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Antigone And Ismene - Antigone and Ismene The personalities of the two sisters; Antigone and Ismene, are as different from one another as tempered steel is from a ball of cotton. One is hard and resistant; the other: pliable, absorbing and soft. Antigone would have been a strong, successful 90's type woman with her liberated and strong attitude towards her femininity, while Ismene seems to be a more dependent 1950's style woman. Antigone acts as a free spirit, a defiant individual, while Ismene is content to recognize her own limitations and her inferiority of being a woman....   [tags: essays research papers] 608 words
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Antigone and Ismene - Antigone and Ismene Tragic heroes are generally people of high social stature with a tragic flaw that usually manifests itself in the form of poor judgment and arrogance, condemning the hero to a disastrous end and establishing the character’s destiny. Antigone is a tragic heroine deeply conflicted between her virtue and her hubris, personifying courage in her civil disobedience against criminal "leadership." A product of incest, her very existence is shameful, but perhaps this is why Antigone has such a burning desire for righteousness....   [tags: English Literature Essays] 544 words
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The Relationship Between Antigone and Ismene: Antigone by Sophocles - In Antigone by Sophocles, Antigone and Ismene’s straining relationship is held together by a thin thread. Antigone’s father exiles himself then dies. Her brothers’ become the kings; Polyneices deceives them and joins the offenders. Etocles and Polynieces fight and they both die. Creon becomes king and gives Etocles a warrior burial while Polynieces was left for the buzzards. Antigone asks Ismene to help her, Ismene says no, so Antigone does it herself. Creon sentences Antigone to death, she kills herself and Haemon (Creon’s son/Antigone’s fiancé) kills himself....   [tags: creon, etocles, Polyneices ]
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Ismene And Haimon of Sophocles' Antigone - Antigone Ismene And Haimon Antigone, the character, is a tragic hero because we care about her. Ismene and Haimon help us care about Antigone by making her feel worthy of loving. And with out this her plan to bury her brother seems irrelevant to the reader because we can care less about her. Ismene, although weak and timid, is in the story to illustrate that Antigone is capable of being loved. "We are only women, We cannot fight with men, Antigone" (Sophocles 881). Another reason Ismene is incorporated to Antigone is to show exactly strong-willed Antigone is....   [tags: Antigone essays] 610 words
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The Danger of Love: Antigone by Sophocles - The Danger of Love Nearly everyone experiences the feeling of love. Whether it’s for another person or for food, almost everyone feels love during their lifetime. In the play Antigone, the writer, Sophocles, illustrates a very important fact regarding love: love is our most important and most dangerous motivation for doing anything, and without moderation, love can be deadly. In Antigone, unmoderated love is prevalent throughout the play, and it is best demonstrated in three main characters: Antigone, Creon, and Ismene....   [tags: creon, ismene, dangerous love] 695 words
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Free Essays: Antigone and Ismene in Oedipus at Colonus - Antigone and Ismene in Oedipus at Colonus "Behold this Oedipus, --/ him who knew the famous riddles and was a man most masterful;/ not a citizen who did not look with envy on his lot-- see him now and see the breakers of misfortune swallow him!" (Oedipus the King, 1524-1527). Now that Oedipus has lost everything-- his wife, mother, kingdom, and all power-- his existence rests entirely on the aid of his two daughters. However, that dependence is not evenly distributed between Antigone and Ismene....   [tags: Oedipus at Colonus Essays] 1073 words
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Ismenes Indecisiveness in Antigone - The play Antigone is usually thought of as either the tragedy of Creon or the tragedy of Antigone, but it is just as much the tragedy of Antigone's sister Ismene. In the play, Antigone and Creon hold on to two different ideals, Antigone to the ideal of sororal duty and holy rights, while Creon holds on to the rules of his kingdom, dominated by the laws of men and of reason. Ismene is obsessed by her role as a woman, choosing to ignore her feelings of obligation towards her family, and remaining completely indecisive and inactive, as she believes a woman should....   [tags: essays research papers] 1371 words
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The Role of Women in Antigone - One of the conflicts in Antigone, is the struggle between men and women. Ismene tells Antigone that since birth, women “were not born to contend with men,” (75) displaying women’s obedience and passivity. In the same passage, Ismene says: “we’re underlings, ruled by stronger hands,” (76) a representation of men’s aggressive and “stronger hands” that dominate women and treats them as second-class citizens. The only woman in Thebes who desires to break free from these chains is Antigone, who stands up against Ismene’s passivity urging her to “submit to this,” (77) and defy Creon by burying Polynices....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Sophocles] 596 words
