Institution Affiliation In Sophocles Play Antigone

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Name Institution Affiliation Course Tutor Date Sophocles play, Antigone dates back in 441 BC in Greece, Athens. The play has been translated into many languages today and even though there may be some setbacks in translating some words, the theme remains original. In historical point of view, the play was written at a time of national strife. The play begins with the death of two brothers Polyneices and Eteocles leading rival sides of the civil war in Thebes while fighting for leadership. The new ruler of Thebes is Creone and his decision is that Polyneices will not be given burial honors and he will be publicly humiliated while Eteocles will be honored during burial (Bloom, H. (1999). Several characters in the play are very crucial…show more content…
However, the character Antigone somehow goes against that and she is very determined to do what is just despite Creon being a major threat. She fights for her late brother to be given a decent burial and after Creon realizes that, things go wrong for her but she remains very determined. Creon cannot stand a chance to tolerate her actions only because she is a woman. Therefore, the rebellion posed by Antigone is very crucial because it seems to threaten gender roles in a society where women are very limited. Ismene is different from her sister Antigone because she demonstrates a great submission to authority and she also believes that men are more superior than women and they deserve to be more respected or else one will face their wrath (Wilkinson, M. L.…show more content…
A striking difference between Creon and Antigone is their priorities. The greatest priority for Creon is the state power. He is quite cold towards his family because he is focused on following his own rules for the sake of Thebes. However, when it comes to family he acts so inhuman that he doesn 't listen to his own son and even thinks about ruthlessly punishing his nieces Antigone and Ismene. On the side of Antigone, she is very dedicated to family and it is her greatest priority. She takes it so important for her slain brother to get a decent burial that it brings her to face the wrath of Creon and she eventually dies for it. In the world today, such care that Antigone portrays for the family is almost

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