In this essay I will discuss the dramatization of ‘events’ in Sophocles Antigone as occurrence that interrupt routine process and routine procedures using Hanna Arendt’s essay ‘On Violence’ (1969) as the primary source of consideration . I will use one single event from Antigone then explain how these dramatic forms become expressions of the violence resulting from the chosen events.
In the book, Antigone, written by Sophocles The Oedipus Cycle, Creon is portrayed as a tragic hero. He literally came from the ground up. He was the despised one in the family that wasn’t really ever given much importance to. Creon was always living in the shadow of his big brother, Oedipus, which was the king of Thebes before Creon was. Straight off the bat you could noticed Creon’s hatred he would always feel against anyone and everyone who didn’t agree with him. Creon became the king of Thebes shortly after Oedipus blinded himself. At the begin of the book, there was a rivalry between two brothers, Eteocles and Polynices. They were both arguing about who would get the throne, but at the end they ended up splitting the kingship between them.
To begin with, Ismene could be eliminated from “Antigone” because she does not affect the story a lot. In line 53, Ismene says to Antigone “You’d bury him when a law forbids the city?”. She only tries to convince Antigone to not bury Polynices, but she does it anyways. Without Ismene, Antigone would have still buried Polynices. Ismene is a character in the story that would not affect the story if he were to disappear.
Should you go with your fiance's option if he or she is right, or you will always go with your parents's decision? The story of Antigone takes place in Thebes, which is a city in Greece where Antigone, the protagonist, who she follows the divine law while Creon follows his own man made law. Through Haimon's speech to Creon in which he conveys Creon that every law need a reason behind it otherwise it's just a blank paper with no meaning. Sophocles uses syntax, figurative language, and repetition to reveal determination, just law, and the value of a person.
Antigone was written in approximately 441 BC by Sophocles. Antigone is typically presented as the tragic Heroine, and therefore the main cause of the tragic conflict, yet I would argue that it is Ismene that contributes most strongly to the tragic conflict in the play, and that she is the tragic heroine. I will explore this by examining the effects of her contrasting dialogue with Antigone, her status as a Hegelian Heroine and her powerlessness have on the tragic conflict of the play.
Throughout history, cultures have developed different beliefs and values about their lives. In the literary world, authors often use their audience's ideology to develop their works and make them more appealing. Their writings also give future readers a sense of what their society is like. In the play Antigone, Sophocles uses the Greek ideas of "Nothing in excess", the unities, and fate in order to reflect his audience's beliefs of the time.
In Sophocles’ Antigone, the king, Creon, is driven mad by the deaths he caused, those of his niece, son, and wife, and Antigone, Creon’s niece, is killed for doing what she believes to be right. He represents the consequences of their actions, Antigone’s death and Creon’s descent into madness, by mentioning of several Greek myths. He also uses these myths to illustrate the emotions that drive each character to act.
Sophocles’ play Antigone dramatizes the conflict between competing, but perhaps equally legitimate, forms of authority and power. One side is embodied by Creon, the king of Thebes, who believes that adherence to the laws of the state is paramount, even if they are in contrast with the wishes of the gods. Opposing Creon is Antigone, who advocates for divine justice and proper family roles. Tiresias, the prophet, convinces Creon that by failing to properly bury Polynices and for imprisoning Antigone, he has angered the gods and cursed his family. Tiresias’ role in society is the reason that only he has the authority to dissent against Creon and sway his opinion when he would disregard everyone else’s.
In the play Antigone, the four choral stasima play an important role in establishing the theme of the play and helping the audience relate to and comprehend the struggle of characters. One shared theme between the stasima is the influence of the gods on human affairs. The first stasimon speaks about following human laws but also honoring divine law by swearing on the gods. If the human laws conflict with the laws of the gods, there is no justice. The second stasimon also speaks of following laws especially those of the gods. The stasimon gives an example of the dangers of disobeying the laws of the gods. The household of Labdakos is cursed because he disobeyed the laws of the gods. The stasimon closes with a tribute to the god Zeus praising his incredible power. In the third stasimon, the power of Zeus is also described as full of mystery and unavoidable. Dionysus is also described punishing the child of Dryas for disobeying him. The
Have you ever read a play or a book and felt so deeply connected with a character? Or have you ever realized how much you and your favorite character are alike? While reading the play Antigone, I was able to feel a connection with Antigone. There are many reasons how Antigone and I connect such as our appearance and health, our family and relationships, and our personality and attitude. There are many reasons that Antigone and I are similar and if you continue to read you will see how.
