The Status of Women in Antigone by Sophocles and A Doll's House by Ibsen

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Society is burdened with inherent flaws. From the times of antiquity to the modern age, social imbalances and power struggles have perpetually existed. One such inherent flaw is the differences in social expectations that exist between men and women. Even during the drafting of the constitution, a document designed exclusively for the protection of democracy and the assertion of equality is the premise of acknowledging man and woman as social equals ignored. Even today, women still face the challenges of their predecessors who had been mired in the “cult of domesticity” for countless centuries, adhering to the traditional values that their ancestors had feigned upon them. Republican politician, Faith Whittlesey argues that even in today’s relaxed social atmosphere, “In order for a woman to be considered equal to a man, she has to do even more than a man.” This rough assessment of women’s current social status although true for most cases, is not entirely concise. The Greek tragedy Antigone offers flawless support for Whittlesey’s assertion. When Creon discovers that Antigone has defied him by brazenly ignoring his orders, he ponders, “Breaking the given laws and boasting of it. Who is the man here? She or I, if this crime goes unpunished?”(Sophocles, 95) Due to Antigone’s perseverance and adamant will, she is able to overcome the overwhelming adversity she faced defying Creon, the king of Thebes, in order to accomplish her moral duty of burying her brother Polyneices in

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