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The Defiance of Women in Antigone and Whale Rider

- A young girl named Paikea once said, “In the old days, the land felt a great emptiness. It was waiting. Waiting to be filled. Waiting for someone to love it. Waiting for a leader” (Whale Rider). As seen in the eyes of Paikea, from the movie Whale Rider, a leader is a guide, someone who guides his or her people in the right directions, someone who does all he or she can do to improve his or her land. In the eyes of Antigone, from the play Antigone, princess of Thebes, the rules of the leader only seem right when she feels they don’t contradict with the rules of the gods....   [tags: The Whale Rider, Antigone]

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Significance of the Women in Sophocles' Antigone

- Significance of the Women in Antigone                 Michael J. O’Brien in the Introduction to Twentieth Century Interpretations of Oedipus Rex, maintains that there is “a good deal of evidence to support this view” that the fifth century playwright was the “educator of his people” and a “teacher” (4). Sophocles in his tragedy Antigone teaches about “morally desirable attitudes and behavior,” (4) and uses a woman as heroine and another woman in a supporting role to do most of the instructing of the audience in this regard....   [tags: Antigone essays]

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womenant Portrayal of Women in Sophocles' Antigone

- Portrayal of Women in Antigone              Although ancient Greece was a male-dominate society, Sophocles' work Antigone, portrays women as being strong and capable of making wise decisions. In this famous tragedy, Sophocles uses the characters Ismene and Antigone to show the different characteristics and roles that woman are typical of interpreting. Traditionally women are characterized as weak and subordinate and Ismene is portrayed in this way. Through the character of Antigone, women finally get to present realistic viewpoints about their character....   [tags: Antigone essays]

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Ipheigeneia and Antigone are Women Of Honor

- Women of Honor In the world, there exist people who have beliefs strong enough that they are willing do die for them. Their convictions may be for their country, their family, or their religion. Some people chose to die for their beliefs while others are just objects of fate and die because of their beliefs while in the hands of others. For example, American soldiers don't often chose to die. They die because they are standing up for what they believe in and are killed because they are protecting what they believe in....   [tags: Greek Literature]

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The Role of Women in Antigone

- One of the conflicts in Antigone, is the struggle between men and women. Ismene tells Antigone that since birth, women “were not born to contend with men,” (75) displaying women’s obedience and passivity. In the same passage, Ismene says: “we’re underlings, ruled by stronger hands,” (76) a representation of men’s aggressive and “stronger hands” that dominate women and treats them as second-class citizens. The only woman in Thebes who desires to break free from these chains is Antigone, who stands up against Ismene’s passivity urging her to “submit to this,” (77) and defy Creon by burying Polynices....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Sophocles]

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Antigone and the Characterization of Women

- Throughout history, women have always stood in the shadows of men. In many cultures, the role of a woman was to be seen and not heard. One of the first "heard" females was as I believe Antigone, of Sophocles’. Antigone, was the descendant of Oedipus. When her brothers Eteocles and Polynices killed one another, Creon, king of Thebes, forbade the rebel Polynices’ burial. However, Antigone disobeyed him, performed the burial, and was condemned to death for what she had done. Thru her actions she displayed vast uniqueness of a great female leader....   [tags: Cellular Respiration, ]

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Roles of Women in Antigone

- Roles of Women in the Greek Tragedy Antigone Despite the male dominant society of Ancient Greece, the women in Sophocles’ play Antigone all express capabilities of powerful influence and each individually possess unique characteristics, showing both similarities and contrasts. The women in the play are a pivotal aspect that keeps the plot moving and ultimately leads to the catharsis of this tragedy. Beginning from the argument between Antigone and Ismene to Eurydice’s suicide, a male takes his own life and another loses everything he had all as a result of the acts these women part take in....   [tags: Greek tragedy analysis]

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Women´s Role in Society in Antigone, Aeneid, and The Art of Courtly Love

- In the play Antigone written by Sophacles, Antigone did not really have a role to play in society. She explored a contrast between the behaviour expected by women and the way she really acted in society. Women were considered as slaves being servants in homes, weaving all the time. During those days women did not have any rights and only had to obey the King’s orders. Even though that was the norm, Antigone still went against the laws of King Creon. Her two brothers, Eteocles and Polynices died fighting each other, because Eteocles refused to step down from the throne as his time to rule was over....   [tags: Andreas Capellanus, Antigone, Sophacles]

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Women Behaving Like Men in Antigone, Electra, and Medea

- Women Behaving Like Men in Antigone, Electra, and Medea Throughout Antigone, Electra, and Medea, many double standards between men and women surface. These become obvious when one selects a hero from these plays, for upon choosing, then one must rationalize his or her choice. The question then arises as to what characteristics make up the hero. How does the character win fame. What exactly is excellent about that character. These questions must be answered in order to choose a hero in these Greek tragedies....   [tags: Antigone Electra Medea]

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The Portrayal of Women in Antigone by Sophocles

- In Sophocles, Antigone portrays herself as strong and capable of making decisions for herself. Although her decisons are not always wise she does what she believes is the right thing to do, defining the law. Sophocles uses Isemene and Antigone to show the two different characteristics woman typically interpret. Woman in ancient Greece seemed to always follow the rules of men which is how Ismene is portrayed. Ismene is the weak and subordinate one. On the other hand as I mentioned Antigone is more strong and was not afraid to face consequences for disobeying mens laws....   [tags: consequences, morals, roles]

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Women's Roles in Antigone, a Tragedy by Sophocles