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womenoed Essay on Sophocles' Antigone - Sisters - Sisters Two sisters destined to love each other, but conflict interrupts their paths. The first's journey is one of self-exploration and discovery; the other's of continual oppression and hardships. Ismene and Antigone are the troubled sisters whose decisions take them on different courses, but these same choices also brought them together. Even though their actions show differently, Antigone and Ismene's morals and philosophies show that they are true sisters at heart. Antigone shows the attribute of boldness....   [tags: Antigone essays] 639 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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Antigone, by Sophocles - In the play Antigone, by Sophocles, it is greatly apparent just within the first few exchanges between Ismene and Antigone that there are various social issues surrounding the women in ancient Greece. The play raises many gender and socially related issues especially when looking at the contextual background of the playwright and the representation of the women within the play. When the characters of the first scene begin their analog, it is important to note what they are actually saying about each other and what their knowledge of their own social status is....   [tags: women in acient greece, social issues] 546 words
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Ancient Greek Tragedies: Passion vs. Prudence - Greek tragedies often teach readers several valuable lessons, one of which is the catastrophe caused by acting on emotions. Both Oedipus and Antigone experience this as a result of their rash behavior. Even Creon ends up miserable in Antigone due to the change in his behavior. By acting on their emotions, these characters all experience tragic downfalls, while others, such as Ismene and Creon during Oedipus Rex, remain safe due to their prudence and indications of wisdom. Due to the actions she took based on her emotions, Antigone suffered a far worse fate than Ismene....   [tags: catastrophe, emotions, prophecy] 945 words
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Antigone and Tragedy Archetypes and Art - Antigone as a heroic and tragic archetype must internally struggle with individuality and morality versus established rule and law and she can be seen as externally fighting between her sister as an outward display of her internal conflict. Antigone then is a unique archetype as a heroine and her power and powerlessness are defining to her as a woman in politics. Her sister, Ismene is portrayed as much weaker and can be said to be metaphorical in that individual morality is weak as compared to established law and Ismene is the personification of morality in a legal-rational world, according to the emerging Hellenistic establishment....   [tags: heroine, power, morality, struggle]
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The Portrayal of Women in Antigone by Sophocles - In Sophocles, Antigone portrays herself as strong and capable of making decisions for herself. Although her decisons are not always wise she does what she believes is the right thing to do, defining the law. Sophocles uses Isemene and Antigone to show the two different characteristics woman typically interpret. Woman in ancient Greece seemed to always follow the rules of men which is how Ismene is portrayed. Ismene is the weak and subordinate one. On the other hand as I mentioned Antigone is more strong and was not afraid to face consequences for disobeying mens laws....   [tags: consequences, morals, roles] 518 words
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Literary Analysis of Feminism Seen in Antigone and A Doll’s House - Susan B. Anthony once said, “The true republic: men, their rights and nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less.” In the plays Antigone, by Sophocles, and A Doll’s House, by Henrik Ibsen, strong women overcome restrictions and limitations placed upon them by their society and gender. In Antigone, Antigone chooses to defy Creon, her ruler, uncle, and a male authority figure, to support what she believes is right, which is burying her brother and respecting the gods. Though it was forbidden for her brother to be buried because of Creon’s decree, she resists, and in doing so, feels empowered and discovers what a strong woman she truly is....   [tags: literary Analysis, Sophocles] 1965 words
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Antigone by Sophocles - Ismene In “Antigone” by Sophocles Ismene is stuck between being a true sister or a traitor to her family. Choosing to be a true sister would call for her to follow the law of the gods and break the law of man. If she follows the law of the gods she would join her sister, Antigone, in burying their brother, Polyneices. If she follows the law of man she would betray her family and follow the law made banning the burial of Polyneices. The burial of Polyneices has been banned by King Creon because he says that Polyneices was an enemy of the city and does not deserve to go to heaven....   [tags: essays research papers] 392 words
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Moral Law vs. Political Law in Sophocles’ "Antigone" - One has the capability to determine from right and wrong and having the determination to stand up for what one believes in, no matter what the price is. In Sophocles’ Antigone, a written dramatic play, Sophocles portrays the theme that at times of one’s life, it is necessary to follow moral law and ignore political law. In the play, a determined and courageous woman named Antigone is loyal to her beloved brother by granting him a proper burial and having to suffer the consequences for revolting....   [tags: Morality, Ethics, Politics] 973 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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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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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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Antigone, Hairspray, The Boy Without a Flag, and Letter From A Birmingham Jail - Martin Luther King Jr. speaks of “the appalling silence of the good people” and how the silence of the “good people” encourages the current situation and their good intentions don’t press for change or social justice. In Antigone, Hairspray, “The Boy Without a Flag”, and “Letter From A Birmingham Jail”, examples of social injustice and racial segregation issues can be observed and the influence and actions of the silent bystanders. The silent but well intentioned people in each piece of literature has the opportunity to support change and influence others but they don’t out of fear....   [tags: D. Martin Luther King Jr.]
