Critical Analysis Of Antigone By Sophocles

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Marik Casleton Humanities Professor Jaye 28 November 2017 Analysis of Antigone by Sophocles After the unsuccessful attempt to siege Thebes by Polynices and his allies, the city stands unconquered. Polynices and his brother Eteocles, however, are both dead, killed by each other in a struggle to rule Thebes. Outside of the city walls, Antigone tells Ismene that Creon has declared that Eteocles is to be buried with full honors, while the body of Polynices is left to decay in the middle of a courtyard. Subsequently, Creon mandated that anyone attempting to administer burial rites to Polynices will be stoned to death. Antigone rebels against Creon’s authority and buries Polynices in secret. A guard informs Creon that someone has attempted to offer burial rites to Polynices and Creon demands that the perpetrator be brought before him. Antigone states that the orders of Creon go against the laws set by the gods themselves. Aghast and enraged at her rebellion, Creon sentences Antigone and her sister to death. Creon’s son, Haemon, advises his father against his plans to execute the sisters. They argue and Haemon accuses Creon of arrogance and Creon accuses him of unmanliness. Haemon leaves and swears to never return. Without admitting fault, Creon redacts his order and instead frees Ismene while sending Antigone to an underground tomb to starve to death. Tiresias, a blind prophet, warns Creon that the gods will punish him for his impiety with the death of Haemon. After angrily
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