “Oedipus The King” is the tragic story of a man of a noble structure but is triggered by great tragedies and realities of him-self that shatter his existence. From the beginning of the story Oedipus is shown as a noble caring man. He is greatly worried about the plague in Thebes “but my spirit grieves for the city, for myself and all of you” he tells the priest and his people of Thebes, however He is also impetuous and suspicious of the motive of His friends; But these flaws may not be considered as a reason to...   [tags: Creon, Tragedy, Adversity] 794 words
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Antigone and Oedipus by Sophocles - “Antigone & Oedipus” By Sophocles are great stories of Tragedy and adversity. Creon, Oedipus and Antigone are truly engaged in struggle with reality, destiny and self-pity, for life. “Oedipus The King” is the tragic story of a man of a noble structure but is triggered by great tragedies and realities of him-self that shatter his existence. From the beginning of the story Oedipus is shown as a noble caring man. He is greatly worried about the plague in Thebes “but my spirit grieves for the city, for myself and all of you” he tells the priest and his people of Thebes, however He is also impetuous and suspicious of the motive of His friends; But these flaws may not be considered as a reason to...   [tags: Tragedy, Creon, Oedipus] 794 words
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Justice and Social Order in Antigone - Glorified overeating. Two words that together create the ultimate oxymoron, in a society obsessed with body image. Adam Richman, the host of the popular television program Man v. Food, is showing his viewers the sport in eating. Each episode this attractive and far from obese man eats a humanly impossible quantity of food. The feat quickly escalates into a spectacle, with chanting fans and opponents salted and deep-fried. The spectacle of overeating has been transformed into a sport and one celebrated by the media....   [tags: Greek Life, Epidemic] 1278 words
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The Tragedy Antigone by Sophocles - The play “Antigone” by Sophocles is a good tragedy and its quality can be supported by one of the most influential philosophers, Aristotle. Aristotle composed a list of criteria required for a good tragedy. This composition is called the “Theory of Tragedy”. This is a summary of qualities has withheld the test of time and can still be used to analyze a written tragedy. This summary breaks down the essentials for a good tragedy including specific requirements for plot, character, thought, dicition, chorus and spectacle....   [tags: plot, characters, diction]
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Antigone - Today the United States is controlled by three branches, but the executive branch is the branch that is commonly referred to when mentioning the United States; the President. Who was once just a loyal friend of Oedipus, now the ruler of Thebes, Creon can be considered Thebes’s president. A ruler who believes and insists that his word is final when it deals with anything under his jurisdiction, meets a match in Antigone, the daughter of the former ruler of Thebes before he parted unto the other side....   [tags: Character Analysis ] 837 words
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Antigone - I. SUBJECT Antigone is a play about a woman who disobeyed the King's order to not bury her brother. The play was written by the famous Greek tragedian, Sophocles, in 441 B.C. The story took place in the city of Thebes and the time period is not mentioned. The main characters introduced in the play are of Antigone, Ismene, Creon, and Haemon. The primary focus was centered on Antigone and the consequences she faces after breaking the King's orders. In the beginning, the author introduced Antigone and her sister, Ismene, and their argument about their recently deceased brother....   [tags: Greek, Sophocles] 2995 words
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Analyzing Antigone and Creon - Sophocles play titled Antigone, embellishes the opposing conflicts between Antigone who stands for the values of family, and Creon who stands for the values of state. Sophocles explores the depths of Antigone’s morality and the duty based on consequence throughout the play, as well as the practical consequences of Creon who is passionate and close-minded. Although Antigone’s moral decisions appear to be more logical and favorable than Creon’s, a personal argument would be that both characters’ decisions in society can be equally justified....   [tags: Theatre]
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Antigone and Hobson's Choice Compared - ... Kreon is being forced to chose between upholding his values, or facing the consequences of sending Antigone to her death, and he chooses to fight for what he views as right. Moreover, once he decides that Antigone is to be put to death, Kreon's son, who is also Antigone's fiance, Haimon, attempts to dissuade his father from having Antigone executed. Haimon here represents the view that sometimes, the good life is something that we have surrender if we want to protect our relationships. Haimon vehemently opposes his father's decision to have Antigone killed, and also warns him that, the city and himself will not forgive Kreon....   [tags: Sophocles and Harond Brighouse works] 835 words
