Analysis Of ' Antigone ' By Sophocles

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Moderation is key to living a good life. We live in a gray world. Sophocles perfectly and beautifully was able to portray the ambiguity of our reality. Antigone and Kreon both have valid reasoning and are justified in their views in Sophocles’ tragedy Antigone. Neither is purely good or evil, but are simply two embodiments of contradicting beliefs, each based upon just reasoning. Antigone’s rebellion is based on her love for her brother, an act of emotion and passion. Kreon’s verdict is based upon logic and reason from his position of power. Antigone is a princess of Thebes, and also the bride-to-be of Haemon, Kreon’s son. Teenage princesses have a stereotype of being rebellious and Antigone lives up to her part well. However she is not rebellious without cause, her actions are fueled by her love for her brother. While explaining her reasoning to her dear uncle she states, “My nature joins in friendship, not in enmity.” (523) Antigone explains that her acts of defiance are not simply teenage rebellion but a result of her bond with her brother. To confirm her passion she also states “For me, to meet this doom is equal to no grief at all. But if I had endured the son of my own mother to lie dead without a grave, that would have brought me grief;” (465-468). Antigone is overcome with emotion, so much so that she . Her true intentions are quite clear in her explanation to Kreon, to honor her brother. But are these intentions just? Love and family are themes quite common in
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