Antigone : The Foreign Policies Of George Bush 's Administration
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Seamus Heaney’s adaptation of Sophocles Antigone takes inspiration from the foreign policies of George Bush’s administration, (McElroy. S, 2007 NYT). This is most notably seen through the character Creon and how he dictates to the people. Sophocles version of Antigone was written at a time shortly before Sophocles became one of ten generals that led a military expedition against Samos. I am going to be looking at the scene in which Creon and Haemon argue over Antigone and ultimately part on bad terms. I am choosing this scene because the themes of family loyalty, authority and war are easily defined here, alike at the time of writing the original script, the Theban society valued family and loyalty above all else, they were also often at war.
Antigone is part of a series of Theban plays by Sophocles and concludes what his later plays started. At the start of the play, we learn of the deaths of her two brothers, Eteocles and Polyneices. The death of her brothers and her unrelenting refusal to let one of their bodies rot leads Antigone to be imprisoned in a tomb. This event leads father and son to defy society’s value of family loyalty and argue; Creon: The woman has you round her little finger Haemon: Shutting me up still doesn’t make you right. Creon: … You’ll pay for this disrespect…
Sophocles targets the traditional Theban values of family loyalty, which would’ve caused a difference of opinion in the audience of his time. Threatening Haemon for his disrespect would’ve