- Antigone, a tragedy written by Sophocles portrays female roles in society in distinctive matters from a king’s perspective to the overall play. In ancient Greece woman were viewed as submissive , whereas men were dominant and woman were looked upon as inept given fewer rights almost the same ones as a slave. When Creon speaks to his son exemplifying “it would be bad enough to yield to a man, but he would never yield to a woman” he is not only justifying a woman’s place in society as irrational illustrating them as incompetent , but the play gives another view of women by alluding to polar opposite characteristics viewed in Antigone and Ismene....   [tags: slave, society, perseverance]

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Powerful Women in Antigone and A Doll’s House

- The music group, Aqua, once sang in their song, “Barbie Girl,” “I’m a Barbie girl, in a Barbie world. Life in plastic, it’s fantastic.” Aqua’s lyrics symbolize the role women had to play in the 18th century. Women were expected to perform like perfect human beings, and put a smile on their faces regardless of the situation. They were expected to follow the rules at all times and submit to men in an instance. Antigone, written by Sophocles, and A Doll’s House, written by Henrik Ibsen, demonstrate the interaction and roles with men and women during the 18th century....   [tags: compare contrast comparison]

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Restrictions Placed Upon Women in Antigone and A Doll's House

- Discrimination against women is still a very real problem around the modern world. A Doll’s House written by Isben, involves a woman by the name of Nora and her family. The play takes place in southern Italy in the 1800s. Antigone is a play written by Sophocles, which takes place within a day in ancient Thebes, Greece. It tells the story of a girl named Antigone and the troubles she faces in an attempt to honor her deceased brother. A Doll’s House and Antigone portray women’s boundaries and what happens to those who dare to step outside of them, even if it is to save one whom they love....   [tags: compare contrast comparison]

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Unfair Treatment of Women in Antigone and A Doll’s House

- From the times of Ancient Greece, women have been questioning their unequal role in society. According to an unknown source “Women have been taught that, for us, the earth is flat, and that if we venture out, we will fall off the edge.” Unfortunately, this unfair treatment of women still exists today. In the business world, men continue to make 20% more money on average than a woman in the exact same position. But this unfair treatment goes beyond just the workforce as displayed in the plays Antigone by Sophocles and A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen....   [tags: compare contrast comparison]

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Limits Placed Upon Women in Antigone and A Doll's House

- Stephen Schwartz’s song, Defying Gravity, contains a very bold statement. “I’m through with playing by the rules of someone else’s game and accepting limits because someone says they’re right.” This is something that many women have the audacity to think but never to speak aloud. However, there are two women who, even though they’re only in the play, did have the courage to say. In the plays Antigone, by Sophocles, and A Doll’s House, by Henrik Ibsen, these two brave young women, though very distant in time periods, discover they do not like the limitations society places on women....   [tags: compare contrast comparison]

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Women's Roles in Antigone and A Doll's House

- In the plays Antigone and A Doll's House, the playwrights discuss gender roles and how they relate to the characters in each individual play. Antigone, by Sophocles, follows a young girl who defies a law issued by King Creon against burying her brother, who fought against their town in the recent war. Creon orders her to be executed, but she ends up committing suicide. In A Doll's House, by Henrik Ibsen, a wife named Nora takes out a loan by herself, unacceptable for a woman during that time period, and tries to appease the lender who threatens to reveal her loan....   [tags: compare contrast comparison]

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Antigone and a Doll’s House: Women in Patriarchal Societies

- ”Women have been taught that, for us, the earth is flat, and that if we venture out, we will fall of the edge”(Kramarae, Treichler). This notion is exemplified through both novels, Antigone by Sophocles, and A Doll’s House by Leo Tolstoy. Both novels provide a different look at women, with the two main characters showing qualities that weren’t common in this era such as determination, intelligence, rebellion, hubris, and stubbornness. In both novels, Antigone and Nora show extraordinary determination and courage despite society’s attempts to suppress them....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Sophocles]

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Limitations on Women in A Doll’s House and Antigone

- A recent study reported that 6.7% of the top earners of Fortune 500 Companies are women. This number can seem low and discouraging to modern eyes. However, this statistic would probably seem an unimaginable leap forward through the eyes of female characters in historical fiction. Henrik Ibsen, the author of A Doll’s House, offers a glimpse into the restrictions on women in the 1880’s, when the book was written. These include limited opportunities for expression, personal fulfillment, and free will in a male-dominated society....   [tags: compare contrast comparison]

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The Roles of Women in A Doll’s House and Antigone

- “R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Find out what it means to me,” (Respect, Aretha Franklin), shows how women want respect even though they are thought as inferior in society. In both plays, Antigone by Sophocles and A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen, the women are put into unusual situations. Antigone is a strong-willed, young woman who has to choose between man’s laws and God’s laws when it comes to burying her deceased brother, Polynices. She, of course, chooses to bury her brother going against Creon, and is therefore sentenced to death....   [tags: compare contrast comparison]

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Sophocles Inequality of Gender Roles

- During the time that Sophocles wrote The Oedipus Cycle, women are portrayed negatively as weak and mindless; Sophocles develops this through his use of characters, actions and thoughts. We can observe these negative attitudes about women in characters such as Iocaste, Creon and Ismene. These characters’ beliefs about gender roles affects their every action and reaction throughout the story. The Oedipus Cycle by Sophocles could be read as a critique of women’s roles. As we consider these roles, we can look at Antigone who goes against the established expectations of the woman’s role of the time and stands up to Creon when she thinks he is being wrongful....   [tags: women's role, antigone, oedipus cycle]

