Analysis of Antigone

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Analysis of Antigone Today the United States is controlled by three branches, but the executive branch is the branch that is commonly referred to when mentioning the United States; the President. Who was once just a loyal friend of Oedipus, now the ruler of Thebes, Creon can be considered Thebes’s president. A ruler who believes and insists that his word is final when it deals with anything under his jurisdiction, meets a match in Antigone, the daughter of the former ruler of Thebes before he parted unto the other side. “When the unstoppable object collides with an unmovable object,” can be used to describe the two opposing views of Antigone and Creon. Every hero or heroine must go through a three part journey: the departure and…show more content…
Antigone taunts death by coming forth to Creon and stating that she is the one who defied his word and buried Polynices despite of Creon’s orders. Willing to be put to death for her actions, Antigone displays her bravery not only by her actions but shows her individualism by denying her sister helped bury the body. Even though it took some time before Antigone actually gained individualism, she gained it. Every heroine must cross the threshold of dependency and arrive on the opposite side, which is individualism. Not meaning she cant accept the help of others, but more along the lines of not having to rely on others for assistance. Antigone has changed dramatically compared from the character she was when she was first introduced. Inheriting the “hero ness” from her father, she took steps towards individualism and achieved the status of an archetypal heroine. Embarking on a physical and mental journey to and though Thebes, she was forced to answer her call and become a heroine. Completing the second to last step in a heroine’s quest, Antigone enters the final phase of the journey, the return. Being released from her tomb, her quest is complete and the family name is purified
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