Antigone Essays

  • Equity In Antigone

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    Antigone: Hero or Criminal? Two brothers fighting for their beliefs on opposite sides of a War, die in combat leaving their two sisters behind. One is allowed to be buried and the other is not based on his beliefs. The two sisters mourn for the death of their brothers praying for justice that never arrives. The justice they desire is Equity. Equity is defined as, “the quality of being fair and impartial” (Oxford). Antigone represents Equity because she is the only character who seeks the proper treatment

  • Disobedience In Antigone

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    In Sophocles’ Antigone, what appears to be a Greek tragedy story is filled with several central ideas that holds weigh even in our modern times. In Antigone, Sophocles explored the concept of civil disobedience, Devine laws versus laws of man or the state, and the price of pride. As a prequel to Oedipus the King, Antigone suffers the ramification of her father’s curse as she is false to defy her king in an attempt to honor her fallen brother. Although Antigone’s main goal was to honor Polyneices

  • Ethics In Antigone

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    Introduction Antigone is one of the three famous plays written by the great ancient Greek tragedians, Sophocles. The play starts at the end of a gory battle between Eteocles and Polynecies, Antigone’s brothers. The king of Thebes, Kreon comes to the conclusion to bury Eteocles with honour for fighting for Thebes, however he believes that Polynecies fought against Thebes and therefore he should be left unburied. During this time, the Greeks believed that a body left unburied was a forum of punishment

  • Conflict In Antigone

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    Is it better to be a dead hero or a forgotten bystander? In Antigone, one of Sophocles’ three Theban plays, the actions of Oedipus’ daughter Antigone take center stage. After the death of her brothers, one of whom fought against Thebes, Antigone defies both the decree by Thebes’ leader Creon and the wishes of her sister, Ismene, to bury her treacherous brother in accordance with Ancient Greek funeral rites. Once captured, Antigone is sentenced to death and ultimately hangs herself, as her fiancé

  • Traitor In Antigone

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    one in its different way. For instance, in “Antigone” written by Sophocles Antigone say: “And now you can prove what you are: A true sister, or a traitor to your family”. To put another way, Antigone is asking Ismene to join her cause of rescuing their brother’s body to an honor him and go against a common enemy whit is the government. Subsequently, it can be perceive how the protagonist mind is pointing directly to challenge the government. Antigone who is the daughter of a very respected ex-king

  • Antigone Summary

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    Antigone by Sophocles: I have studied this play. The whole play rounds about the civil war. In this play, Polyneices and Eteocles, they are the two brothers leading inverse sides in Thebes ' civil war; they have both been killed in battle. Creon, who became the new leader of Thebes, has announced that Eteocles will be respected and Polyneices disfavored. The dissident brother 's body would not be purified by blessed rituals, and will lay unburied to end up the sustenance of carcass animals

  • Sacrifice In Antigone

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    In the play Antigone, written by Sophocles, burial customs of the ancient Greeks play an extensive role. The women of the family perform the burial rites, and believed that if their distinct methods were not followed, the soul is destined to suffer between worlds until the correct rites were performed. Antigone, the sister of Polynices and Eteocles, is aware of this and is not going to stand by and let her brother, Polynices, linger between worlds in pain, after being killed by Eteocles. With her

  • Polyneikes In Antigone

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    In the story of Antigone, Antigone’s uncle, Creon, is the king of Thebes who forbids the burial of his nephew, Polyneikes. Polyneikes is Antigone’s brother who went to war with one of their brothers. The fight between the two men ended in death for both, at which was based on who was justified by the state. The brother who fought Polyneikes was awarded a proper burial while Polyneikes was left as a food source for dogs and vultures. Antigone disliked the fact that Polyneikes was not awarded a proper

  • Antigone Reflection

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    When Antigone found out that her brothers got struck by lightning she was devastated. Antigone felt even worse when they informed her that one of her two brothers wasn’t getting a proper burial. Antigone 's brother Eteocles was going to have a burial and Polyneices was exiled because he returned home and tried to take over and burn the land. Creon the the King of Thebes come into the throne when Oedipus and his sons died. Creon decided that Polyneices wasn’t getting a burial and was going to be exiled

  • Morality In Antigone

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    The story “Antigone” is about love, sacrifice, faith, and being true your name. “Antigone” was believed to be written around 441 B.C. by Sophocles and was based in Athens, Greece. It was also the first of a series of three Theban Plays to be written. “Antigone” tells the struggles and hardships of two sisters named Antigone and Ismene who are trying to fight for what they believe in. Not only did Antigone tell the story of two sisters, but also told the story of Creon, the king of Thebes. Instead

