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  • Essay about The Poor Decision of Antigone to Bury Polynices

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    It takes a lot of courage to stand up and defend an action or idea that is forbidden by society. This is what Antigone does in Sophocles' story Antigone. She clearly disobeys King Creon's order that no person should bury Antigone's brother, Polynices, which is punishable by penalty of death. In this case, is Antigone's decision the correct one? Her actions affect many of her other countrymen negatively because they cause problems within the royal family, disagreement among the people and directly

  • Antigone Summary

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    Thebes was invaded by Oedipus’ son, Polynices, and his followers. As Oedipus predicted in the previous play, Polynices and his brother, Eteocles, killed each other during battle. Creon, the king of Thebes, ruled that Eteocles should have a proper burial with honors and Polynices, the invader, be left unburied to rot. Antigone was dejected with Creon’s ruling and decided to bury Polynices herself. She tried to enlist Ismene to help her, but Ismene was to afraid. Antigone furiously continued

  • Conformity and Rebellion in Antigone Essay

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    Would you rather not have conflicts in your life? Antigone is a play, based upon conflicts between the characters. Antigone is the sister of Polynices, who is dead. Polynices is considered a traitor to Creon and he doesn’t bury those who are against him. As conflicts occur, Antigone, Creon, and the Chorus argue on whether to have Polynices buried or not. Conflicts are a necessary part of life because of the changes that we run in to. It is appropriate to rebel and create conflict when we believe

  • The Conflict Between Nature Versus Human Institution

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    between two brothers in a royal family in Thebes, Eteocles and Polynices, Eteocles being the older brother. Antigone and Ismene are the sisters of Eteocles and Polynices and are the bigger characters of the play with Antigone being the tragic heroine. Eteocles and Polynices decide to switch off yearly on the throne after their father, Oedipus, dies starting with Eteocles, but when Eteocles refused to give up the throne for Polynices, Polynices leaves Thebes and goes to Polis. In Polis, he marries into

  • Sophocles ' Antigone : The Third Of The Three Theban Tragic Plays

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    is the third of the three Theban tragic plays and was written around 440 B.C. and is still well known today. Sophocles 's play Antigone tells a tragic story about family honor and a sister’s love for her brothers. After Antigone’s two brothers, Polynices and Eteocles died in battle, Creon became the new leader of Thebes. Creon orders that Eteocles have a proper burial while Polynices’s body remain unburied, simply left to rot. Antigone refuses to let her brother’s body be disrespected and decides

  • Theme Of Love And War In Antigone

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    his own nephews to die so he would be able to assume the throne and take power? This would be viewed as morally incorrect by most and convinces the readers more than he puts law over family. The reader also observe this when he forbids a burial of Polynices, Creon states “Polyneices I say, is to have no burial: no man is to touch him or to say the least prayer for him; He shall lie on the plain, unburied; and the birds and the scavenging dogs can do

  • The Interplay Between Human Laws And Divine Law In SophoclesAntigone

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    sister Ismene over the death of her brothers Polynices and Eteocles, who die over a bloody conflict over Oedipus’ succession. In her agony, Antigone describes the bloody civil war as the “final penalty to Zeus for Oedipus” (3). Zeus, according to Antigone, is the master behind Oedipus’s downfall and the plague against her family. Since Eteocles was the ruler of the city, and Polynices rebelled, Creon, the new king, decrees that no one shall bury Polynices. Creon justifies his decisions based on the

  • Analysis Of The Play ' Antigone '

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    decisions of the characters and helps lead the story into the climax. The beginning of the play begins with Antigone and her sister, Ismene. Antigone presents her plan of burying their brother, Polynices, whose body had been denied a proper burial by their uncle, King Creon, since in his eyes Polynices had been seen as an enemy to the city. Antigone wanted Ismene to accompany her, but Ismene immediately refused in fear of the consequences. Ismene states “We are women and we do not fight with men/

  • Analysis Of Sophocles ' Antigone And David Hares

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    women were threated and viewed as lesser individuals. In the end, Creon’s decisions as the ruler backfire as Antigone, Hæmon, and his wife, Eurydice, wind up being dead due to his actions. If Creon had never placed the proclamation of not burying Polynices, then many deaths could have been saved. The personal identity in Antigone

  • The Immense Character Development in Antigone by Sophocles Essay examples

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    insular persistence that leads to her ultimate decline in the play as well as others around her. After the death of her two brothers, Eteocles and Polynices, Creon becomes the new ruler of Thebes. With this, he grants Eteocles an honorable funeral service for his brave fighting. Claiming that Polynices was a traitor, he shows complete refusal to grant Polynices a respectable and worthy service. Clearly