Sophocles ' Antigone By Sophocles

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Antigone

• Title: Antigone by Sophocles
• Genre: Play; Tragic drama
• Historical context: Written circa, 442 B.C.E. in Athens Greece. Performed circa, 441 B.C.A. Its literary period was classical. While Antigone was the first written of Sophocles’ three Theban plays, it was the last of the trilogy. It was performed during a time of national unrest. Sophocles was appointed to serve as a general in a military crusade against Samos. The significance of the historical events during that time period and the play were the state’s appropriate or inappropriate use of its power, one’s duty to obey the laws set by their government without question, natural law versus man made law, and civil disobedience or a justifiable rebellion by Antigone, a fierce female heroine.
• Protagonist: Theban Princess Antigone, daughter of Jocasta and Oedipus, the King of Thebes best fits the description as the protagonist for defying Creon, her uncle who now rules in Oedipus’s stead and forbids the burial of her brother Polynices. The play centers not only on Antigone’s willingness to accept the consequences of her actions, but also on the assertiveness she demonstrates in doing the right thing: fulfilling her obligations to ensure her brother’s safe passage into the realms of the underworld, obeying eternal laws she believes are governed by the gods and disobeying her uncle’s man-made law. She is a fierce female heroine who embodies the qualities of male contour part. It is Antigone’s civil…

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