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    Antigone Act 1 Analysis

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    The significance of this scene is that it is the end of the story and everyone starts to fall (die), and it shows how everyone fell apart. In Antigone Creon’s wife decides to kill herself, but Creon has no idea about this. The 2nd messenger goes to tell Creon this horrible news and the outcome isn’t that great. Creon realizes the mistake he made, and realized it was his fault that his wife is dead. Creon has the guards take him away while saying, “I don’t exist any more; I’m no one.

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    “All men make mistakes, but a good man yields when he knows his course is wrong, and repairs the evil. The only crime is pride” (Sophocles 42). The tragedy Antigone, by Sophocles, highlights a multitude of essential themes, including the undoing of those with excessive pride. Creon, full of pride, refuses to listen to reason, locking away Antigone for her eventual death. The theme of pride leading to one’s downfall is shown through Haimon, the Choragus, and Tiresias.

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    Within both Plato’s The Republic and Sophocles’ Antigone, the concept of justice is heavily focused on mostly in order to figure out what is considered just or not. In addition to the overall theme of justice being the main topic, the meaning of death and how it relates to the deeper economic/philosophical significance behind the texts is discussed. However, these texts differ in the way that justice is perceived. In The Republic, justice is defined in such a way that will benefit everyone in a society, whereas in Antigone, many of the examples of justice are defined for personal reasons. Beginning with the concept of death in Antigone, for most of the characters death comes as something extremely unfortunate, as it is used as way the government

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    People can differ greatly when it comes to ideas and their actions which come into conflict when they differ too greatly in the play Antigone by Sophocles. Antigone, the main character rebels against her uncle (the new king of Thebes) because he wouldn’t bury one of the two brothers who killed each other in a civil war. Creon who refuses to bury the body gets advised to bury it under god's laws but repeatedly goes against Zeus and eventually his own son. Consequently this results in his doctrine of “State over everything and everyone” backfiring in his face with Creon’s eventual downfall. Therefore, listening to people equally; no matter the gender, race, or how wise they are is essential for anyone in power.

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    vFate is defined as the development of events beyond a person’s control, regarded as determined by a supernatural power. Sophocles’s Antigone describes, among many things, the problems Antigone and Ismene face after their parents, Oedipus and Jocasta, and their brothers met their prophesied fate; death. Antigone and Ismene’s oldest brother, Eteocles, met death, but defended the homeland, Thebes, and was given an honorable burial and remembered pleasantly. Polynices, however, Antigone and Ismene’s other brother, was considered a traitor and condemned to a dishonorable death with no legal burial. Antigone and Ismene face challenges, mainly because of their contradictory beliefs, regarding the death of their family members, namely Polynices.

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    Professor Schwab’s interpretation of Antigone’s motives differ significantly from what most conventional scholars think of the text. Her belief is that Antigone’s motive for burying her brother Polyneices was not motivated by familial love but is instead motivated by a possible sexual desire for her brother. Schwab points to philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel as evidence of the conventional Antigone scholar. Schwab claims that Hegel idealizes the brother/sister relationship as one that is immune from desire, when in fact, this does not seem to be the case with Antigone. According to Schwab, Antigone’s love for her brother seems to be more than strictly familial.

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    It is a common knowledge that there are more than seven billion people in the world, therefore each person is unique in his own way. In fact, this distinction indicates a greater value to every individual life, protecting each human from becoming a simply extra number in the list. Such kind of individuality provides humanity with a specific purpose and allows to make choices which basically define it. Actually, as humans, people distinguish themselves by who they truly are and not what they are. Society has been trained to act in a right way if faced a moral dilemma or any type of ethical situation.

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    You’re the mighty King and someone dares to oppose you. Of course, you would not want that to occur, so you try to obstruct them from transgressing more edicts. Well, this is how Creon tries to prevent Antigone, which led him to his own defeat. Creon is the most tragic character in Antigone because of his actions. Antigone wishes to honor the Gods and bury Polyneices, but Creon has other thoughts.

