Analysis And Comparison Of Ophelia And Antigone

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Analysis and Comparison of Ophelia and Antigone Analysis of Antigone Antigone 's story begins in the middle of things as the audience is expected to be aware of her background. Antigone firmly believed that she and her sister were the final victims of a curse that was placed upon their family long ago. The rest of her family members had already paid the price of the evil, and it was, therefore, their destiny to die as well. As a result of the curse, Antigone, and her sister Ismene are destined to die, and no matter how they chose to live, they will die. Antigone 's character throughout the play is what leads to her doom, and even though she can be considered a hero, she is a victim of her circumstances. Antigone 's tragic life begins when she insists that she will perform a proper burial for her brother Polyneices even though this is not acceptable (Sophocles. 1. 55). Even though her sister warns her that they are only women and should not challenge the men, Antigone decides that her brother must receive a proper burial, because that is what is right by Zeus. From the beginning of the play Antigone alludes to the sufferings that their family has gone through and the fate that awaits them as the only remaining family members (Sophocles. 1. 5-10). Ismene 's character is used to show the difference between the two and to bring out the feminism in Antigone. Whereas Ismene believes that her duty as a woman is to the men, Antigone insists that her duty is only

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