Antigone : The Rebel Of Freedom

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Antigone: The Rebel
Freedom must come from within. Those who think they cannot break loose from the chains that restrain them, will remain powerless. Similarly, greek women had a limited amount of freedom. The rules that were set, were extreme and unfair. Rather than rebel, many women found themselves helpless and incapable of changing society. In the play Antigone, by Sophocles, it is made evident that Creon and Antigone both have opposing views on gender roles. Antigone is faced with a difficult decision that involves going against the male establishment in society. This establishment is personified by her uncle Creon. He believes that men are essential in this society and women are secondary. Antigone, on the other hand, had a high praise for the Gods. She felt that the laws of the gods should be obeyed above all others,especially when in respect to family. Antigone finds herself on an uphill battle for freedom. She is able to challenge society by following the rules of the Gods as opposed to the rules Creon has set. This enables her to highlight the faults in society along with the struggles women go through to cope with the shackles society has put on them.
Essentially, Ismene, Antigone 's sister, does not have the same mindset as Antigone. Nonetheless, Antigone does not obey Creon’s notion to not bury Polyneices. Antigone states, “ As for you, well, if you wish, you can show your contempt for those laws the gods all hold in honour.”(Sophocles 93-95) Antigone was

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