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The Tragic Hero of Antigone - Everyone agrees that Oedipus is the quintessential Greek tragic hero. In fact, Aristotle had Oedipus specifically in mind when he first set down the requirements for tragedy in his Poetics. However, in other Greek tragedies, the tragic hero isn’t always so easy to identify. For example, in the play Antigone, the reader may have some difficulty deciding who the tragic hero is. Nevertheless, a careful examination of the facts reveals that Antigone is the true tragic heroine because she’s brave, flawed, and noble....   [tags: heroes, Antigone, ] 869 words
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The Play Antigone, by Sophocles - If you were told not to do something, even if you knew it was the right thing to do, would you go ahead and do it anyway. The Play Antigone was written by the Greek author and playwright, Sophocles. The Story of Antigone takes place in Ancient Greece, about a young woman who has lost her both of her brothers, and is told by her King to not give her brother, Polyneices a proper burial. It is important to follow the laws of government, but sometimes, when you know that something is morally right, just like Antigone did, one must be able to make that decision, even if it goes against the law....   [tags: Antigone Essays] 756 words
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Free Essays: Oedipus Rex and Antigone - Oedipus Rex and Antigone There is no curse on the house of Oedipus. Because of the many terrible things that happen to the members of Oedipus's family, a reader might be led to believe that there is such a curse. However, if that person examines the stories of Oedipus Rex and Antigone more closely, he or she will find that the reason so many tragedies happened to Oedipus's family is not because of some curse, but rather because of one common thread. Each person in the line of Oedipus tries to defy authority in one way or another....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 908 words
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The Tragedy of Antigone - It is plain to see what about the character of Antigone it is that makes this a tragedy. Tragedy is defined as a dramatic composition dealing with a serious or somber theme, and this story fits all these criteria. First of all, it involves a tragic course of events that involved both of her brothers dying and then being completely disrespected even in death. She felt she had to rectify this mistake, even though it was against the law, and the opposition was too great. Because of her attempt to rectify the injustice, even more tragic things happened to her and her family....   [tags: literary analysis, literary criticism] 1213 words
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Women's Roles in Antigone, a Tragedy by Sophocles - Antigone, a tragedy written by Sophocles portrays female roles in society in distinctive matters from a king’s perspective to the overall play. In ancient Greece woman were viewed as submissive , whereas men were dominant and woman were looked upon as inept given fewer rights almost the same ones as a slave. When Creon speaks to his son exemplifying “it would be bad enough to yield to a man, but he would never yield to a woman” he is not only justifying a woman’s place in society as irrational illustrating them as incompetent , but the play gives another view of women by alluding to polar opposite characteristics viewed in Antigone and Ismene....   [tags: slave, society, perseverance]
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Thebes High School - Many high school students read the play Antigone and find it difficult to understand because the characters, scenes, and settings are not relatable to their daily lifestyles. The play is often written in lengthy paragraphs with complex language; therefore, it is difficult to understand the plot. If Antigone were written in modern-day language, it would be much easier for teenagers to understand the play. As Kyle Brenton mentions in Acts of War, “Each generation reinvents the myth to fit its own circumstances.” Therefore, if Antigone were written in a high school setting with the characters recreated as high school students, the play would be more relatable for students because it is set in...   [tags: Literary Analysis] 1686 words
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Analysis of Relationships in Ancient Literature - “You don't develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity” Epicurus, an ancient Greek philosopher, once said. If there is one thing the history has thought us is that relationships are the most valuable things in our lives. We keep building and strengthening our relationships from the minute we are born. It is the fact that every individual has restricted capacities to live by him or herself. This makes everyone to character him or herself into social....   [tags: antigone, trojan war, the liad]
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The effectiveness of urine on Cancer - The Greek audience would have been familiar with the story told in Antigone and with the background of the characters. An understanding of Antigone's family and her father's fate helps to put the events of the play in context. Antigone is of the Labdacids, a great but star-crossed family. Her father was Oedipus. Oedipus was born of Laius and Jocasta, the rulers of Thebes, but his parents were warned in prophecy that the boy would grow up to murder his father and marry his mother. A herdsman was charged with killing the child, but out of pity he gave the boy to another herdsman from a neighboring kingdom....   [tags: essays research papers] 786 words