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The Conflict Between Antigone And Creon, King Of Thebes, And The Struggle Between Men And Women

- Male-dominated societies have existed for ages especially during the time of Ancient Greece. Sophocles’ work Antigone illustrates women in a more capable and strong manner with the ability of making wise, and often more moral, decisions. Antigone is the main character who breaks the stereotypes of weak and subordinate positions in society. Antigone is willing to sacrifice her own life rebelling against the patriarchal society in which she is captive to provide a proper burial for her brother. The clash between Antigone and Creon, King of Thebes, symbolizes the struggle between men and women....   [tags: Gender role, Gender, Oedipus, Sophocles]

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The Strength and Courage of Women Exposed in A Doll’s House and Antigone

- Have you ever wondered what women were like before the liberation movement of the 1970s. In the plays Antigone, by Sophocles, and A Doll’s House, by Henrik Ibsen, women are represented as weak, underlings to men. However, both protagonists in the play, Antigone and Nora, show their strength and courage when they go against society. Antigone shows how strong she is when she goes against the King’s decree and buries her brother who is a traitor. Nora, to save her husband’s life, takes out a loan which wasn’t allowed for a woman to do in the 1800s....   [tags: compare contrast comparison]

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Antigone: A Woman Who Believes In The Power Of Women

- A Woman Who Believes In The Power of Women Scene I: The Trial Introduction At the law firm of Theban Associates, one of the lead partners is Antigone, she is a hard worker whose intentions usually consist of reaching a compromise between the government and her client. As a defense attorney, her line of work is quite demanding and difficult since she is a female working in a male dominated world. While being placed in this position, Antigone is able to appreciate how difficult things are for a woman in society, even in today's world....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Antigone, by Sophocles

- In the play Antigone, by Sophocles, it is greatly apparent just within the first few exchanges between Ismene and Antigone that there are various social issues surrounding the women in ancient Greece. The play raises many gender and socially related issues especially when looking at the contextual background of the playwright and the representation of the women within the play. When the characters of the first scene begin their analog, it is important to note what they are actually saying about each other and what their knowledge of their own social status is....   [tags: women in acient greece, social issues]

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The Oedipus Complex, Antigone and Electra

- Introduction It is a well-known fact that theatre as well as society in Ancient Greece was extremely male-dominated. The female population wasn’t assumably even allowed to attend theatre performances let alone perform on stage. However, still some of the strongest and most unforgettable characters in Greek tragedy were female, perhaps the most feisty and passionate of all being Sophocles’ Antigone. Antigone, one of the best known Greek Tragedies, is filled with strong-willed women. The play is built around the conflict between King Creon and Antigone, who breaks the law by burying her brother Polynices....   [tags: women, ancient greece, gender]

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Antigone, By Sophocles And Antigone

- ... Ismene believes that “[she] was born too feeble to contend / against the state,” (Sophocles 4) because of this she cannot go against Creon’s decree and bury Polynices. When Ismene objects to burying Polynices she does so not completely out of cowardice but instead because she believes the rule of man to be equivalent to divine rule. She is not failing to complete her duties as a woman but instead recognizing that her role in divine law, in her mind, is less important to man’s law on Earth. The sisters act as foils of each yet again when they discuss death....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus, Antigone]

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Antigone: A Tragic Heroine's Characteristics

- In Antigone, The likelihood off it being two Tragic hero characters is unlikely in Greek tragedy, and there is only one in the play Antigone. The king Creon has several of the qualities that constitute a tragic character, but does not have all of the necessary necessities. Antigone, although she is a woman, contains all of the aspects that are required for her to be the main character and a feminine heroine which is seldom seen however there are certain traits, in which are required of a tragic character found in her role....   [tags: Antigone, characters, ]

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Antigone and A Doll’s House feminine comparison

- “The emotional, sexual, and psychological stereotyping of females begins when the doctor says, ‘It's a girl.’” (Chisholm). Where do women fit in the social order of society today. Many women today fit in the same role as they would have been expected to long ago. Though generally speaking, women have a lot more options today. The male hierarchy still governs most aspects of society, but with many more limitations because women are discovering that they can stand on their own, and have no need for constant regulating from their male counterparts....   [tags: Gender Roles, Women]

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The Tragic Hero Of Antigone By Sophocles

- Wiz Khalifa once said, “Never make permanent decisions on temporary feelings.” Some students may believe that Antigone was the tragic hero in the story, but the real tragic hero is actually Creon for many reasons. Some describe a tragic hero by whether they are heroic or born into nobility, but in the story he is portrayed as the antagonist. In the novel, “Antigone” written by Sophocles, Creon becomes the tragic hero by forbidding the burial of Polyneices, imprisoning Antigone for his own good and believing that he is the only one that can control the law....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Creon, Antigone]

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Analysis Of Sophocles ' Antigone '

- ... Anouilh expresses himself on the disturbing nature of this suspense because the drama is a real suspense. Antigone’s death is foreshadow in her first words. The first display involves Antigone and her scrupulous nurse. Their heartbreaking relationship is one of the corniest in the play by committing her puff and dog to the Nurse’s care. Thoroughly located in her care taking service, the Nurse did not perceive Antigone’s incoherent. Rather, she frankly asks if Antigone has taken a companion....   [tags: Sophocles, Oedipus, Antigone, Oedipus at Colonus]

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Analysis Of ' Antigone ' By Sophocles

