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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

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    seemingly depend on for purpose, but throughout much of history, the concept was viewed through a quite different lense. In The Oedipus Cycle by Sophocles, despite all of the efforts of Oedipus to avoid his fate, the king of Thebes is not able to avoid the inevitable, due to circumstances out of his control. Considered in a more simplistic light during Sophocles’ time, with the role of the gods playing an much more significant role in people 's thought processes, many preeminent philosophers, such as

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    A tragic character is one whose errors and misfortunes lead to one’s own downfall. In 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

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    is more powerful, pride or stubbornness? In Sophocles’ tragic play, Antigone, Antigone is fighting against Creon because of the edict to not bury Polyneices. Antigone is headstrong and stubborn, while Creon is prideful and unreasonable. Sophocles uses these character flaws to show the people that excessive pride and stubbornness will lead to their downfall. Antigone feels love for her brother and is passionate and stubborn about burying him. Sophocles showed that being too passionate can lead to

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    represented as the chorus. So they express their feelings about Creon stating, “fortunate is the man who has never tasted God's vengeance!/ Where once the anger of heaven has struck, the house is shaken/ For ever: damnation Rises behind each child”(Sophocles 465-467). In a way his people are mocking him, they call him lucky for not feeling the anger of the Gods because he is going against the the Gods. Being arrogant to his religion Creon creates a conflict between him, his State, and the Gods. So by

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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

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    “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely” said historian Lord Acton. In Sophocles’ Antigone, Oedipus the King of Thebes newly departs after disgracing his people, and his successors to the throne, Polynices and Eteocles die in battle, thus leaving his brother Creon to inherit his throne. From the beginning, Creon uses his newfound power to impose excessive punishments against not only the people of Thebes, but also his family. As a result, the Thebans recognize his abuse of

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    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. The phrase, "Nothing in excess," is inscribed at the Temple of Delphi as a reminder to the Greeks to not elevate or degrade

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    Honor is the adherence to what is right or to a conventional standard of conduct. In the dramatic play Antigone by Sophocles, the lead character , Antigone has to make an arduous decision either by following the laws of god, which was to bury her brother Polynices, against the laws of Creon, which was to let Polynices body be left unburied above grounds, to be eaten . Antigone believes that she has to do what is right because the laws of God is more important to her. Honor is worth dying for,

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    Oedipus the King, by Sophocles, is renowned as one of the most edifying tragedies of its era and its influence on both theatre and society is still evident today. Through the development of one of the most profound characters in literature, the play offers an insight on themes such as fate, free will, recognition, relationships, religion, and duty. The play was first performed in about 429 B.C in the City Dionysia, where it secured second place, and it continues to be performed today through different

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    Sophocles, with his intelligence and creativity, presented numerous ethically correct and incorrect circumstances in his play Antigone, also consisting of arguable traits. With every character shadows a dilemma that the reader has to interpret for themselves, and this is one of the reasons that it is as intellectually challenging as it is presented. One of these characters within the controversy is Antigone, the daughter of the former king of Thebes. To understand Antigone’s moral controversy,

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    The Importance of family and cultural values is proved in the Greek playwright written by Sophocles. Sophocles helped us understand each character as we meet them in the first scene. Antigone, we learn that she is the antagonist as she rebels against her uncle, Creon, and her love for her own blood, and that she is not one to stand down for any man. Antigone, Ismene and Creon are characters that are of discussion in the play of gender roles. Antigone identifies the love for family, and what others

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    The Greek tragedy Antigone by Sophocles takes place in Thebes during the aftermath of the reign of Oedipus. Kreon is the ruler of Thebes and the uncle to Antigone yet the familial bond is disregarded mostly due to the shame of the incestuous nature of Kreon’s nieces and nephews. After a civil war of Antigone’s brothers, which results in both of their deaths, Polyneices is left unburied; this is the beginning of the tragedy. Both Kreon and Antigone made many questionable decisions that led to the

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    Sophocles Theban Trilogy

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    Theban Trilogy People: Sophocles - Author the Theban Trilogy, And famous playwright. Laius - King of Thebes and father of Oedipus. Jocasta - Queen of Thebes mother and later the wife of Oedipus. Antigone - The one faithful and loving child of Oedipus. Ismene - The other daughter of Oedipus who visits both him and Antigone in Colonus. Creon - An uncle of Oedipus Who will eventually rule Thebes after destroying the family of Oedipus. Concepts: The Prophecy was that Oedipus would kill his father

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    Pride can be one of man's strongest qualities. In Sophocles' play, Antigone, the Theme of pride becomes the cause for destruction for both Creon and Antigone in the play.. Creon's Pride blinds him to the injustice he commits against Antigone and the gods. Antigone's pride leaves her no choice but to be killed because of her beliefs. They Both automatically surrender to their own hubris and demonstrate how uncontrolled pride leads to personal downfalls and destruction in Antigone. The excessive pride

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    should one live?’ ‘Is it possible to make a rational choice between personal decision and external constraints?’ and ‘Can practical rationality be used to avoid conflict?’ These are questions that Nussbaum tries to uncover through the tragic play, Sophocles’ Antigone, of Ancient Greek theatre. Nussbaum heavily focuses on the simplification committed by the protagonists, Creon and Antigone, as they attempt to ward off conflict through simplifying their “commitments and love”. This can be seen as the

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    who prove their ability to assist others. Throughout the years, humanity attempts to have an upright, yet rigorous, rule. Great leaders have induced goals that represent the needs of both the leader and their people. In Antigone, a play written by Sophocles, the examination of the legitimacy of Creon’s rule, shows that Creon is not an effective leader through his inability to listen to his people, his rule through fear, and incapacity to support his family or people. Creon is a poor leader, considering

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    in your voice, you stop and realize theres no hope in yelling anymore. In the play “Antigone” written back in the B.C era by Sophocles, There are many persuasive arguements in the play using the classic greek appeals of ethos, pathos, and logos. These arguements are dealt by key charectors such as Antigone, ismene, haimon, creon, and teiresias. In the play “Antigone” sophocles puts persuasion into the arguements between charectors using the appeals of pathos, logos, and ethos. Haimon uses logical

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    going to happen since it was all fated. However, with agency in human, they believe that something will be bound to changes with their action. They believe they could do something to modify the ending to anything but the known-predicted ending. Sophocles has seamlessly engaged determinism into the book through making known that Apollo’s predictions will happen to Oedipus. To King Laius and Queen Jocasta, Apollo was the mighty one; his prediction is and will be the only truth to them. They have fear

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    Sophocles was born in Colonus, Hippius, which is now part of Athens, in the year of 496 BC and he was a Greek playwright in drama. Sophocles was not only a Greek philosopher but he was also a politician, priest, and a military leader. Sophocles and two other philosophers, Euripides and Aeschylus, were mainly known as the masters of tragedy. Sophocles was the most successful of the three and always won in play competitions and “never had the ignominy of being voted third” (Cartwright) place. It is

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