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Divine Law versus Human Law - Divine Law versus Human Law Sophocles' famous play, Antigone, can be perceived as a conflict between individual conscience and state policy. Yet the issue of the play goes beyond that conflict and touches the universal conditions of suffering, religion, and loyalty. Through Antigone's character--which represents the spheres of family loyalty, divine law, and human suffering, Sophocles conveys the idea that a law of man that violates religious law is not a law at all. He expresses this idea by having Antigone dutifully bury her brother's body although it is against King Kreon's ruling....   [tags: Papers] 696 words
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What is Justice: Humanism v. Law in Antigone - Humanity is often faced with ambivalence towards law; at once, we find it a necessity in attempting to deal with a world which is constantly in some type of chaotic turmoil, and also as a glaring flaw in our society, which can at times result in more chaos than was originally had. This conflict is no more obvious than in Sophocles’ Antigone. Antigone, the character, represents half of the struggle between what the law says is just and what we inherently deem to be morally upstanding – Creon represents the opposing side which views law and power as the ultimate dictator of life’s unraveling....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Tragic Heroes - Creon and Antigone - Who is the more of a tragic hero, Creon or Antigone. They both experienced much through out play, but Anitgone is clearly the “better” tragic hero. Antigone’s flaw, misfortune, and her fall from grace prove that she is much better than Creon as a tragic hero. Antigone’s flaw is arrogance, and she shows it through out the story. She also “accepts that it is her flaw and she causes everything unlike Creon who believes it is the Gods that are causing his misfortune not his flaw. Antigone first sign of arrogance is in the beginning of the play where she and her sister, Ismene, are having a conflict about whether or not they should bury the brother....   [tags: Shakespearen Literature] 693 words
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Consistency Leads To Destruction in Sophocles - In his well known essay, Self-Reliance, famous writer Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do.” Put simply, the thought that Emerson is conveying is that too much consistency is not necessarily a good thing. Being too consistent with something means that no real effort is made. Things are done as they always have been, without someone trusting their own beliefs or opinions....   [tags: Plays] 1014 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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Integrity in Jean Anouilh’s Antigone - Integrity in Jean Anouilh’s Antigone   The distinctions between young and old, naïve and wise are very clear. There is a fiery passion for life often embedded in the young, and a sense of bittersweet reflection set in the aged. The age gap between the two is often a cause for conflict. The young want to hurry up and live only to eventually die; the old want to slow down their rate of living and postpone death. With such divergent circumstances, conflicts are almost impossible to avoid. The question of how one can grow old while keeping youthful idealism and integrity seems to be the source of most conflicts....   [tags: Antigone essays] 2403 words
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Righteous Judgement in Antigone - At the beginning of the play, Antigone brought Ismene outside the city gates at night for a top secret meeting. Antigone wanted to bury her brother Polyneices' body because even though he died in dishonor he was her brother. Ismene refused to disobey the king which is also their Uncle Creon, and she failed to talk Antigone out of doing the act herself. "Consider, sister, how our father died,/hated and infamous; how he brought to light/his own offenses..Then, mother...did shame/violently on her life, with twisted cords....   [tags: Antigone, ] 936 words
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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] 1472 words
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The Poor Decision of Antigone to Bury Polynices - It takes a lot of courage to stand up and defend an action or idea that is forbidden by society. This is what Antigone does in Sophocles' story Antigone. She clearly disobeys King Creon's order that no person should bury Antigone's brother, Polynices, which is punishable by penalty of death. In this case, is Antigone's decision the correct one. Her actions affect many of her other countrymen negatively because they cause problems within the royal family, disagreement among the people and directly relate to the death of three people including her own....   [tags: Sophocles essays research papers] 1209 words
