The Modern Greek Tragedy Antigone

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Outspoken people are significant in bringing forth changes and ideas contributing to making a more fair and just society. The word outspoken as defined by the dictionary is: “to be frank in stating one’s opinions, especially if they are critical or controversial” (Google Search). Observing history, it can be noted that a large portion of the most influential people were the most outspoken; it can be noted that these figures were courageous and bold. Historical figures from all different fields held a sense of outspokenness in presenting themselves because their ideas defied prevalent ideas and societal norms of their time. People who took a stand in their time became some of the most influential and most prominent historical figures that craft our world today. Socrates demonstrates the significance of outspokenness through the characters in his classical Greek tragedy Antigone. Parallel to Antigone, historical figures in our own world exhibit courage through outspokenness. Characters from Socrates’ Antigone supports the claim that bold people can bring forth change in a society. Three characters fit the description well: Antigone, Haemon, and Tiresias. She proved courage through her refusal to abide by Creon’s cruel law against burying her own brother Polyneices. Even if Polyneices could be viewed as a traitor, the gods’ laws state that burial should be one of man’s most sacred duties (“Death and Burial”). Though Haemon revealed the disbelief in Creon’s law, nobody spoke
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