Antigone and Alceste are both eccentrics gifted on changing social morality. Throughout their individual plays, both characters demonstrate through the tone and structure of the plays their thematic ideas that they stand for. Throughout this essay, I will dig into the plays and display how the plays and their themes help make them effective characters as well as I like. Antigone and Alceste are very much similar because they both seek to change the world order in which they live in. Antigone wants to bury her dead brother and pay her last respects to him. But, unlike her fellow people of Thebes, she volitionally refuses to adhere the social normality and follow Kreon’s orders no matter what the cost is to herself. Alceste displays a similar drive as he refuses to follow the courtesies that his fellow man dutifully obeys. She chooses to never back down from her principle. Alceste resists the normal behavior by refusing to obey no mater what anybody tells him. He then decides to not hold his tongue back. They both displayed stubbornness to refuse to adhere a normality that others feel is the truth. But, they do not do quite do it in the same manner. Antigone holds up her principles until the moment she decides to commit suicide. She is a fighter and never backs down. Alceste on the other hand will hold his tongue back such as with Oronte, to not sound disrespectful but otherwise insists people should be more honest. I feel in this way, Alceste is a deceiver stating something
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The outstanding play “Antigone” written by Sophocles introduces how Antigone can reveal the honor within a family. “Antigone” produces a tragic hero, which is Antigone because of her pride and imitation of action.
Antigone is a play written by Sophocles. The genre of the play that Sophocles wrote was based on tragedy. It is one of the first plays that use tragedy. In the play a young girl named Antigone, stands up against her uncle Creon who is the king. She stands up for her rights, so that she can give a religious burial to Polynices. She was a girl with a lot of will power. This essay talks about the relationship between Antigone and Creon. This essay would contain paragraphs where there would be comparisons between Antigone and Creon’s Relationship.
The play “Antigone” is a tragedy by Sophocles. One main theme of the play is Religion vs. the state. This theme is seen throughout the play. Antigone is the supporter of religion and following the laws of the gods and the king of Thebes, Creon, is the state. In the play Creon has made it against the law to bury Antigone’s brother, something that goes against the laws of the gods, this is the cause of most conflict in the story. This struggle helps to develop the tragic form by giving the reader parts of the form through different characters.
This play features two characters with the human trait of pride. Pride can bring about great bravery in the case of Antigone and too much of it may lead to ruin as depicted in what happened to Creon. In the play Antigone is a martyr because she
The play Antigone by Sophocles is a play like no other. There are three major themes or ideas which have a very important role in the play. The first major theme is fate, on how the play comes about and the turn of events that come about throughout it. Another main theme or idea is the pride the characters have and their unwillingness they have to change their minds once they are set on something. The last major theme is loyalty and the practical problem of conduct involving which is a higher law between the divine laws and those of the humans. It is an issue of which law is the "right" law, and if Creon and Antigone's acts are justifiable or not. The issues that Antigone and Creon have between them
Out of the plays studied during this class, there is hardly a better example of the hero being so integral to the play’s plot and themes than Antigone. Antigone, whose name is the title of the play, strives to do what is right, despite being opposed by the law and her sister’s lack of initial support. Standing up to a seemingly invincible dictator with nothing but her convictions, the story of Antigone is empowering. Essentially, most of the lessons taught through Antigone are taught through the hero and the journey she goes through. By focusing on and analyzing Antigone’s role as the hero, it becomes obvious that Antigone is a true example of heroic archetypes, an idea that is strengthened by her motivations, as well as that Antigone’s values
This essay will compare two of the characters in “Antigone”, Antigone and Creon, in an effort to determine the identity of the tragic hero in this tale.
Antigone is the so called protagonist of this play, though her actions are viewed, to some, as being morally in the right place, and being an act of selflessness, even despite the word of the law of Thebes. However, some could call her motives a bit extreme as well, seeing as she’d defy a law that could result in her death if caught, all for the love of her dear brother, and even call
Before I jump into this paper, I should probably tell you what Antigone is about. Antigone is a play which takes place shortly after the city of Thebes has been torn apart by civil war. The leaders of both sides were no other than the protagonist Antigone’s own brothers, both heirs they fought for power. In battle, the two brothers fought to their deaths, each slaying the other. One brother was honored a hero and given the funeral rites demanded by the gods. The other was deemed a traitor and left to rot, unburied, food for dogs, birds, and wild animals, and denied the rites the gods demanded. In these times it was believed not giving a
In Shakespeare's time, the English lived with a strong sense of social class -- of belonging to a particular group because of occupation, wealth, and ancestry. Elizabethan Society had a very strict social code at the time that Shakespeare was writing his plays. Social class could determine all sorts of things, from what a person could wear to where he could live to what jobs his children could get. Some families moved from one class to another, but most people were born into a particular class and stayed there. There was a chance of being granted a title by the crown. This was uncommon at the time and a relatively new thing for Europe where ancestry always defined nobility.
This story is marked by tragedy after tragedy; Antigone and Ismene are presented with a father, that dare to killed his father to married his own mother. Two brother that followed the similar example, and consequently killed each other to for throne to have power. We don’t know what age they were when her parents died, but by inference we can argue that they were young. Although, Antigone and Ismene experience some life-hard moments together, their view on certain situation are shaped differently throughout the play. Antigone, see the situation with her brother Polynieces as outrageous offense to her and her family values, especially after being an active member of leadership in the city of Thebes. Antigone, experiences had made her a stronger than other women, she doesn’t fear man, and is
Through this first interactive oral presentation, my understanding of the character traits and archetypes explored in Jean Anouilh’s play “Antigone” was deepened. It also allowed me to better understand the differences between the English translation and the original French play. The presenters held a discussion on the traits of the characters in Antigone, and had students guess the character based on a description of their traits. I found this particularly effective, as it allowed us to realize that each character had distinct traits. These traits were then linked to common archetypes. Each character can be associated with multiple archetypes. For example, Antigone can be associated with the Hamartia archetype, as her steadfast determination
Within in the stories of Antigone, All Things Fall Apart, All Quiet on the Western Front, and Persepolis, each character experienced different expectations, pressures, and stigmas from the society they lived in and are incorrectly characterized as “Tragic Heroes”. Readers may interpret
The topic I chose to write this essay on is about the examination of the central conflicts that are taking place in the story “Antigone”. Throughout the story and what seems to be the start of many conflicts to come is, Antigone the main character having hard time fathering the fact that she’s not allowed to bury her other brother Polynices. Due to orders given by her uncle Creon. Essentially in the story Antigone struggles with fighting against the social customs of the time, disputes with her sister Ismene, and Creon who represents the state or government and the ultimate enemy.
Every character plays an essential role in any story. Whether it is a protagonist, an antagonist, or a supporting character. Each personality improves the plot of the story. In the plays Hamlet by William Shakespeare and Antigone by Sophocles, Hamlet and Antigone are the tragic heroes whose need for justice are center of the novel. In this argumentative paper, I will compare both characters, Hamlet and Antigone, as they seek justice but instead achieve the role of a tragic hero.