- ... From the moment of her birth, Ismene was cursed, being the daughter of an incestuous union. She watched as her entire house fell to ruin, each member of her family committing a sin more heinous than the last. Consider, sister, how our father died, hated and infamous; how he brought to light his own offenses; how he struck out the sight of his own eyes; his own hand was their executioner. Then, mother in wife, two names in one, did shame violently on her own life, with twisted cords. Third, our two brothers, on a single day, poor wretches, themselves worked out their mutual doom (49-58)....   [tags: Sophocles, Oedipus, Oedipus at Colonus, Antigone]

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SOPHOCLES’S ANTIGONE: A FEMINIST REPRESENTATION

- A woman who rebelled against a distinctively patriarchal, male-dominated Greek society. A woman who defied the orders of the King to follow her heart. A woman who acted in accordance with her sense of right and wrong. A woman with great reverence for relationships and an even greater allegiance towards family values. Such a woman deserves applause. A rebel. A legend. An example. A woman. Antigone. Sophocles’ Antigone has as its backdrop a very rigid and conservative Greek society and Greek culture when it was certainly against the norm of a typical ancient Greek woman to rebel against a male authority....   [tags: Antigone, Sophocles, feminism]

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Feminism in Sophocles' Antigone and Shakespeare's Othello

- Feminism in Antigone and Othello          Feminism has been one of the most important forces in shaping our modern-day society. Thanks to the women's rights movement, females today enjoy rights and freedoms that are unprecedented in the history of Western civilization. However, it was not always this way. Whereas modern literature that contains feminist messages barely gets a second thought, readers in our time are intrigued and impressed by feminist works coming from a decidedly male-biased past....   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism]

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The Source of Conflict between Antigone and Creon in Sophocles' Antigone

- The Source of Conflict between Antigone and Creon in Sophocles’ “Antigone” In the following paper, I plan to discuss the source of conflict between the title characters of Antigone and Creon in Sophocles’ “Antigone”. I also plan to discuss how each character justifies his or her actions and what arguments they give for their justifications. I will also write about the strengths and weaknesses of these arguments. The final points I try to make are about who Sophocles thinks is right and who I think is right....   [tags: Sophocles Antigone]

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charant Sophocles' Antigone Essays: The Character of Antigone

- Antigone    In the story of Antigone, two very headstrong people's beliefs are matched up against each other. Creon, the king, made it law that no traitor to the Kingdom shall have a proper burial, instead they will be left laying on the ground to rot and to be eaten by the animals. This was the case of Antigone's brother, Polyneices. Antigone's love for her brother was so great that she went against the law, even though she knew Creon's punishment for breaking the law was public stoning, which ultimately resulted in death....   [tags: Antigone essays]

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Ismene And Haimon of Sophocles' Antigone

- Antigone Ismene And Haimon Antigone, the character, is a tragic hero because we care about her. Ismene and Haimon help us care about Antigone by making her feel worthy of loving. And with out this her plan to bury her brother seems irrelevant to the reader because we can care less about her. Ismene, although weak and timid, is in the story to illustrate that Antigone is capable of being loved. "We are only women, We cannot fight with men, Antigone" (Sophocles 881). Another reason Ismene is incorporated to Antigone is to show exactly strong-willed Antigone is....   [tags: Antigone essays]

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Men’s Egos Exposed in A Doll's House and Antigone

- “I would not be a queen for all the world.” (Henry VIII) King Henry sums up in one short sentence the attitude that men have had towards women for ages. For centuries, men have been treating women like second-class citizens. They have always thought of themselves as superior. In the plays Antigone and A Doll’s House there are obvious examples of the conflicts between men and women. In the play Antigone, the character Antigone broke the law to do what she thought was right. Creon, her uncle and the king, was frustrated that she did not listen to him because women in that time period always did what they were told....   [tags: A Doll's House, Antigone]

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Importance of Gender in Sophocles' Antigone

- Antigone - Importance of gender in the opening scene In looking at the first few exchanges between Ismene and Antigone by Sophocles, it is greatly apparent that there are plenty of social issues surrounding women from ancient Greece. In looking at the contextual background of the playwright, the representation of the women within the play and at the imagined response of a contemporary and ancient audience; we can see that this play raises many gender and socially related issues. Looking briefly at the contextual element to the play in terms of the playwright, it is worth considering that Sophocles himself was a political writer....   [tags: Antigone essays]

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Antigone – The First Feminist

- Antigone – The First Feminist How old is feminism, and who was the first feminist. Although no one can say for sure the exact date on which the feminist movement started, most of it is attributed to the past two centuries. However, women who are feminists have been around much longer. In Sophocles’s Antigone, the main character (Antigone) acts as a protofeminist by defying the authority of a patriarchal society and taking action according to what she believes is right in her heart. She even shows some characteristics of a modern feminist....   [tags: Antigone Essays]

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Sophocles' Antigone - Creon's Mistakes

- Creon's Mistakes in Antigone In the awe-inspiring play of Antigone, Sophocles introduces two remarkable characters, Antigone and Creon. A conflict between these two obstinate characters leads to fatal consequences for themselves and their kindred. The firm stances of Creon and Antigone stem from two great imperatives: his loyalty to the state and her dedication to her family, her religion but most of all her conscience. The identity of the tragic hero of this play is still heavily debated....   [tags: Antigone essays]

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The Play Antigone, by Sophocles

- If you were told not to do something, even if you knew it was the right thing to do, would you go ahead and do it anyway. The Play Antigone was written by the Greek author and playwright, Sophocles. The Story of Antigone takes place in Ancient Greece, about a young woman who has lost her both of her brothers, and is told by her King to not give her brother, Polyneices a proper burial. It is important to follow the laws of government, but sometimes, when you know that something is morally right, just like Antigone did, one must be able to make that decision, even if it goes against the law....   [tags: Antigone Essays]