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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] 834 words
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Characterization of Antigone in Sophocles' Antigone -       Sophocles’ tragic drama, Antigone, presents to the reader a full range of characters: static and dynamic, flat and round; they are portrayed mostly through the showing technique. In “Sophocles’ Praise of Man and the Conflicts of the Antigone,” Charles Paul Segal takes the stand that there are two protagonists in the drama (which conflicts with this reader’s interpretation): This is not to say that there are not conceptual issues involved in the characters of Creon and Antigone. But the issues are too complex to be satisfactorily reduced to a single antithetical formulation....   [tags: Antigone essays]
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charant Characterization in Sophocles' Antigone - Antigone– Characterization              This essay will illustrate the types of characters depicted in Sophocles’ tragic drama, Antigone, whether static or dynamic, flat or round, and whether portrayed through the showing or telling technique.   Martin Heidegger in “The Ode on Man in Sophocles’ Antigone” explains, in a rather involved theory,  the destruction of Creon’s character:   The conflict between the overwhelming presence of the essent as a whole and man’s violent being-there creates the possibility of downfall into the issueless and placeless: disaster....   [tags: Antigone essays]
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Standing True through It All - Prior to the opening of the play Antigone by Sophocles, Polynices has attacked the city of Thebes, in what is called the Seven Against Thebes. Polynices is the oldest son of Oedipus who should have rightfully taken over the throne yet his younger brother, Eteocles, seized it. While in battle, the two brothers meet at one gate and end up killing each other in one on one combat, which sets the stage for the events that take place in Sophocles's play, Antigone. Antigone has returned to Thebes a grown woman following the death of her father, Oedipus....   [tags: World Literature] 1022 words
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Relating to Characters in Sophocles' Plays - A Tale of Two Cities, Romeo and Juliet. Names such as these bring to mind both plays and pieces of literature that are considered by many to be timeless classics. Perhaps the reason these stories are so popular is not just because they are well written. People are also able to relate to the characters who are often entangled in one of the many complexities within a given society. Authors such as Shakespeare or Charles Dickens are able to discuss some of the issues and problems that face people within society....   [tags: sophocles, characters, theatre,] 1549 words
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The Oedipus Complex, Antigone and Electra - Introduction It is a well-known fact that theatre as well as society in Ancient Greece was extremely male-dominated. The female population wasn’t assumably even allowed to attend theatre performances let alone perform on stage. However, still some of the strongest and most unforgettable characters in Greek tragedy were female, perhaps the most feisty and passionate of all being Sophocles’ Antigone. Antigone, one of the best known Greek Tragedies, is filled with strong-willed women. The play is built around the conflict between King Creon and Antigone, who breaks the law by burying her brother Polynices....   [tags: women, ancient greece, gender]
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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] 1137 words
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Importance of Gender in Sophocles' Antigone - Antigone - Importance of gender in the opening scene In looking at the first few exchanges between Ismene and Antigone by Sophocles, it is greatly apparent that there are plenty of social issues surrounding women from ancient Greece. In looking at the contextual background of the playwright, the representation of the women within the play and at the imagined response of a contemporary and ancient audience; we can see that this play raises many gender and socially related issues. Looking briefly at the contextual element to the play in terms of the playwright, it is worth considering that Sophocles himself was a political writer....   [tags: Antigone essays] 1050 words
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Antigone, by Sophocles - The death of Antigone is truly a tragic episode in the Theban Plays, where she hung herself with a woven linen of her dress. By convention, her death would be characterized with feminine quality. However, Antigone, one of the few female characters in the book, possessed distinguishable female characteristics that are as remarkable as a male hero. Antigone was determined when she made up her mind to bury her brother. She was an agent of her words and took up the risks that accompanied to her deeds....   [tags: Character Analysis, Female Characteristics]
