Medea And Antigone Analysis

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Antigone by Sophocles and Medea by Euripides are two plays whose main characters are their namesakes. Antigone is a play based on Antigone’s response to the death of her brothers and Medea is a play based on Medea’s response to her husband Jason leaving her to marry the daughter of a king. Both Antigone and Medea are women fighting against oppression by directly disobeying the law. However, they use different tactics in their battles, and they have different reasons for fighting. In the end, both make their point by bringing down the royal households. These women effectively fight oppression in their own ways. To begin, both Antigone and Medea were fighting oppression by breaking the law. In Antigone, the first evidence of oppression was directly on her late brother, Polyneices. After he died fighting his own brother.over the rule of Thebes, Creon, the man now ruling, decreed that Polyneices was not to have a proper burial. “But as for Polyneices, Creon has ordered that none shall bury him or mourn for him; He must be left to lie unwept, unburied, For hungry birds of prey to swoop and feast On his poor body” (Sophocles 26-30) Though this order was made, Antigone disregarded it and buried her brother. The main point for her doing this was to stand up for her religious beliefs, which she was then oppressed for. While she was being confronted by Creon about her actions, she said, “Nor could I think that a decree of yours—/A man—could override the laws of Heaven” (453-454). Antigone believed that it was the law of the gods for a person to have a proper burial so, she disobeyed Creon’s law in order to obey the gods, who she deemed as more important due to their eternal state (457). In Medea, all of the oppression lies directly on Medea and her children. First, she must fight the oppression of Jason abandoning her and her children. Then, on top of that she has Creon, the king who is also Jason’s new father-in-law, come to her and say, “Medea, I hereby announce that you must leave this land, an exile, taking with you Your two children. You must not delay” (Euripides 278-280). Creon continues by telling Medea that he has heard of plans she has made to harm him, his daughter, and Jason and is exiling her
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