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    In Sophocles’ drama Antigone, he develops his characters to convey that who they are influences what they do. Throughout Antigone, Sophocles reveals that Antigone is very devoted to her family and the rules of the gods. Polynices attacked Thebes because he wanted to take the throne away from his brother Eteocles, but the fight ended with their lives being taken by each other. Creon, now the king, declared an edict that stated that Eteocles’ body should be buried honorably, but that Polynices’ body should be left unburied on the plain in which he died. Antigone flouted Creon

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    In the Greek culture portrayed by the Tragedians, Men all must take responsibility for their actions as a given, to uphold their honor and to take actions that would benefit the society as a whole. Both authors of the plays Hippolytus (Euripides) and Antigone (Sophocles) show that women do indeed take responsibility for their actions just as men, however the actions of women, have a tenancy to have reasoning or motives that are emotion-based or traditional. Be there two systems of laws, those created by the gods and those created by man, both Tragedians show that women, as well as men, should act with the self-sense and responsibility to uphold the laws of the divine and maintain their morality. Sophocles allows for a portrayal of women that

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    In the play Antigone, written by Sophocles, Creon is the king of Thebes. He is highly regarded and looked up to. He is a fair ruler and he does well to capture his peoples trust. However, Creon’s excessive pride leads to his downfall. He does not realize what his fate is because he is too busy trying to get revenge on Polynices.

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    Medea And Antigone Essay

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    In the early 400s B.C., two works, the first Medea by Euripides and the second, Antigone by Sophocles, entered Greek culture, exposing its anxieties through the roles of women. Both authors presented the lives of women in light of a prestigious society in order to make a point concerning the way others falsely viewed women. Specifically, in the narratives, Medea and Antigone respond to conflict in an assertive fashion, rather than submissively. This characteristic which, according to societal standards, ought not to be known to women, causes others to view them as foolish, impulsive women; regardless of the societal pressures and judgements, they relentlessly pursued their goals.

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    Antigone's Claim

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    Me: Hello Dr. Butler, I would like to interview you on your views towards Antigione for my research into classical representations of queer individuals. Butler: Of course. If you should require any additional information about my views on this matter you can likely find my opinion in my book Antigone’s Claim.

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    Polyneices And Antigone

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    " It has come to our notice that the war between Polyneices and Eteocles has angered the people of Thebes and has led Antigone to go against her uncle Creon the King. The new law states that Polyneices is to not have a burial, that no man is to touch him or say the least prayer for him." As soon as the law was established Antigone was infuriated. Antigone decided to tell Ismene her plan, she was not going to be stopped even if she died in the process of honoring her brother. Ismene was starting to think that her sister was going mad and wished to not be a part of her actions.

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    The Power of Change Sometimes the best lessons can be learned not through role models, but rather from people that made past mistakes or unwise decisions. From the play, we can learn many lessons from the king Creon. He makes many mistakes and harms many people through his actions, it’s not until Creon loses everything he loves that he realizes his mistakes and learns from them. In Sophocles 's tragic play Antigone, through Creon’s character we learn that in order to be a successful leader and or person one must not be only strict but also needs to be accommodating to our citizen’s/people’s demands.

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    In the story “Antigone” Sophocles uses the 12 different archetypes throughout his story to make the story more intense due to the different characters in the story. Sophocles represents the warrior and the destroyer a lot because they are different but yet match well together. Creon is represented as the destroyer because he makes everyone commit suicide which makes him be the only one such as explained in the motto of the destroyer. “My wife! my wife!

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    Since the writing of the Greek drama Antigone by Sophocles, many have come to love the strong, determined female protagonist of the play, Antigone. She is not afraid to express her opinions and is willing to risk her life to follow her beliefs. While facing the new King of Thebes, Creon, she does not surrender to him, and instead defends her own word. Their conflicting motivations contribute to Creon’s development as the tragic hero and their interactions with each other advance the plot of the play.

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    In the speech we chose, Ismene is trying to convince Antigone to follow Creon’s order, and to not bury Polynices. She begins her argument by bringing up their tragic family history, about how their father “gouged out his eyes with his own hands” (Line 64), or how their mother died “mutilating her life in the twisted noose” (Line 66). Then, their brothers, “both shedding their own blood, poor suffering boys…” (Line 68). This use of their vividly horrifying history is an example of Pathos.

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    “Fortunate is the man who has never tasted God’s vengeance!” (Sophocles, pg. 215) this statement is about fate, where it is trying to pity Creon as the God’s will curse him because of his unjust law. Although the quote implies “men” Antigone, who is the daughter and sister of Oedipus, is also pitted because the gods have cursed the family. Both Creon and Antigone are unfortunate human beings because the gods are punishing them.

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    Creon Speech In Antigone

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    In Antigone by Sophocles, the purpose of Creon’s speech is to explain his new leadership. First, Creon wants to gain the loyalty from the citizens of Thebes. A great king would first need the trust of his state in order to rule effectively. Especially, Creon would need trust from his state after the tragic events that happened beforehand, which was Polyneices and Eteocles dying. He state this fact in his speech: “I am aware, of course, that no ruler can expect complete loyalty from his subjects until he has been tested in office.”

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