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Gender Bias Critic of Antigone - A Gender Bias Approach to Antigone Just as one stone removed can break a bridge, one flaw can bring a man to ruins. The flaw of one man cannot bring down an entire kingdom, but rather one outlook of the king can lead to the demise of the whole. In Sophocles' epic tragedy, Antigone, a strong gender bias is present throughout the tragedy, and is partially responsible for the downfall of the king. To Sophocles the king is not always representative of the people, but acts on his own personal desires and judgments....   [tags: Personal Essays] 1722 words
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Free Antigone Essays: The Human Condition - Exposing the Human Condition in Antigone   Heroism entails several things; a selfless act, courage, or the accomplishments of bold and daring expeditions. A hero can also mean courage in the face of death. Others may view this type of hero as stupid, or a martyr. Every hero has faults and these faults along with heroic deeds make the man or woman; a hero, heroine. "Antigone" would be considered a hero in the sense of being a martyr. Because of her love for her family Antigone wanted to give her brother a proper burial, and even though he did evil deeds, she respected him....   [tags: Antigone essays] 592 words
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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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The Greek Gods Did Not Think Before They Acted - ... Critic Robert mentions that “the loss of [a] brother is irreparable to [a] sister and her duty towards him is the highest” (422). Although she must remain loyal to the city and her family, Antigone consistently settles to align her morals and desires to venerate her family. Along with her good intentions, Antigone possess moral courage as she follows her heart and full heartedly decides to accept the future consequences. Overall, Antigone’s family nobility and dignified values work to help classify her as a tragic heroine....   [tags: courage, morals, compromise] 1616 words
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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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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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Conflict, Climax and Resolution in Sophocles' Antigone - Conflict, Climax and Resolution in Antigone         Sophocles’ tragic drama, Antigone, presents to the reader a full range of conflicts and their resolution after a climax. In Antigone the protagonist, Antigone, is humble and pious before the gods and would not tempt the gods by leaving the corpse of her brother unburied. She is not humble before her uncle, Creon, because she prioritizes the laws of the gods higher than those of men; and because she feels closer to her brother, Polynices, than she does to her uncle....   [tags: Sophocles Antigone Greek Tragedy]
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Nature of the Conflict in Sophocles' Antigone - The Nature of the Conflict in Antigone       In “Sophocles’ Praise of Man and the Conflicts of the Antigone,” Charles Paul Segal explains the nature of the conflict between Antigone and Creon: The conflict between Creon and Antigone has its starting point in the problems of law and justice. At any rate, the difference is most explicitly formulated in these terms in Antigone’s great speech on the divine laws. . . . Against the limited and relative “decrees” of men she sets the eternal laws of Zeus, the “unwritten laws of the gods.” She couples her assertion of these absolute “laws” with her own resolute acceptance of death (460) (64)....   [tags: Antigone confant]
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Mythology In and Around Sophocles' Antigone -     How extensive and deep are the mythological roots in the Greek Sophoclean tragedy Antigone. Research indicates that both within the drama and around it there are numerous mythological influences. The use of mythological elements in Greek tragedy is very compatible with the Greeks’ sense of history surrounding a drama. Martin Heidegger in “The Ode on Man in Sophocles’ Antigone” comments on the Greek audience’s sense of history and a drama: Polis means, rather, the place, the there, wherein and as which historical being-there is....   [tags: Antigone essays]
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Antigone - The Tragic Flaw - Antigone - The Tragic Flaw                 Antigone, Sophocles’ classical Greek tragedy, presents tragic flaw as the cause of the destruction of Creon, the king of Thebes. This essay examines that flaw and the critical perspective on it.   Robert D. Murray, Jr. in “Thought and Structure in Sophoclean Tragedy” gives the perspective of the Greek audience, and thereby the reason why there has to be a tragic flaw in Sophoclean tragedy: “A Greek of the fifth century would, of course, have felt....   [tags: Antigone essays]
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The manifestation of violence in Antigone - Introduction The notion of violence by means of theme, language, staging, chorus and characterization is manifested in Sophocles’ Antigone. As suggested by Hannah Arendt (1969: 243) in her essay On Violence, “violence cannot be derived from power, in order to understand it, we must examine its roots and nature.” Violence can only be discussed when accompanied by a discussion of power. Walter Benjamin states “violence can first be sought only in the realm of means, not of ends” (1921:277) and relates violence to law and justice....   [tags: Sophocles, Violence, Theme, Language, Staging]
