Antigone - Paper 13

1697 WordsMar 24, 20107 Pages
Greek drama was written in such a way that the characters are the pivotal aspect of the play. The main characters in Sophocles’ epic play, Antigone, are both very strong personalities, which naturally leads to conflict. Antigone and King Creon both have very intense beliefs and roles in this play that oppose each other, and although there is a family tie, will lead to an imminent tragedy. Antigone is a young women who believes in the loyalty of her family and fears no one and nothing. She is willing to give up her bright future and her life and disobey the edict of her uncle and bury her deceased brother. Antigone displays her heroic characteristics through her fearlessness, loyalty, perseverance, and is therefore the tragic heroine of…show more content…
If it wasn’t for the incest of Oedipus and Jocasta, the parents of Antigone, Ismene, Polyneices and Eteocles, Oedipus would have never gouged his eyes out and given over a shared kingship to his sons. If they hadn’t of been greedy and unable to share the kingship, then there would have been no edict forbidding the burial of Polyneices. Therefore, being a kin of Oedipus’ family, Antigone fell into a trap and was destined to fall into a tragedy. The antistrophe, which represents society and their views, expresses: “I have seen this gathering sorrow from time long past/ Loom upon Oedipus’ children: generation from generation/ Takes the compulsive rage of the enemy god./ So lately this last flower of Oedipus’ line/ Drank the sunlight! but now a passionate word/ And a handful of dust have closed up all its beauty.” (Sophocles Ode II) Society was conflicted in what to think about the entire conflict in the city of Thebes. It brought upon a theme of moral law versus civil law. No one knew what to think or who to side with because everyone was right, yet everyone was wrong. Antigone is a perfect example of a tragic heroine and exemplifies every aspect of the definition. Antigone can be compared to any brave woman who decides to fight for what she believes in but she can best be compared to a twentieth century woman soldier in any branch of the armed forces. It can be said that any soldier has the characteristics of loyal and
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