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Antigone - Antigone, a story of broken family ties and conflicting motivations, can be twisted to tell two entirely different stories, and this is what happed when Anouilh rewrote Sophocles' classic. While both Sophocles and Anouilh told the story of Antigone, through subtle changes in the style of the drama, each author was able to produce a product that told a significantly different and intimate tale conducive to their personal or political situation at that time. Structure is one of the various components of the two versions of Antigone that set the pieces apart with just slight alterations....   [tags: Social Issues, Family Ties, Conflicts] 1241 words
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Creon's Role in Antigone - Creon in the play of Antigone by Sophocles plays a major role within the play. Antigone also plays an important role, as these two character’s conflicting views led to utter disaster, which highlights Creon as a tragic figure. Within the play Creon attempted to establish decisions for the common good; however, his decisions resulted in tragedy. Creon highlighted as the tragic figure, initially created decisions he thought was for the welfare and well-being of Thebes; however, Antigone, who rebelled against Creon’s decisions, caused Creon’s rage to cloud his rational way of thinking....   [tags: Creon as tragic figure] 435 words
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Every Decision Counts: Antigone - ... Their actions of making impetuous decisions is the reason why they are to blame for the tragic events towards the end of the play. After Ismene refuses Antigone’s idea of burying Polyneices, Antigone argues, “I will bury him; and if I must die,/ I say that this crime is holy: I shall lie down/ With him in death,” (I.Prologue.55-7). Although Antigone is being a good sibling to Polyneices, by fighting for his burial, she does not think thoroughly about her rebellious ways. If Antigone dies, Ismene will be left alone and if Ismene helps her, Antigone and Ismene will both be sentenced....   [tags: Sophocles play analysis] 1214 words
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Comparison of A Doll's House and Antigone - “The Empowered Woman, she moves through the world with a sense of confidence and grace. Her once reckless spirit now tempered by wisdom. Quietly, yet firmly, she speaks her truth without doubt or hesitation and the life she leads is of her own creation.” --Excerpt from ‘The Empowered Woman’ by Sonny Carroll In my mind, Sonny Carroll’s poem perfectly represents what an empowered woman should be; firm, determined and able to stand on her own feet. The characters of Nora and Antigone, from Henrik Ibsen’s ‘A Doll’s House’ and Sophocles’ ‘Antigone’ respectively, completely fit my description of ‘the empowered woman’....   [tags: The Empowered Woman, Sonny Carroll] 1263 words
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Oedipus Rex and Antigone by Sophocles - It is said, “There is a fine line between arrogance and confidence.” As a leader or ruler those lines may be even more blurred than in regular society. In the plays Oedipus Rex and Antigone both written by Sophocles, Oedipus and Creon both have episodes of arrogance that take control of their judgment and become their downfall. However, it is not how they rule that is the problem, but rather how they deal with the adverse effects of the decisions after learning all of the facts. Moreover, their pride takes control of them consuming their emotions and not allowing them the necessary judgment needed to make better rational decisions....   [tags: blind pride]
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Creon: A Tragic Hero in Antigone - ... Once all of the competition is gone, Creon takes the thrown, " I, as you know, in right of kinship nearest to the dead, poses the throne and take the supreme power"(8). Creon gained the respect of his people and when he says to do something, they do it, "I have given orders to the citizens"(9). Creon is not born into power, he wants it and by his own will, he becomes noble. Not everyone who is noble is important, or has important potential. Creon continues to fall under Aristotle's definition of a tragic hero because of his important potential....   [tags: noble, choice, potential, miscalucations] 599 words
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Antigone - Sophocles’ theme is traversed throughout the trilogy showing how Sophocles views a tragic hero. It is essential to first know the background information behind Antigone in order to fully comprehend the story. Two new characters are introduced in the previous play, Oedipus in Colonus. The story, Oedipus Rex, leaves off with Creon banishing Oedipus from Thebes. Because of his suffering, Oedipus exits Thebes as a humbled and god-centered individual. At the time, society expected the son to foster the wellbeing of a parent, especially if he or she was disabled....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Sophocles] 2422 words
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The Family Tragedy: Antigone - A tragedy is defined as a dramatic composition, often in verse, dealing with a serious or somber theme, typically that of a great person destined through a flaw of character or conflict with some overpowering force, as fate or society, to downfall or destruction. The play Antigone by Sophocles displays many qualities that prove to form into the epitome of a tragedy. Tragedy is usually marked with a person of great standing—in this case, a King—who falls because of hubris, or extreme pride. Antigone proves to live up to both of these definitions which is proven through its themes....   [tags: Sophocles, story analysis]