  • Immorality In Antigone

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    moral and immoral based on an individual’s personal opinion. The morality of a law is completely subjective depending on a person’s unique perspective about the law itself and external factors accompanying the law. In Sophocles’s, Antigone, Creon passes a law that Antigone considers highly immoral because it directly violates the laws of the gods. Similarly, Thoreau elaborates on how the Fugitive Slave Act is immoral through his, “An Immoral Law” because describes how innocent citizens are sent into

  • Juxtaposition In Antigone

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    Sophocles introduces us to Ismene’s character from the commencement of the play and provides insight into her thinking and beliefs through the use of direct diction and juxtaposition. During the conversation between Antigone and Ismene within the prologue, Antigone, resolute and determined, proposes to her sister that they defy King Creon’s edict and perform Polynices’ burial. It is symbolic that this conversation takes place outside the palace boundaries similar in nature to the matter of discussion

  • Metaphors In Antigone

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    scene II of Antigone, the extract was said by Creon to the Choragus, while Antigone was present. Sophocles, the author, uses several metaphors to illustrate fate to those who refuse to change their minds. For instance, “the inflexible heart breaks first”, means that people who have a hard heart and refuse to consider others are the first to have their hearts broken. Also, Sophocles writes: “toughest iron cracks first”, implying tough iron cracks first and more easily than softer iron, Antigone as tough

  • Antigone Rhetorical Analysis

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    In the play Antigone, Sophocles demonstrates the conflict between family and God through the characters of Antigone, Ismene and Creon. Antigone being ambitious and strong willed throughout the play, fights for his brothers honor and proper burial while Ismene on the other hand, is more timid fears the consequences that may occur if the laws are broken. For Creon he is the King and holds most power, until the Gods feel he is incapable. Antigone, Ismene and Creon all use logical and emotional appeals

  • Hero In Sophocles Antigone

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    In the play Antigone, I am positive that Sophocles wrote his story with intent to have Antigone play the role of a hero. Antigone herself shows us readers her hero like qualities. Qualities such as the will to fight for what she feels is right. For example, she does not agree with the law and rather live by the guidelines of her heart and feelings. To go against the law and even the King it takes a lot of courage. To stand up against higher powers then herself shows heroic traits. Therefore a hero

  • Pride And Justice In Antigone

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    In Sophocles tragedy, Antigone, the play unfolds by Antigone obeying the laws of the gods, instead of the law of the city. This tragedy incorporates the main recurring themes of pride, justice, and fate. Enraged by the idea that she cannot bury her brother, Polynices, Antigone goes against Creon and does what she feels is just and right by her brother. Antigone’s decision to follow the god’s law is the correct one based on moral thought. Antigone not only did right by her brother’s death, but followed

  • Creon's Fate In Antigone

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    Antigone’s Fate In Sophocles play, Antigone, King Creon claims that in order to avoid anarchy and chaos the law must be obeyed. Creon ordains that anyone that buries the body Polyneices would be put to death. Antigone disobeys the law, and Creon punishes her even after he realizes it was wrong. Creon wants his people to be afraid of him and respect him. If Antigone honors Creon’s law she will stay alive and be married to Haemon. Antigone will not be dead if she obeys Creon’s law. Creon says, “He

  • Rhetorical Appeals In Antigone

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    DP1: Within this Narrative, Antigone frequently uses the emotional values of others to convince them of what she believes to be right.The first illustration of this phenomenon is when Antigone compares her willingness to face death as the result of giving her brother an honorable burial, to her sister Ismene 's unwillingness in doing the same.The main character feels as though it is her personal and moral obligation to retrieve the afterlife that’s been taken from her brother.Therefore, she does

  • Loyalty In Sophocles Antigone

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    Sophocles’ Antigone, Creon and Antigone are two characters whose adherence to their principles causes extreme conflict. Antigone believes in what is morally just, while Creon believes in what is civilly just. They both are passionate about fighting to prove that their principles are justifiable. Antigone and Creon, both expressing loyalty and pride toward opposing forces, are unable to come to a consensus, which ultimately leads to the destruction of both characters. Creon and Antigone are constantly

  • Examples Of Feminism In Antigone

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    (Merriam-Webster, 2017). Antigone by Sophocles portrays excellent examples of how Antigone is more of a feminist figure rather than a feminist play. Antigone appeared to be a strong feminine role who was not going to follow in the footsteps of women before her. The culture of ancient Greece was a male dominated one. A culture where men associated themselves with one another and women were viewed as having very little to contribute to a man’s purpose. The play showed that Antigone had a deep concern and