Analysis Of ' Antigone ' By Sophocles

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Guadalupe Martinez
July 1, 2015
AP Literature
Throughout the course of human existence, there has been a clear division line that defines the gender roles that have been followed. History has taught us many things and included within that list is inequality. Men and women haven 't been treated equality for many years in the past, but the good thing is that now, women have at least a little bit more justice done towards them. Although throughout time in recorded history, women have shown and proved not only through words but most importantly through actions that we are all capable and and brave human beings that deserve the same rights that the men possess. There have been many books, movies, and play in which women are portrayed in many different ways.
A great play in which women show many different characteristics is Antigone. Antigone is a tragedy play written by Sophocles, in which Antigone is portrayed as a brave woman who is willing to disobey the king to respect her honor towards her family. Her loyalty is shown when she says,”Death, so met, were honour; and for that capital crime of piety, loving and loved, I will lie by his side.”(3) Upon returning to Thebes, Antigone and her sister, Ismene, are put aware that both their brothers, Polynices and Eteocles, have killed each other in battle. Both brothers had agreed to rule alternate years, although the first year had fallen to Eteocles, which made polynices suspect of him and fled away to the city of Argos.
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