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A Doll’s House and Antigone - Discuss the Concept of the sins of the father in relation to A Doll’s House and Antigone The concept of inherited sin is in the most read book in human history appearing in the first chapter of the Holy Bible where Adam and Eve; original man and woman eat fruit from the Tree of Knowledge and are expulsed from Paradise. This is the original sin all humans have inherited thus being born into a state of sin. This theme of inheriting evil from your parents is central in Sophocles’ 442 Bce Greek Tragedy Antigone as it caused the problems that befall Antigone and her sister Ismene as well as influencing Haemon’s actions....   [tags: Character Analysis, World Literature] 1126 words
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Antigone - Full of drama and tragedy, Antigone can be used to relate to current conflicts. One such conflict is that between Haemon and his father Creon. Haemon looks up to Creon with honor and pride, but as conflict arises, that relation is disassociated and new feelings grow. The first conversation between them is what initiates the downfall of their bond. While it seems that Creon is the most important person in Haemon’s life, Antigone is in fact the one that has won Haemon over. Antigone, written by the Athenian Sophocles, is about a woman named Antigone who lives in a city named Thebes....   [tags: Theatre, Sophocles]
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Pride in the Play Antigone, by Sophocles - ... Understanding hubris is essential because in the play, you can see that all the characters have pride. Creon was the character that had more pride than anyone else. Creon believed that he was always right and that nobody could change his opinion. He did not care about anyone’s opinion and he did not accept when he was wrong. “Do I offend, when I respect mine own prerogatives?” (Sophocles 34). This is when Creon was telling his son that he would not change his mind and he is doing what he believes is right....   [tags: Tragedy, Prideful]
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Antigone - As the tragedy concludes, the chorus issues its final words: "Pray for no more at all. For what is destined for us, men mortal, there is no escape," demonstrating how justice remains impartial to the prejudice of men; those who make imprudent judgments will ultimately suffer from the consequences of their actions. In Sophocles' Antigone, these prejudices notably surface in the form of paternalism as demonstrated through Creon's government, highlighting the importance of gender roles throughout the play....   [tags: Theatre] 1416 words
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The Consequences of Arrogance in Antigone by Sophocles - Steffi Graf stated, “You can have a certain arrogance, and I think that's fine, but what you should never lose is the respect for the others.” This quote helps me prove that there's no point in someone having a high status, if they don’t treat their people right. They'll just get disrespect in return and become a low status in their people’s hearts. In Sophocles tragic play Antigone, King Creon’s self importance and high level of arrogance caused many consequences in the drama such as death itself and miscalculations of choice making....   [tags: power, ignorance, ego] 593 words
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Antigone: An Irrational Desire - ... Through her actions she evidently follows the ethical norms imposed by the Greek divine laws, but it is her moral judgment the one to ambiguously expose her true reasons, the fulfillment of an unalloyed lust, creating a rupture beyond the scopes of rationality by incarnating the simple desire of taking upon death. When Eliot states, “Antigone did the right thing for the wrong reasons”(Knox53), he creates an eventual embodiment of the duality in which Antigone’s decisions can be interpret by differed readers....   [tags: Sophocles tragedy, ethical norms] 838 words
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Tragic Characters from Antigone - ... Creon’s son Haimon tries to reason with his father saying he should be fair and restraint. Creon ignores his son and sends Antigone to the tomb. Teiresias, a blind prophet, also tries to warn Creon of the god’s anger towards him and that an unpleasant fate will happen. Again Creon ignores the warning and insults Teiresias. When Teiresias left, Creon tried to think of a time when he was wrong and he couldn’t. So Creon decided he would release Antigone. But before he could release her a messenger announces that Haimon killed himself....   [tags: Sophocles, Ancient Greek drama] 520 words
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Antigone: Anarchist and Martyr - In Antigone by Sophocles, Antigone is both an anarchist and a martyr, for different reasons. First off, there are many reasons that the girl could be considered an anarchist. An anarchist is one who wishes for no government, no higher power. So, there are many reasons why one could consider the girl an anarchist. The most obvious of these reasons being that she disobeyed the law, the law set by the king of Thebes, Creon. This law consisted of not being allowed to bury the man Polyneices, who was a traitor to Thebes, gathering an army after he was banished from his home city, to attack them, and then going to war against the city....   [tags: Ancient Literature] 550 words
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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] 1143 words
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Antigone and Hobson's Choice - ... He sees her impudence as treason and states “If you must show them friendship, go and do so down below. But while I live a woman shall not rule” (Sophocles 41). His sentence for Antigone’s death goes beyond her breaking the law, it was meant to solidify his position as ruler and demonstrate what will happen to lawbreakers. He felt his job was to restore order and reinforce the importance of law. If he had let Antigone free, he believed his city would support her and follow her disregard for state law....   [tags: Sophocles, Harold Brighouse, comparison] 845 words