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Essay on Sophocles' Antigone

- Heroes come in many forms. Some immense in size and strength as Hercules, some in the form of people that are shunned, such as Harriet Tubman, and some that are only valorous heroes to some, such as Kurt Cobain. These heroes have many characteristics that make people flock to their side and follow them without a moment of hesitation. In Sophocles' Antigone the hero is a women who believes in her heart far stronger than that of her leader's rule. Sophecles shows many of Antigone’s characteristics that are also seen in many heroes....   [tags: Antigone essays]

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Antigone: A Tragic Hero

- Antigone: A Tragic Hero Heroes come in many forms. Some such as immense in size and strength as Hercules, some in the form of people that are shunned upon, such as Harriet Tubman, and some that are only valorous heroes to some, such as Kurt Cobain. These heroes have many characteristics that make people flock to their side and follow them without a thought of hesitation. In Sophocles' Antigone the hero is a women that believes in her heart far stronger than that of her leader's rule. This brings up many characteristics that are shown within her that are also seen in other heroes....   [tags: Sophocles Antigone ]

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Essay on Sophocles' Antigone

- In ancient Greece, men who died in war fulfilled the civic ideal to the utmost. The women, destined to live out a degrading life, died in bed. Certainly, not all men died in battle, but every epitaph shows in one way or another, the city would always remember the men who died in war. Additionally, not all Athenian women died in bed; nonetheless, it was left to her family to preserve the memory of her not the city. No matter how perfect a woman was she would never receive the same status or level of social expectations from the city that a man received....   [tags: Antigone essays]

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Sophocles’ Oedipus Cycle – Antigone, as a Feminist

- Sophocles’ Oedipus Cycle – Antigone, as a Feminist Throughout history, women have always stood in the shadows of men. In many cultures, the role of women has always been to be seen and not heard. As one of the first feminists in world literature, the character Antigone, of Sophocles’ Oedipus Cycle, displays fine characteristics of a great female leader in order to stand up against male dominance for her religious, political, and personal beliefs. When the king denies her brother, Polynices, proper burial, Antigone goes against state law by burying him herself in order to protect heavenly decree and maintain justice....   [tags: Antigone Essays]

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Creon is the Tragic Hero in Sophocles' Antigone

- Creon is the Tragic Hero of Antigone When the title of a play is a character's name, it is normally assumed that the character is the protagonist of the play. In Sophocles' Antigone, most people probably believe Antigone to be the tragic heroine, even after they have finished watching the play. It may be argued, however, that Creon, not Antigone, is the tragic character. When we examine the nature and concept of the Greek Tragedy and what it means to be a tragic character, it becomes clear that Creon is indeed the tragic hero of the play Antigone....   [tags: Antigone essays]

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Creon as Tragic Hero of Sophocles' Antigone

- Creon as Tragic Hero of Sophocles' Antigone There has always been a bit of confusion as to the tragic hero of the Greek Drama Antigone. Many assume that simply because the play is named for Antigone, that she is the tragic hero. However, evidence supports that Creon, and not Antigone, is the tragic hero of the play. Examining the factors that create a Greek Tragedy, and a tragic character, it is clear that the tragic hero is in fact Creon. First, take into account the timeframe in which Antigone was written....   [tags: Antigone essays]

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Antigone by Sophocles

- "I would not count any enemy of my country as a friend." In the play Antigone, written by Sophocles, Antigone finds herself torn apart between divine law and state law. The play opens up at the end of a war between Eteocles and Polyneices, sons of Oedipus and brothers of Antigone and Ismene. These brothers, fighting for control of Thebes, kill each other, making Creon king of Thebes. Creon, as king, gives an important speech to the citizens of Thebes, announcing that Eteocles, who defended Thebes, will receive a proper burial, unlike his brother Polyneices, who brought a foreign army against Thebes....   [tags: Antigone Sophocles Greek Play]

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Analysis Of Sophocles ' Antigone And The Arabian Masterpiece The Thousand And One Nights

- ... Throughout their grueling hardships, Antigone and Shahrazad remained loyal to the objective they were trying to complete and their loyalties is what motivated them to overcome the obstacles they faced. Antigone’s loyalty to the Gods and her family is what made her risk and ultimately give up her life. She could not sit still and let Creon disrespect the sacred rite of burial that ensured passage of a person’s soul to the afterlife in Greek culture. Especially, if that person was her beloved brother Polyneices, who was killed in a war against her other brother Eteocles, who was given an honorable burial....   [tags: Oedipus, Antigone, Literature, Sophocles]

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Emasculation of Men Leads to Deaths of Women

- Women, like men, are accountable for all of their deeds. However, in Greek literature, in which male-dominated societies are common, women who take personal responsibility for their actions often face unfair consequences. For example, in Aeschylus's The Oresteia and Sophocles' Antigone, Clytaemnestra and Antigone both took justice into their own hands to honor their respective families. As a result, they died at the hands of men who had difficulty accepting their justifications. The reason for this is because the men felt emasculated by these two women's actions....   [tags: antigone, oresteia, agamemnon]

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A Feminist Reading of Sophocles' Antigone

