Critical Analysis Of SogolesAntigone By Sophocles

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Antigone Analysis
Though written over a thousand years ago by Sophocles, “Antigone” continues to resonate with people of all generations due to the internal conflict or choices between what is morally right and what is lawful. The characters are identifiable and the audience relates to the pressures and challenges they encounter. The audience becomes immersed and they, along with the characters of this play are tasked with the critical dilemma of deciding which is more important, the laws established by the government or the ethics or virtues of man. Much like in life, there is no simple answer. Every decision has a consequence and the characters must answer for their actions. The events of “Antigone” follow the Theban civil war, in which the two brothers, Eteocles and Polynices, die fighting each other for the throne of Thebes after Eteocles had refused to give up the crown to his brother as their father Oedipus had prescribed. Creon, the new ruler of Thebes, has declared that Eteocles is to be honored and Polynices is to be disgraced by leaving his body unburied on the battlefield (a harsh and shameful punishment at the time). As the play begins, Antigone vows to bury her brother Polynices' body in defiance of Creon's edict, although her sister Ismene refuses to help her, fearing the death penalty. Creon, with the support of the Chorus of elders, repeats his edict regarding the disposal of Polynices' body, but a fearful sentry enters to report that Antigone has in

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