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Pride Found in Antigone - ... He needs advice to see his errors because as a king your citizens will not express their true feelings about you because there have too much fear in the leader to so their feelings. Moreover, Creon’s misconstrued interpretation of Tiresias’ forecast of his life because he believed that he was paid off. At this point in the story, it is evident that Creon has gone power crazy and he does not listen to anything or anyone in his way. Sophocles shows that anyone can become corrupted by power because in his first speech he seemed to be very humble, but he became very bold and vulgar....   [tags: moral, code, decision, abuse, power] 967 words
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Lady Macbeth and Antigone - ... Near the end of her life, she fears nothing, nor regrets the rebellious acts against the king that bring to her the solace of death. Antigone’s lips gush bold words as bright as burning stars, and from her soft, supple throat, she spews at Creon, “If this hurries me to death before my time/ Such a death is gain.” (210). (However, while doing so she writes off the only female remaining in her line.) (honor her male family member), The menacing defiance of Antigone lingers like a wet sliver of wood under a parched nail when she refuses to acknowledge his public shaming of her actions....   [tags: premature deaths, power, honors] 641 words
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Context: Wisdom and Antigone - Younger people have tended to look towards the elderly for wisdom and guidance since the beginning of recorded history and beyond. Students to teachers, children to parents, ordinary people to royalty and politicians – generally those who have lived longer are not only believed, but expected to have garnered more knowledge in their longer lives. Abraham Lincoln once said, “I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday. Also, in 2008 the Australian newspaper published an article detailing a study undertaken by the University of Aarhus in Denmark, which disproved the theory that the mind is at its peak in the late teens to mid-twenties....   [tags: philosophy] 802 words
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Antigone or Creon as the Tragic Hero in Antigone - A tragic hero is a character in a play that is known for being dignified but has a flaw that assists in his or her downfall. Antigone is a Greek tragic piece written by Sophocles. In the theatrical production the use of power and morality versus law is evident. The promotion to the conflict was that Creon created a law in which enabled Polynieces, Antigone’s brother, to be buried in the proper way. As it is the way of the gods Antigone found it fit to bury her brother causing her to disobey the law of Thebes....   [tags: essays research papers] 750 words
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The Themes of Antigone - The Themes of Antigone Antigone is credited as one of the best works of Sophocles, ranked by most modern critics above Oedipus the King. There are many aspects of Antigone that make it the play critics love to ramble about. “Antigone must be received as the canon of ancient tragedy: no tragedy of antiquity that we possess approaches it in pure idealism, or in harmony of artistic development” says one critic named Berhardy. Tragedy is usually concerned with a person of great stature, a king or nobleman, who falls because of hubris, or extreme pride and Antigone is no exception....   [tags: essays research papers] 709 words
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Antigone's Masochism - Masochist. What is a masochist. A masochist is someone who hurts themselves. A masochist not only hurts themselves, but they find pleasure in hurting themselves. A masochist is frowned upon by society. According to Dictionary.com masochism is “gratification gained from pain, deprivation, degradation, etc., inflicted or imposed on oneself, either as a result of one's own actions or the actions of others, especially the tendency to seek this form of gratification.” Modern day masochists enjoy cutting themselves, and many die from this....   [tags: Greek Play, Martyrdom] 959 words
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Antigone Summary - Thebes was invaded by Oedipus’ son, Polynices, and his followers. As Oedipus predicted in the previous play, Polynices and his brother, Eteocles, killed each other during battle. Creon, the king of Thebes, ruled that Eteocles should have a proper burial with honors and Polynices, the invader, be left unburied to rot. Antigone was dejected with Creon’s ruling and decided to bury Polynices herself. She tried to enlist Ismene to help her, but Ismene was to afraid. Antigone furiously continued with the plan on her own....   [tags: Greek Literature] 780 words
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Character Analysis of Antigone and Creon in William Shakespeare´s Antigone - ... Antigone not only claims to follow her beliefs but actually follows them, and her love for the afterlife is acceptable and brave for her character. Within the play the king, Creon, even acknowledges Antigone’s independence when he says, “While I’m alive, no women is going to lord it over me” (86). Within the play Antigone openly defies the king’s rules and challenges Creon to take a course of action against her, playing her game, by simply executing Antigone. Because of Antigone’s love for the world of the dead she places herself in a position where she will win either way....   [tags: love, hate, son, wife, kill, family] 1138 words