-       While researchers disagree over when the feminist movement began, most agree that it was sometime in the past two centuries. The feminist movement has generally, and often successfully, sought equality between sexes. For example, the womens' movement has won women the right to vote, moved women "out of the kitchen," and, in many ways, made women socioeconomically competitive with men. Nonetheless, all such gains, and the womens' (or feminist) movement itself are largely products of the last 200 years....   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism]

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Challenges to Male Authority in Sophocles’ play, Antigone

- Challenges to Male Authority in Sophocles’ play, Antigone In the play Antigone by Sophocles, Creon and Antigone have distinct conflicting values. Antigone first demonstrates feminist logic when she chooses to challenge a powerful male establishment. This establishment is personified by her uncle Creon, who is newly crowned as the King of Thebes. Creon poses to be a major authority figure in a patriarchal society. Creon's regard for the laws of the city causes him to abandon all other beliefs....   [tags: Antigone Essays]

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A Character Comparison: Nora Vs. Antigone

- A Character Comparison: Nora Vs. Antigone In the novels A Doll's House and Antigone, Ibsen and Sophocles respectively create two lead female characters, Nora and Antigone, who confront society's expectations of women in fundamentally different ways. Nora goes against the grain of middle class society by first forging her father's signature and then deceiving her husband, Torvald, throughout their marriage; Antigone, on the other hand, openly challenges and defies the rule of men, including her uncle and King of Thebes, Creon....   [tags: Doll's House Antigone Sophocles]

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Change Within Characters in Sophocles' Antigone

- Change Within Characters in Sophocles' Antigone Antigone is about how King Creon rules that Polynices the traitor is not to be buried, but his sister Antigone defies the order. She is caught, and sentenced by Creon to be buried alive - even though she is betrothed to his son Haemon. After the blind prophet Tiresias proves that the gods are on Antigone's side, Creon changes his mind - but too late. He goes first to bury Polynices, but Antigone has already hanged herself. When Creon arrives at the tomb, Haemon attacks him and then kills himself....   [tags: Sophocles Antigone Essays]

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Creon as the Tragic Hero of Sophocles' Antigone

- Creon as the Tragic Hero of Sophocles' Antigone      Who is the true tragic hero in Sophocles' Antigone?  This question has been the subject of a great debate for numerous years.  Equal arguments exist that portray Antigone as the tragic heroine in the play and Creon as the tragic hero.  Aristotle, in his study of Greek drama entitled Poetics, provided the framework that determines the tragic hero of a work.  Though Antigone definitely possesses the characteristics and qualities that are mentioned, Creon comes across as the true tragic hero of Antigone....   [tags: Antigone heroant trajant]

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Characterization of Antigone in Sophocles' Antigone

-       Sophocles’ tragic drama, Antigone, presents to the reader a full range of characters: static and dynamic, flat and round; they are portrayed mostly through the showing technique. In “Sophocles’ Praise of Man and the Conflicts of the Antigone,” Charles Paul Segal takes the stand that there are two protagonists in the drama (which conflicts with this reader’s interpretation): This is not to say that there are not conceptual issues involved in the characters of Creon and Antigone. But the issues are too complex to be satisfactorily reduced to a single antithetical formulation....   [tags: Antigone essays]

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Sophocles ' Antigone - Divine Law And Human Law

- Ever imagine dying and not receiving a proper burial. If it were true that there is an afterlife you would be very disappointed and humiliated. But not every city or country believes in afterlife. In ancient Greece they believed that a proper burial granted access to Hades, the name of both the underworld and its king. In Antigone, Sophocles argues that religion and law should join together to harmonize society, but in reality the text demonstrates that society would collapse if they are both joined....   [tags: Oedipus, Antigone, Sophocles, Antigone]

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The Tragic Hero of Antigone

- Around 442 BC in the city of Athens, Greece, Sophocles wrote the greatly admired tragedy, Antigone. Antigone includes many themes such as Freedom, Protection of Personal Dignity, Obedience to Civil Law, Protection of Community/Nation, Loyalty/Obligation to Family, and Observance of Religious Law. Many of the Greek tragedies that have been written include a tragic hero that has his/her tragic flaw. In Antigone there are two main characters; Creon, the tyrant king of Thebes, and Antigone, the daughter of Oedipus and Jocasta....   [tags: Antigone, heroes, Sophocles, ]

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Honor in the Iliad and Antigone

- The notion of honor is prevalent throughout the Iliad and Antigone. Both texts demonstrate that honor is essential to Greek heroes because honor is the foundation of the society and family. Homer and Sophocles clearly show that honor guides people’s actions and responses and decides the fate of themselves and others. Both authors also place emphasis on the importance of proper burial because it is a strong indication of honor to the deceased and the deceased’s family. As can be seen in the Iliad and Antigone, the aim of every Greek hero is to gain everlasting honor because it ensures his place in the social memory of his society resounding even after death....   [tags: Honor, Iliad, Antigone,]

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Comparing and Contrasting Sophocles' Antigone and Shakespeare's Othello

- The tragedies of Antigone and Othello were written with great depth and are structured in such a way that both characters are victims, in spite of their crimes. Antigone and Othello are tragedy plays created by using many techniques to create the feelings of fear and pity. There are differences and similarities in characters, action, and themes between Antigone and Othello. First, the major characters in both of the plays are suffering through great pain and end up with death. The drama Antigone which is written by Sophocles, tells the story of Antigone....   [tags: othello, antigone]

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Antigone By Sophocles ' Antigone

