Classical Greek tragedy Antigone by Sophocles, shows the tragic flaw by defining Creon destruction who put a young girl sentence to death. Creon was a king of Thebes, he was a tyrant who liked to enforce his laws on people. In Antigone Creon demonstrated as a tragic hero, who obligated an action and made mistakes which caused his downfall he believed that he can’t ever be wrong. His stubbornness cost a lot of people lives including his son. Creon suffered greatly in Antigone and learned a valuable lesson. Creon had chances to way out for his mistake, to free Antigone, and to forgive her crime. But he chooses not to because of his self-importance. This also shows that Creon is fated. Sophocles defined Creon character more on the negative side. Because there should be something that created a tragedy in Antigone.
This Sophocles tragedy seemed to touch many readers. This tragedy has made many people in present and antiquity rethink their purpose in life. This story also intended to raise many questions. One question that I will discus is what means more to you, social acceptance or staying true to your beliefs? This classic tragedy that I am referring to is called Antigone. This fascinating story touches many subject of social and religious matter. I will discuss the tragic turmoil of Antigone, her surrounding family, and the social and religious dilemma that Antigone faces that will ultimately decide her fate.
The moral compass of planet Earth intends to point north at all times. This isn’t always the case. People make mistakes, and others immediately judge their decision. Are they right, or are they wrong? If they are right, then perfect -- no harm done. If they are wrong feelings of guilt and shame may overcome. It is at this moment in time where the wrongdoer needs to make a decision in accordance to their actions. In an excerpt from Antigone, by the classic Greek playwright Sophocles, the wise Teiresias observes, “Think: all men make mistakes, But a good man yields when he Knows his course is wrong, And repairs the evil: The only Crime is pride.” Teiresias statement is valid. The time period in which this poem was written does not remove its
Many people might look at Antigone as a brazen woman who rebels against the government, but others feel that she was just doing what was right. Would we think of her differently if she was a man? And does she deserve her bad reputation? Sophocles was a groundbreaking playwright in many ways, especially with Antigone which shows Antigone as a brave soul seeking justice. In Greece, those viewing Antigone were primarily male, due to the fact that most known plays were during festivals for men, which might prove that Sophocles was a man ahead of his time. Antigone is a play written by a man that seems to hint at a women’s place in society and the sexism she might face through Antigone and her sister Ismene, Creon’s harsh quotes and the general way women are treated and referred to.
Women of Sophocles era in ancient Greek history had very few rights. Their main purpose in life was to marry and produce sons. They were merely extensions of the men they married since women were never considered citizens of a city. A woman who was not married and not a virgin could be bought and sold as a slave. Despite the evident lack of respect for women in their society, however, ancient Greek artists still made use of women as the main characters in their works. In her essay, “From Tragedy to Hierarchy and Back Again: Women in Greek Political Thought,” Arlene W. Saxonhouse states that women in Greek tragedy are meant to help question the norms of the patriarchal society because Greek men, confronted with a women hero, are forced to see that they in fact need women to exist, annulling their right to complete dominance over society (404). Antigone is no exception to this statement. In her fight to rescue her brother from a restless soul, Antigone also helps bring out the issues of male chauvinism and sexism in
Sophocles’ play “Antigone” illustrates the conflict between obeying human and divine law. The play opens after Oedipus’ two sons Eteocles and Polyneices have killed each other in a civil war for the throne of Thebes. Oedipus’ brother in law Creon then assumes the throne. He dictates that Eteocles shall receive a state funeral and honors, while Polyneices shall be left in the streets to rot away. Creon believes that Polyneices’ body shall be condemned to this because of his civil disobedience and treachery against the city. Polyneices’ sister, Antigone, upon hearing this exclaims that an improper burial for Polyneices would be an insult to the Gods. She vows that Polyneices’ body will be buried, and Creon declares that anyone who
In a democracy, people choose representatives to lead and govern them. However, these representatives might take unpopular steps. In such instances the people may show their disapproval of a policy and vent their grievances through acts of civil disobedience. Henry Thoreau said, “It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right.” It is both the right and responsibility of a person to fight an unjust law, and civil disobedience allows one to convey his thoughts and ideas in a passive, nonviolent way. In Sophocles’ Antigone, written in 442 B.C., we find one of the earliest examples of civil disobedience. The play emphasizes the right of the individual to reject his government’s infringement on his freedom to