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Actions, Characters and Hubris in Sophocles Antigone - Antigone is the daughter of Oedipus. Antigone lives in a village named Thebes. The play Antigone displays Sophocles dramatic skills. Sophocles is a famous Greek writer who defines the golden age of classical Greek drama in the fifth century B.C. In the prologue of Antigone, Antigone pleads with her sister for her life. Antigone asks for Ismene’s help to bury their brother Polyneices (“Antigone”). After Oedipus dies Polyneices and Eteocles is supposed to share the throne. Eteocles never let Polyneices on the throne....   [tags: Literacy Analysis ]
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Antigone's Character - Steeped in family drama, death, politics, and religion, Sophocles’ Antigone is a complex tragedy to say the least. The basic plot of the tragedy is the conflict between Antigone’s family principles and religious tradition and Creon’s embodiment of state and its authority (Scodel). It is on of three tragedies written by Sophocles that chronicle the life of Oedipus. It was written before Oedipus the King, but is a culmination of the events that occurred after Oedipus’ death (Norton 610). Antigone’s brothers, Eteocles and Polynices had battled over the throne of Thebes, resulting in the death of both (Lawall)....   [tags: Greek tragedy, Sophocles]
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The Important Role of Pride in Sophocles' Antigone - In the novel Antigone by Sophocles, there is much betrayal in the novel, that a enormous quantity of the novel is generally about family, pride, and a drastic amount of drama. In the novel Antigone, the king Creon who was passed the thrown from Etocles because his brother Polynecies killed him for the ruling of Thebes but they both ended dying and Creon does not let anyone bury the body of Polynecies because he was a trader fighting against his brother and Thebes. Antiogone who is the sister of the brothers disobeys Creon and his order....   [tags: literary analysis, analytical essays] 1518 words
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Analysis of Antigone by Sophodes and Jean Anouilh - Context undoubtedly plays a major role in both the creation and the interpretation of literary works, as it dictates how the author and the audience relate the entities within the literary work with those in reality. Two versions of Antigone, each written by Sophocles and Jean Anouilh, exemplify the influence of context on the literary works; although both depict Antigone’s struggle to bury her brother Polynices against Creon’s edict, each version revolves around slightly different topics and is perceived differently....   [tags: context, literary, topices, perceived] 539 words
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Antigone Essay - Antigone is a Greek tragedy written by Sophocles that has two tragic heroes, Antigone herself and Creon. A tragic hero is the main character in a tragedy that makes an error in his or her actions that leads to his or her downfall. Creon is the tragic hero in Antigone because he reveals all the characteristics of a tragic hero. Creon’s tragic flaw is his pride. Creon’s stubbornness, his abuse of power, and his actions that resulted in his downfall in the play are three of the ways in which Creon can be the tragic hero....   [tags: Greek Tragedy] 879 words
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The Immense Character Development in Antigone by Sophocles - ... Her excessive pride to save her brother results in chaos for herself as well as those around her. Love and bravery for her family is a key factor for her determination to give her brother a proper burial. She shows immense loyalty and will power as she fights for her family name. Her endurance is extraordinary as she declares "Naturally. Since Zeus never promulgated such a law, nor will you find that Justice, Mistress of the world below, publishes such laws on humankind. I never thought your mortal edicts had such force they nullified the laws of heaven..." (Sophocles 38)....   [tags: pride, downfall, growth]
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The Tragic Heroes in Sophocles’ Tragedy, Antigone - Aristotle’s definition of a tragic hero is someone of great importance or royalty. The hero must go through something terrible such as a relative’s death. We must feel what this character is feeling throughout the story. Aristotle also said that a tragic hero scan be defeated by a tragic flaw, such as hubris or human pride. In Sophocles’ tragedy Antigone, both Creon and Antigone are tragic heroes. In the play, Creon and Antigone can be seen as good or bad characters. Both of them show traits of justice....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Analytical Essay] 775 words