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Burial at Thebes - The central conflicts within Antigone speak to people through the centuries as relevant to their way of life or the violent situations they find themselves in. The lesser disputes mostly centre around family feuding. The argument between siblings (Antigone and Ismene) and the strife between father and son (Creon and Haemon) are illustrations of clashes within many families. The arguments between the Ruler and People (Chorus/Guard) and his adviser (Tiresias) feed into the central dispute between Ruler and Rebel as personified by Creon and Antigone....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Connotations of Antigone - Sibling rivalry has been taken to a whole new level. Brothers have been brutally murdered by one another; whose side to take. Is there a way to stay true to both of them. It is hard to grieve without the additional stress of choosing a side when there is a death in the family. Two of the closest members of a family are ripped out at an instant. At the funeral, the family notices that only one brother is there to be buried. Everyone questions this, “Where is Polynices”. Answers are not found, but then word gets through that because of his exile, Polynices, will not be formally buried, but will suffer even in his after-life....   [tags: Sophocles, Literary Analysis, Rivalry]
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Play Analysis of Antigone - Play Analysis of Antigone The play begins in front of the palace where Ismene and Antigonê are discussing the death of their brothers Eteocles and Polyneices. Antigonê feels strongly about burying Polyneices although her uncle, Creon, has forbade it. King Creon has delivered an edict stating whoever buries Polyneices, a traitor to Thebes, would be stoned to death. This initial incident is the beginning of Creon's hubris. Shortly after he makes this statement, it is discovered that Polyneices had, indeed, been buried....   [tags: Papers] 463 words
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Limits Placed Upon Women in Antigone and A Doll's House - Stephen Schwartz’s song, Defying Gravity, contains a very bold statement. “I’m through with playing by the rules of someone else’s game and accepting limits because someone says they’re right.” This is something that many women have the audacity to think but never to speak aloud. However, there are two women who, even though they’re only in the play, did have the courage to say. In the plays Antigone, by Sophocles, and A Doll’s House, by Henrik Ibsen, these two brave young women, though very distant in time periods, discover they do not like the limitations society places on women....   [tags: compare contrast comparison]
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Comparing and Contrasting Sophocles' Antigone and Shakespeare's Othello - The tragedies of Antigone and Othello were written with great depth and are structured in such a way that both characters are victims, in spite of their crimes. Antigone and Othello are tragedy plays created by using many techniques to create the feelings of fear and pity. There are differences and similarities in characters, action, and themes between Antigone and Othello. First, the major characters in both of the plays are suffering through great pain and end up with death. The drama Antigone which is written by Sophocles, tells the story of Antigone....   [tags: othello, antigone]
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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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How Stubbornness Leads to Disaster in Sophocles' Antigone - ... Stubbornness is displayed many times in the play by Creon, the King of Thebes. He shows this stubbornness when he finds out that Antigone has turned against him and buried Polynieces, her brother. Even though she was family, his niece and the fiancé of his son, Haimon, he still has her killed. Creon bases every choice he makes on his kingdom, so no matter what Haimon says to Creon , he believes that, "If a man is honest and fair in the home, he will gain the public's confidence"(33). He still keeps his viewpoint that Antigone needs to die even though he is told repeatedly that the people are on Antigone's side....   [tags: family, kingdom, characters]
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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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Sophocles Inequality of Gender Roles - During the time that Sophocles wrote The Oedipus Cycle, women are portrayed negatively as weak and mindless; Sophocles develops this through his use of characters, actions and thoughts. We can observe these negative attitudes about women in characters such as Iocaste, Creon and Ismene. These characters’ beliefs about gender roles affects their every action and reaction throughout the story. The Oedipus Cycle by Sophocles could be read as a critique of women’s roles. As we consider these roles, we can look at Antigone who goes against the established expectations of the woman’s role of the time and stands up to Creon when she thinks he is being wrongful....   [tags: women's role, antigone, oedipus cycle]
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