Throughout history there have been many strong females, in real life and in works of literature. Sophocles, the author of the tragic play Antigone, also created two other plays that corresponded with Antigone. Between the three plays, Sophocles tells the story of King Laius and the fight against the Greek God Apollo. Antigone begins right after an event in which Polyneices and Eteocles, Antigone’s brothers, stabbed each other at the exact same time. Both died, but because Polyneices had betrayed King Creon and Thebes, everyone in the kingdom was forbidden to give him a proper burial. Through her efforts in attempting to give Polyneices a proper burial and her defiance of King Creon, Antigone represents the strong female heroine in the story
Have you ever experienced wanting to know who someone was? Well, over the summer, two of my close guy friends were telling me many stories about a teammate and friend of theirs. After hearing many of their stories I decided I wanted to meet their friend, who is named Mark. My friends, Daniel and Noah, told me that it was a bad idea. They explained to me he was “special” and slightly “crazy”. I doubted them and still pushed to meet him. After a while, they finally gave in. Mark and I met over text and in the beginning he seemed very nice. Although, after just a couple days of texting him I began to see that my friends were telling the truth. Mark began to become creepy and would never leave me alone and also claimed that he liked me. I finally then decided to ask for help and admit that they were right about “meeting” him. Both Daniel and Noah admitted how that is was their fault, as well, by letting me text him. This is similar to the conflict in Antigone since my friends and I thought our decisions were the right things to do at the moment and did not think of the consequences. In the play Antigone, written by Sophocles, Antigone, Creon, and the gods were all to blame for all the issues that occurred in Thebes. The writing, Antigone, is about the struggle between knowing what is right and wrong when two laws contradict one another. The story takes place in a city-state, Thebes, in Ancient Greece. The main conflict in the story is between Antigone and Creon about the burial
The story in Antigone shows two things that Sophocles could be pointing which is important whether may be the family or authority. Readers could not tell whether Sophocles would be choosing which but most conclude that Sophocles could be siding with family as it talks much more about it than authority. In the mind of a reader, family is mostly likely the winner as Antigone cares her brother Polyneices, Antigone denies the rule of Creon, Creon values his son and his wife, and Sophocles might be making a point when he made family important in Antigone.
In “Antigone” by Sophocles, a famous ancient Greek tragedian, the main character, Antigone, demonstrates a prohibited action in a strict, male-dominated society. Greek civilization upheld strong values and rules that were designed to enforce orderly behavior among its people. There were state laws created by the King, Creon, and divine laws created by the Gods. Divine law was superior to the king laws, and if that rule was disrupted, eternal consequences could ruin an individual. In this society, men were mighty, powerful, and in control of the kingdom. Women were traditionally treated as an underclass with no voice or power. Women were restricted from performing any masculine jobs, holding high civilization positions, and disobeying men. Although Greek civilization had strict standards for women, Antigone challenges the law through her actions in order to satisfy the Gods because it is what she thought was the right decision.
In Antigone, a play by Sophocles, the sisters Ismene and Antigone make bold and unwavering decisions. Contrary to most male characters in Greek plays, their male counterparts do not exhibit many masculine traits. Despite the fact that Ismene and Antigone are Greek women, they show more traits that are stereotypically masculine than their male counterparts such as decisiveness, fearlessness, and defiance.
Sophocles’ Antigone is the third of the three Theban plays written, but has been considered the first; the play was written in or before 441 B.C. In Antigone, Sophocles uses women as a strong and independent figure of the society. This play is the first to display women differently in a male dominated society. He also uses this play to describe women as able to make their own decisions and capable of living without the attention of males. The play Antigone shows the personalities of three women in society: Antigone, the strong, independent one, Ismene, the weak, traditional one, and Eurydice, Creon’s wife and an older traditional woman. Each character represents a woman’s way of living and what is expected and expected of women. Each of these women display many differences, some being the fine line between good and evil and life and death. Going into depth with each female character, the reader could tell that the differences in each character is not displayed in the others. For example, Ismene’s weakness and Antigone’s strong will. Although strength can be important in the play, there is the bravery and the passion