Antigone, By Sophocles, The King And Oedipus

1465 Words Oct 6th, 2014 6 Pages
Sophocles’, The Theban Plays, takes place during the intellectual experiments in the Age of Enlightenment in Greece. The Theban Plays is dramatic literature consisting of a trilogy of plays: Oedipus the King, Oedipus of Colonus and Antigone. Oedipus the King and Oedipus of Colonus were written in a very male-focused manner. Throughout these plays, Sophocles’ main characters and main plots are written around Oedipus, Creon, Polynices, Tiresias, Theseus and very few spotlight is given to the female figures such as Jocasta, Antigone, Ismene, and Euridice. After Oedipus the King and Oedipus Colonus, Antigone comes into play in a protagonist role. Sophocles’ play, Antigone, represents a never before seen type of ‘woman power;’ or what in today’s era can be referred to as feminism—“the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes” (Merriem Webster). Antigone’s characteristics are symbolic of feminism—she is a woman who goes against the male dominated government, a woman who is strong and courageous, but even more so a woman who is willing to sacrifice her life to fight for what she believes in.
Creon’s character is a perfect example of the masculinity ideas from the men of Greece. He is the authority whom all men follow and he is the person individuals embody, admire, and look up to. Therefore, his ideas and beliefs can be generalized to the ideas and beliefs of most Greeks. Creon makes various ignorant remarks to depict his view not only towards Antigone…
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