In Sophocles's Antigone he makes it seem like the characters are defying the rules of the gods. Characters in the story seem to be branching out, and choosing their own fate. Creon defied the rules of the gods, and refused to allow Polyneices to be buried. Antigone defied the kind, and buried Polyneices. Antigone also chose her own fate by hanging herself in the tomb. Showing that the characters are defying the gods, and choosing their own fates.
In Sophocles’ Antigone, Polynices never appears directly, but is one of the significant presences in the tragedy. Polynices is the reason for the downfall of the tragic hero, Creon, who is also the King of Thebes. Not only has one character been affected, but Polyneices’ death is the root of the preeminent conflict. Stated in the prologue, Polyneices has already been killed by his brother, Eteocles. This piece of background information is crucial because his death has generated a tremendous force on the plot and themes of the play.
The primary leader of India’s Independence, Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding.” Supporting Gandhi, if someone lets their anger and intolerance control how they perceive things, they won’t understand the correct point of view. In the Theban play Antigone, written by the Greek philosopher, Sophocles, the King of Thebes, Creon, refuses to properly bury the dead body of his nephew, thus he cannot pass on to his after life. Creon’s niece, Antigone, challenges Creon to bury her brother, but when he doesn’t, she buries him herself and gets punished. Creon continues to make irrational decisions, leading to his son and wife’s death. As a result of Creon’s intense emotions
In the Greek tragic play, Antigone written by Sophocles, Creon, the king of Thebes is a very selfish, untrusting king. In the play, Creon orders that the body of Polynices shouldn’t be buried because he is a trader of Thebes. Though, many other people feel that Polyneices body should be buried. Creon would not take advice from anyone, and he believes his opinion is the only thing that matters. Creon is a misanthrope in the play, and as a consequence is not properly suited to be a good king of Thebes.
In the play Antigone, Sophocles tells the story of the titular character as she buries her traitorous brother in defiance of a tyrannical despot. Through this action, the play asks the question of whether the laws created by one man “could override the gods, the great unwritten, unshakable traditions,” (504-5). Some may argue that Creon's decree is merely one of necessity, an unavoidable evil to allow the city of Thebes to heal and unite. He is a patriot holding his city together in times of strife. While Creon may believe this, saying "our country is our safety" (211), it is actually his lack of love that causes him to deny Polynices his burial. Love is the ultimate natural law, thus proving Antigone's right to disobey the unjust decree.
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 like Antigone could not watch something happen and not take actions. In the case of this play Antigone feels very strong towards her brother that pasted and also feels that she has to honor his death. Antigone takes action in t her own hands with understanding that her actions may come with harsh repercussions.
Sophocles, the renowned ancient Greek playwright, wrote three plays about the house of Thebes: King Oedipus (also called Oedipus Rex and Oedipus Tyrannus), Antigone, and Oedipus at Colonus. The three plays, while commonly considered a trilogy, are in fact three separate plays, written at almost twenty to thirty year intervals, which concern themselves with the same theme and lineage. With Aeschylus and Euripides, his older and younger contemporaries, Sophocles formed a triad of the greatest dramatists of ancient Greece.
In order to understand the true impact of the decisions that Creon and Antigone made, it is also important to understand Weber’s perspective. In “Politics as a Vocation”, Weber emphasizes the authority and legitimacy from which political leaders derive power. Particularly, in the case of politics, legitimacy is seen as crucial; he defines a state as “the monopoly of the legitimate use of physical force within a given territory” (Weber 4). Without this legitimation, a monopoly of force is not enough to constitute a political entity. Taking it one step further, Weber also discusses the three legitimations of dominion over the state: traditional domination, charismatic domination, and legal domination. For a state to be legitimate, there needs
The play Antigone by Sophocles is a very famous and that is read in schools all over the world. The play simply shows someone standing up to an unjust and unfair state and it can be used to bring people together depending on the situation. One person that adapted Sophocles’ Antigone was Jean Anouilh, who was a French playwright. Anouilh’s adaptation of Antigone came out in the year 1944 but was written in 1942. The fact that this adaptation came out in France during the year 1942 is very important to French as well as world history.
Oscar and Wilde have plays that take place in which men are the ones with the power however, they both show that women can be strong to even if it means taking that power away from the men. Antigone risks her life; exploiting courage and bravery in burying her brother. Her actions are what separate herself from women like Ismene, which defines her as a person standing up against a man for what she believes in and not just a woman. Both Gwendolyn and Cecily share similarities where they find themselves attached to their fiancés; desiring for both love and passion while unaware to the consequences. Women have more power than they think and it only depends on whether or not they have the will to take that power from their male