- Antigone is the protagonist in the story Antigone. She is a young girl who rises up against her uncle, King Creon to defend what she believes in. King Creon is seen amongst the society as a dictator and feels no one should go against his orders. One of King Creon’s orders is to not give Antigone’s brother, Polyneices, a proper burial because he thought Polyneices was a traitor. Antigone, however, chooses to bury her brother because in her heart she feels it is the right thing to do, knowing full well that Creon disapproves and has made it clear that if anyone attempts to touch Polyneices, they will be stoned in public....   [tags: Sophocles, Oedipus, Woman, Oedipus at Colonus]

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charant Characterization in Sophocles' Antigone

- Antigone– Characterization              This essay will illustrate the types of characters depicted in Sophocles’ tragic drama, Antigone, whether static or dynamic, flat or round, and whether portrayed through the showing or telling technique.   Martin Heidegger in “The Ode on Man in Sophocles’ Antigone” explains, in a rather involved theory,  the destruction of Creon’s character:   The conflict between the overwhelming presence of the essent as a whole and man’s violent being-there creates the possibility of downfall into the issueless and placeless: disaster....   [tags: Antigone essays]

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womenoed Essay on Sophocles' Antigone - Sisters

- Sisters Two sisters destined to love each other, but conflict interrupts their paths. The first's journey is one of self-exploration and discovery; the other's of continual oppression and hardships. Ismene and Antigone are the troubled sisters whose decisions take them on different courses, but these same choices also brought them together. Even though their actions show differently, Antigone and Ismene's morals and philosophies show that they are true sisters at heart. Antigone shows the attribute of boldness....   [tags: Antigone essays]

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Antigone, Empress of Byzantium, and My Aunt

- Antigone, Empress of Byzantium, and My Aunt I have very few heroes, but if I could pick three people who are heroic to me, I would have to choose Antigone from the tragic play Antigone by Sophocles, Theodora, Empress of Byzantium, and my own personal hero, my great aunt Alice. All of these women have had a profound effect on the world around them, and worked hard to shape the world as they saw fit, to protect their loved ones and those to whom they were and are loyal. My personal hero especially has had a profound effect on my upbringing and me....   [tags: Antigone Essays]

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Antigone, by Sophocles

- The death of Antigone is truly a tragic episode in the Theban Plays, where she hung herself with a woven linen of her dress. By convention, her death would be characterized with feminine quality. However, Antigone, one of the few female characters in the book, possessed distinguishable female characteristics that are as remarkable as a male hero. Antigone was determined when she made up her mind to bury her brother. She was an agent of her words and took up the risks that accompanied to her deeds....   [tags: Character Analysis, Female Characteristics]

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Antigone, by Sophocles

- In a democracy, people choose representatives to lead and govern them. However, these representatives might take unpopular steps. In such instances the people may show their disapproval of a policy and vent their grievances through acts of civil disobedience. Henry Thoreau said, “It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right.” It is both the right and responsibility of a person to fight an unjust law, and civil disobedience allows one to convey his thoughts and ideas in a passive, nonviolent way....   [tags: Civil Disobedience, Democracy]

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Antigone, by Sophocles

- Sophocles’ “Antigone” was a Greek tragedy written for entertainment, but it also served as a social commentary for what was happening in ancient Greek city-states during that time it was written. “Antigone” was a prime example of art imitating life in Greek culture. The play was rife with themes relating to individual versus state, women’s roles in the city-state, the significance of elders in society, pride, tyranny, and human law versus moral or divine law. In this essay I’d like to pose and answer the questions: Did the outcome of Antigone lead us to believe that Creon was wrong from the start....   [tags: Sophocles, Greek Tragedy]

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The Tragedy Of Antigone By William Shakespeare

- ... With no one left around to proceed in the burial, the duty should have been placed onto the two sisters. Even Creon with his role of being the uncle/great uncle of Antigone and her siblings it can be considered that he was not the next closest kin of the family. Antigone also wants to do right by the gods by completing a proper burial. The obsessive need to be faithful to the gods is most likely tied to the fact that Antigone’s family being cursed by the gods. Antigone probably even realizes that she is going to die anyway but feels as though this is a just cause, one good enough to die for....   [tags: Sophocles, Oedipus, Burial, Poetics]

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Justice is Served in Antigone by Sophocles

- In the play Antigone, Sophocles writing can be very controversial. He explains different perspectives of justice through the fates of the characters in the play. Creon and Antigone both would claim to have the law and Gods on their sides. They bring acceptable evidence for their reasoning to be true for their thought of the right way to carry out justice. Creon is certain that his ability to be king will justify leaving Polynices unburied. On the other hand Antigone sees justice as the ability to bury her brother....   [tags: conflict, burial, moral]

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Sophocles ' The Timeless Nature Of Antigone

- Despite its age, Antigone by Greek playwright Sophocles is still relevant to many issues plaguing modern society to this day. Over the course of Antigone, both the actions and the inactions show parallels to modern life, some of which can be troubling, others are perfectly acceptable. By examining Sophocles’ tale, readers will handily notice the timeless nature of Antigone, and how it is connected to modern life. Antigone takes place shortly after a war which claimed the lives of the two sons of Oedipus, Eteocles and Polyneices, Eteocles was given a burial, but Polyneices was not....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus, Polynices]

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Analysis of Antigone by Sophocles

- In the play “Antigone” by Sophocles we the reader are presented with the tragic events that befell that of Antigone (the character) when he tried to do right by the laws endowed by the gods. These laws would inevitably clash with the royal edict King Creon asserted (no one was to “grace him with sepulture or lament, but leave him unburied…Antigone 11). In the play Antigone becomes the embodiment of the natural laws; endowed upon by the gods, and those who oppose these laws will eventually buckle but only when all has been lost....   [tags: gods, law, tragic events]