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Antigone vs. Creon - In the Greek play Antigone writer Sophocles illustrates the clash between the story’s main character Antigone and her powerful uncle, Creon. King Creon of Thebes is an ignorant and oppressive ruler. In the text, there is a prevailing theme of rules and order in which Antigone’s standards of divine justice conflict with Creon’s will as the king. Antigone was not wrong in disobeying Creon, because he was evil and tyrannical. The authors of “Antigone: Kinship, Justice, and the Polis,” and “Assumptions and the Creation of Meaning: Reading Sophocles’ Antigone.” agree with the notion that Antigone performs the role of woman and warrior at once....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Sophocles's Play Antigone - In the following paper, I plan to discuss the source of conflict between the title characters of Antigone and Creon in Sophocles "Antigone." I will also discuss how each character justifies his or her actions and what arguments they give for their justifications. Finally, I talk about who Sophocles believes is right as opposed to whom I believe is right. The main source of conflict between Antigone and Creon is the issue of the burial of Antigone's dead brother, Polyneices. Both of her brothers were killed in battle; however one brother fought against their home city and was considered a traitor....   [tags: source of conflict between title characters] 885 words
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Antigone: An Interpretive Analysis on Conflicting Authority - Antigone: An interpretive analysis on conflicting authority Unlike poetic forms of literature, which do not require a conflict or a resolution in order to work, drama requires both elements in order to be successful. In Sophocles’ famous play, Antigone, it was conflict that drove the story along and it was the resounding resolution that left audiences with a gratifying feeling that hasn’t faltered for centuries. While the roles of both elements are indisputably important to the success of any play, however, there is still much disagreement among literary critics concerning the central conflict of Antigone....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Right Against Right in Antigone by Sophocles - ... Death in ancient times, was not thought of as a good-bye but and entrance to eternal life. A proper burial was valued; it seemed quite foolish to have multitudes of families crying over rotten corpse scattered through the city without a proper farewell. But it wasn’t as foolish as the Creon’s twisted family history. Before advancing to the throne, Oedipus had unknowingly killed Laius, his father and the king of Thebes. Shortly after killing the king, he married the dead king’s wife, his mother....   [tags: thebes, ancient times] 1085 words
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Sophocles' Great Tragedies: Oedipus and Antigone - Sophocles, one the most famous ancient Greek playwrights, composed two Greek tragedies that have survived to today. Oedipus the King and Antigone are Sophocles’ most well-known dramas. These two plays emphasize the catastrophic events that take place following a series of incidents and decisions. Throughout the two plays the audience is continuously uncovering details that will eventually lead to the downfall of the main characters. By comparing the two plays, one can identify similar aspects of the plays that would eventually lead to the characters downfalls....   [tags: intentions, defiance, fate]
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The Feminist Approach to Antigone and A Dolls House - An expression commonly used by high school students around the age of fourteen to seventeen is “JESSICA. I AM HUNGRY, MAKE ME A SANDWICH.” This can be related to other countries in the present day as well as in the past. The play Antigone written by Sophocles, a young girl decides to follow the rules of the Gods rather than the rules of man, especially when it came to the proper burial of her brother Polynices. Antigone decides to bury her brother even though it was against the civil laws to even mourn him....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Sophocles] 2148 words
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The Tragic Criteria Present in Antigone by Sophocles - A tragic story has its own occur of events. The main factors that always end a tragedy is through conspiracies, love, or hatred. In the story Antigone written by Sophocles, it demonstrates a tragedy filled with consequences to the characters. Antigone shows similarities to Aristotle’s paradigm because of the plot, characterization, and actions that were pursued throughout this story. In Aristotle’s Poetics, he puts his view of how a tragedy should be portrayed to make the concept of it more understandable towards the audience....   [tags: greed, pity, characters]
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Shakespeare's Julius Caesar and Sophocles' Antigone - ... Combined, these actions make him not only a good, courageous friend but noble in the eyes of many. Identically, Antigone was deemed noble but not at first as shown here when Ismene states, "Think how much more terrible than these our own death would be if we should go against Creon," (Sophocles prologue.44-45). Since Antigone's family was already sneered upon due to past occurrences, she was imperial for further risking her family's name to free her brother's soul. "She should have all the honor that we can give her!" (Sophocles 3.67-68); the people ended up admiring Antigone for her courageous actions just as they did for Antony in Julius Caesar....   [tags: nobility and honorability]
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Character Qualities of Nora and Antigone in A Doll’s House and Antigone - Marlo Thomas says, ‘‘One of the things about equality is not just that you be treated equally to a man, but that you treat yourself equally to the way you treat a man.” Antigone, written by Sophocles, and A Doll’s House, written by Henrik Ibsen, are two plays about two women who defy the rules of society. In Antigone, an ancient Greek play, the girl breaks the king’s law in favor of the gods’ law by giving her brother, Polynices, a proper burial. In the end, Antigone dies because of her behavior, but not before she shows how strong she is when she stands up to Creon....   [tags: compare contrast comparison]
