Irony in Antigone

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Irony in Antigone When one begins to read Antigone, they may find it very easy to recognize the use of irony throughout the work. The author, Sophocles, was known to work his plots into lines in which tragic irony would occur over and over. He would then bring lines that had been spoken previously in a play in later to form a climax of the drama (Johns). Sophocles used "tragic irony" often in Antigone, along with other plays that he has written. “‘Tragic irony’ whereby a character's words carry a deeper and more sinister meaning for the audience than the character speaking them intends to impart (Dawe).” Not only does he use tragic irony, but he also uses verbal irony and even some situational irony all throughout Antigone. Creon is a character known throughout the play to display a large number of verbal irony. Irony begins working its way into the play at the very beginning of the play, during the prologue. During the prologue of the play Antigone is with her sister, Ismene. While with her, she begins to beg Ismene to help her go against the new law set by Creon, find her brother Polyneices’ body and bury him properly. Antigone believes that Polyneices deserves a proper burial just as their brother Eteocles received after his death. Antigone shows verbal irony while trying to persuade her sister to help her by calling Creon “good Creon” when she says, “that is what they say, and our good Creon is coming here/To announce it publicly; and the penalty–/Stoning to death in
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