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Analysis Of ' Antigone ' By Sophocles

- Courage can have its limitations. Limitations, which are present within Sophocles ' play "Antigone". A tale focused on the protagonist Antigone, who goes behind her uncle and king, Creon’s, back to bury her brother Polynices. Within the story, Antigone tried to enlist her sister, Ismene’s help. To which Ismene had refused on the basis that they were women and were in no place to stand up against the king or the law (1567). However, in the third part of the play when Creon accuses Ismene of being an accomplice to Antigone’s schemes; contrarily to Ismene’s previous words, Ismene chooses to stand by her sister’s side....   [tags: Sophocles, Oedipus, Oedipus at Colonus, Cowardice]

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Character Analysis : ' Antigone '

- ... She holds loyalty close to her heart and will do whatever it takes to defend it despite if people stand in her way or not. Antigone’s second moral code is her fierce loyalty to the gods. Their laws are what she holds most sacred. She couldn’t care less about laws of man, as represented by Creon. These morals make up her strong character. She believes in things far greater than humans and there small laws. She will strive to be above them as she follows through with her loyalty to the gods. (Status) Antigone appears as the tragic hero in the play....   [tags: Oedipus, Creon, Sophocles, Haemon]

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The Tragedy Of Sophocles ' Antigone

- ... Creon’s views suggest that her being a female is more of an embarrassment to him than if a man had done the same thing, even though she is a member of his royal family. Sophocles incorporated so much dialogue distinguishing between the genders and the misogyny that was so prevalent at the time. This shows that he was trying to make a larger point besides honoring the gods.             Although Sophocles spends a lot of time developing Antigone’s character, the focus goes to Creon towards the end....   [tags: Tragedy, Sophocles, Oedipus, Woman]

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Analysis Of ' Antigone ' By Sophocles

- ... Both characters had the opposite view on justice leading to the main conflict of this story. In the first place, Antigone believed in the Gods and thought that she had to do the right thing. Correspondingly since Polynices was her brother it was her personal duty to at least give him a proper burial. Antigone is a strong women who could fight her own battles alone, even if she tried to get her sister to help her. Not only did she think that going against Creon’s law was the right thing to do but she knew that a proper burial was the requirements of the Gods....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Law, Creon]

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Sophocles ' Antigone And Lysistrata

- ... Antigone essentially tries to rationalize her crime by saying that she is honoring the Gods commands and honoring her brother though she might have awaiting charges. She forces herself to believe that she will be the one to die with honor because she believes that what she is doing is right where she says, “So leave me and my foolishness alone—we’ll get through this fearful thing. I won’t suffer anything as bad as a disgraceful death. (Sophocles, p. 7)” In the end, her rebellion led to her death, and it can be assumed that Sophocles wrote this to show that challenging her place in the society was not a proper thing to do as an Athenian woman....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus]

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The Tragic Hero Of Sophocles ' Antigone

- Aristotle once mentioned, “A man doesn 't become a hero until he can see the root of his own downfall.” Throughout society, tragic heroes are always present within every type of literature. A tragic hero is depicted as someone who makes a judgement which leads to his or her own destruction. They follow the five characteristics in which they are born from nobility, are doomed to make the wrong judgement, possess a tragic flaw, are responsible for their own fate, and lastly convey emotions to the audience....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Tragic hero, Oedipus the King]

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Antigone and Oedipus by Sophocles

- “Antigone & Oedipus” By Sophocles are great stories of Tragedy and adversity. Creon, Oedipus and Antigone are truly engaged in struggle with reality, destiny and self-pity, for life. “Oedipus The King” is the tragic story of a man of a noble structure but is triggered by great tragedies and realities of him-self that shatter his existence. From the beginning of the story Oedipus is shown as a noble caring man. He is greatly worried about the plague in Thebes “but my spirit grieves for the city, for myself and all of you” he tells the priest and his people of Thebes, however He is also impetuous and suspicious of the motive of His friends; But these flaws may not be considered as a reason to...   [tags: Tragedy, Creon, Oedipus]

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Antigone and Oedipus by Sophocles

- “Antigone & Oedipus” By Sophocles are great stories of Tragedy and adversity. Creon, Oedipus and Antigone are truly engaged in struggle with reality, destiny and self-pity, for life. “Oedipus The King” is the tragic story of a man of a noble structure but is triggered by great tragedies and realities of him-self that shatter his existence. From the beginning of the story Oedipus is shown as a noble caring man. He is greatly worried about the plague in Thebes “but my spirit grieves for the city, for myself and all of you” he tells the priest and his people of Thebes, however He is also impetuous and suspicious of the motive of His friends; But these flaws may not be considered as a reason to...   [tags: Creon, Tragedy, Adversity]

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Comparison of A Doll's House and Antigone

- “The Empowered Woman, she moves through the world with a sense of confidence and grace. Her once reckless spirit now tempered by wisdom. Quietly, yet firmly, she speaks her truth without doubt or hesitation and the life she leads is of her own creation.” --Excerpt from ‘The Empowered Woman’ by Sonny Carroll In my mind, Sonny Carroll’s poem perfectly represents what an empowered woman should be; firm, determined and able to stand on her own feet. The characters of Nora and Antigone, from Henrik Ibsen’s ‘A Doll’s House’ and Sophocles’ ‘Antigone’ respectively, completely fit my description of ‘the empowered woman’....   [tags: The Empowered Woman, Sonny Carroll]

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