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Wings of Desire and Antigone: Conflicts and Opposites - Annotated Bibliography MacKay, L.A. "Antigone, Coriolanus and Hegel." Transactions and Proceedings of the American Philological Association 93 (1962): 166-174. Web. 19 Mar 2012. JSTOR <http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/283759?uid=2&uid=4&sid=47698786493307> The author, LA MacKay through this article has provided a comprehensive insight into the themes of revolt and conflict illustrated through the characters and sentiments of the play, Antigone and therefore proves to be a valuable resource for the study of the same....   [tags: Film]
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Creon and His Downfall in Sophocles´ Antigone - Antigone was a short play about a girl who was unafraid to carry out an honorable act despite the harsh punishments that would occur for doing so. Sophocles, the author of Antigone, wrote this tragedy. Antigone was the protagonist who went against the law that her cruel uncle, Creon, enforced. This law stated that nobody was allowed to touch Antigone’s dead brother, Polyneices’, body. Creon’s horrid decisions, paranoia, and pride are directly responsible for the state of the city at the end of Antigone....   [tags: honorable, tragedy, law, decisions, pride]
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Creon's Changes in Oedipus the King and Antigone - In all works of literature you will find characters that change. From Oedipus the King to Antigone, Creon changes a great deal. In Oedipus the King, Creon has no intention whatsoever of being king. By the end of the play he makes it clear that his intentions have changed and he does want to take Oedipus’s power and become King of Thebes. When we see Creon in Antigone he has become king and he begins to make his mistakes. Creon, who is Iocasta’s brother, claims in Oedipus the King that he does not wish to have the power and responsibility of being king....   [tags: character analysis] 844 words
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Male Reactions to Female Power in Antigone - Western society has a long history of subjugating women to men. Some cite the idea that women are somehow weaker or inferior to men as a reason for the existence of this social dynamic. In Sophocles's Antigone and, Dürrenmatt's The Visit, however, the female leads show great strength and are even able to threaten the male leads with their power. Creon and Alfred Ill's disdainful and oppressive treatment of women stems not from the supposed inferiority of women, but from the theme that man is afraid to lose control....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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The Corrupt Nature of Mankind in Sophocles´ Antigone - The Corrupt Nature of Mankind in Sophocles’ Antigone Creon’s rash decisions and arrogant nature is the main problem for the corruption of mankind. The nature of mankind, as portrayed in Sophocles’ Antigone is corrupt in existence, thought, and knowledge. Creon is the main reason for this corruption. His arrogance and pride led him to make unjust laws. Creon rejected the thought of giving Polynices, the brother of Antigone and Ismene, a proper burial. Instead he left his body to rot and be scavenged by vultures....   [tags: Creon, corruption, Polynices, unjust laws]
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The Tragic Hero Creon in Antigone by Sophocles - ... Ismene then continues by saying, “Think how much more terrible than these, our own death would be if we should go against Creon, and do what he has forbidden!”(Prologue, 44-46). Based off of Ismene’s response to Antigone, one can conclude that she, as well as the majority of the people in Thebes, was afraid of Creon. Furthermore, Creon going against the gods leads up to the tragic events which later take place and make him a tragic hero. Although Creon was the King of Thebes, he had no power to disobey the gods....   [tags: power, pride downfall]
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Women's Roles in Antigone, a Tragedy by Sophocles - ... Creon as king says the most about a woman’s place in society as he believes men are what rules one nation as they are high office and women are simply inferior as they are subjects. Specifically, Creon believes a woman’s place in society is to take no role in male’s life except to serve him and be loyal. By undermining him not only as a king but a powerful male it angered him “but what I really hate is the one that once it’s caught wants to beautify its guilt” (Sophocles-40).By disobeying Creon’s orders Antigone does not feel she has done any unlawful activity by burying her brother Polynieces as, she speaks up against a male authority ....   [tags: slave, society, perseverance]
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Feminism in Antigone and A Doll’s House - Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “A woman is like a tea bag. It's only when she's in hot water that you realize how strong she is.” This is very evident in both Antigone and a Doll’s House. Antigone is a Greek play by Sophocles about a young girl who decides to take on the task of burying her traitorous brother to honor the gods even though her tyrannical uncle Creon has outlawed the burial. A Doll’s House by Ibsen follows Nora Helmer, a housewife who has borrowed money without her husband’s knowledge or consent for the purpose of taking him to Italy for medical reasons....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Sophocles] 1463 words
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Women's Roles in Antigone and A Doll's House - In the plays Antigone and A Doll's House, the playwrights discuss gender roles and how they relate to the characters in each individual play. Antigone, by Sophocles, follows a young girl who defies a law issued by King Creon against burying her brother, who fought against their town in the recent war. Creon orders her to be executed, but she ends up committing suicide. In A Doll's House, by Henrik Ibsen, a wife named Nora takes out a loan by herself, unacceptable for a woman during that time period, and tries to appease the lender who threatens to reveal her loan....   [tags: compare contrast comparison]
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Dishonor in Antigone and Chronicle of a Death Foretold - The belief and concept of dishonor in the Greek and Colombian culture of ‘Antigone,’ by Sophocles, and ‘Chronicle of a Death Foretold,’ by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, is a deciding aspect that blinds characters moral values. It is evident that in both societies Greek and Colombian, a family or an individual without honor is an outcast to the community. As honor plays a drastic role in outlining the culture of the society. Therefore the belief that a perpetrator has brought dishonor upon the family, or community foreshadows punishment for the individual, often conveyed through death....   [tags: Greek and Colombian Culture]
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Hamlet is More Tragic than Antigone - Aristotle views tragedy as an “imitation of an action that is serious,complete and of a certain length and scope in language pleasurably embellished with each kind of artistic ornament” (Gassner 23).The audience should be introduced to a story which, even when merely told, it produces a thrill of horror and pity and a kind of pleasure and is most effective between kindred . Aristotle lays out Aristotle lays out specific ingredients to a tragedy including a plot, characters, thought (intellect), diction and song....   [tags: compare contrast comparison] 1076 words
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Sophocles' Use of Social Commentary in Antigone - Art has the power to reach people across space and time. Although artists primarily use creative media to disseminate their ideas and emotions to a contemporary audience, great art has the ability to reach whoever appreciates it no matter their origin. In Antigone, Sophocles does this by creating a fictionalized Thebes in which he reflects upon the politics, religion, and societal norms of his own world. He creates a ruler, Creon, whose tyrannical actions serve to promote the merits of democracy and criticize the contemporary government....   [tags: ancient Greek tragedies]
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Justice in Antigone and A Doll’s House - Before comparing these two pieces of works, the definition of justice is needed to address the question as fully as possible. Justice is a concept which involves fair and ethical treatment for everyone. It is usually seen as the continued effort to do what is right. In most cases this is done by making use of logic. This is the premise which is going to be used for justice when comparing the two works. Sophocles’ Antigone differs largely from Ibsen’s A Doll’s House since they were written in different centuries and different cultures, but at the same time both works share similarities....   [tags: Sophocles, ibsen, literature, plays, compare, cont]
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Conflict in The Greek Tragedy Antigone by Sophocles - ... Since Polyneices lead the rebellion, Creon saw it in Thebes’s best interests to punish him as the traitor he was. In doing so, Creon acted decisively, and ignored Polyneices’s relationship with him, as well as the effects the edict would have on him and his family. One could argue that Creon only passed the edict because he favored Eteocles, and wanted to disgrace Polyneices; furthermore, since Polyneices was dead, he could no longer be a threat to Thebes, and punishment would be unnecessary....   [tags: thebes, rebellion, creon, Polyneices ] 559 words
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Antigone and Creon - Antigone and Creon In the story of Antigone, which was written by Sophocles, the main characters of the story were Antigone and her uncle Creon. Despite that they were relatives, there were some conflicts between them. The story ended by the death of Antigone, haiemon her Fiancé and his mother, while Creon stayed alone after he had lost his son and wife. From the story no doubt there are some similarities and differences between Creon and Antigone. Antigone can be described as a woman who valued her family, valued her self respect and expect a great deal out of life....   [tags: World Literature] 386 words
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Antigone Play versus Remarks Essay - ... Since the Government seeks to protect the public it needs to learn to cope with the surrounding problems. In the Remarks at Michigan State, Clinton points out that “[people] who wrongfully resort to violence [are the reason why] our Constitution was created to control the abuse of government” (Clinton 483). Clinton also states that the truly successful people in the society are those who work hard every day while following the rules. This not only relates to the public but also to government in a sense that the relationship between the two coexist on the basic principle that each do their part to the continuous progress of society....   [tags: Sophocles tragedy, comparison] 699 words
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