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Antigone and Tragedy Archetypes and Art

- Antigone as a heroic and tragic archetype must internally struggle with individuality and morality versus established rule and law and she can be seen as externally fighting between her sister as an outward display of her internal conflict. Antigone then is a unique archetype as a heroine and her power and powerlessness are defining to her as a woman in politics. Her sister, Ismene is portrayed as much weaker and can be said to be metaphorical in that individual morality is weak as compared to established law and Ismene is the personification of morality in a legal-rational world, according to the emerging Hellenistic establishment....   [tags: heroine, power, morality, struggle]

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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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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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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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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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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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Sophocles ' Antigone : The Rights Of The State

- Antigone had the right to bury her. Her defiance of the decree instituted by the king, Creon, which prohibited her brother’s burial, was justified. In defense of Antigone’s position, one can argue against both divine law and the laws of the state. However, this is not what Antigone’s actions are about. Antigone’s decision to bury her brother was justified because respect for the deceased triumphs over the man-made laws of the state. Antigone’s choice was virtuous because it was the best decision for her family....   [tags: Oedipus, Creon, Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus]

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The Tragedy Of Sophocles ' Antigone By Sophokles

- Before Aristotle’s tragic hero model, tragic figures were open to interpretation. The play Antigone by Sophokles, written in 441 BC, existed during this period of ambiguity of what a tragic figure exactly meant. Antigone involves two principal characters that could potentially be the tragic figure, Kreon and Antigone. Kreon is the arrogant king who declares it illegal to give Polyneices, a soldier who had betrayed Thebes during war, a proper burial. Antigone is the sister of Polyneices who is determined to give him the proper burial that she, as his family, is obliged to carry out....   [tags: Tragic hero, Tragedy, Sophocles, Oedipus]

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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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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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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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The Tragedy Of Antigone By Sophocles

- “Antigone” is a drama that was written by Sophocles. Sophocles was one of the great writers of tragedies during the ancient Greece era. For this reason, there is no debate as to whether this story is a tragedy or not. A tragedy is defined as a play that contains dismal events and has an unhappy ending, it typically involves the downfall of the protagonist. Focus on that last part; the downfall of the main character. If “Antigone” is definitely a tragedy, and a tragedy involves the destruction of the main character, than the drama must portray the hero being brought to ruin....   [tags: Character, Sophocles, Tragedy, Oedipus]

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The Tragedy Of Sophocles ' Antigone

- Decisions made by the characters and the ramifications of their decisions are an integral aspect of illustrating a true Greek tragedy within Antigone. FIX Antigone’s stubborn will is not the only force the drives her to make a political statement. King Creon’s harsh edict forces Antigone to reconcile her allegiance to her family and her familial duty with her alliance to the city-state and her place within society. Through this intrapersonal struggle Antigone decides that she will not go against the traditions of the gods, because she would rather face “some man’s wounded pride,” than “face the retribution of the gods” (Sophocles 509-511)....   [tags: Sophocles, Oedipus, Creon, Oedipus at Colonus]

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Tragic Heroes - Creon and Antigone

- Who is the more of a tragic hero, Creon or Antigone. They both experienced much through out play, but Anitgone is clearly the “better” tragic hero. Antigone’s flaw, misfortune, and her fall from grace prove that she is much better than Creon as a tragic hero. Antigone’s flaw is arrogance, and she shows it through out the story. She also “accepts that it is her flaw and she causes everything unlike Creon who believes it is the Gods that are causing his misfortune not his flaw. Antigone first sign of arrogance is in the beginning of the play where she and her sister, Ismene, are having a conflict about whether or not they should bury the brother....   [tags: Shakespearen Literature]

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The Tragic Hero Of Sophocles ' Antigone

- In the Greek play Antigone by Sophocles is very different from traditional plays or tragedies. Not only does the play have two prominent characters, Antigone and King Creon, the two characters also function as a tragic hero. However, which of the two character is the real tragic hero. Antigone’s tragedy is from conflict and passion. To really understand which of the two character is the ‘real’ tragic hero, one must understand the definition of a tragic hero. According to Aristotle’s definition of a tragic hero, a tragic hero must be born from a high social class and his or her downfall must be caused by a fatal flaw of that character....   [tags: Tragedy, Sophocles, Poetics, Tragic hero]

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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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The Tragedy Of Antigone By Sophocles

- Aristotle’s definition of a tragic hero is someone who makes an improper judgment where their fate leads them to their own destruction. One of the most important and eye-catching tragic heroes in the play is Antigone, a strong woman who is determined to give her brother Polyneices the burial he needs. In the play Antigone, by Sophocles, the reader learns about how Antigone’s loyalty to the gods, her disloyalty to King Creon, and her stubbornness leads to her ruin through her heroic traits and tragic flaws....   [tags: Tragic hero, Sophocles, Oedipus]

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Tragedy in Antigone by Sophocles and Blackfish

- Karl Marx, the German philosopher, once said “History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.” For me, this quote clearly describes the overarching relationship between Blackfish and Antigone. This analogy starts with Antigone, written about an oppressed woman against the fists of tyranny. That early in history woman’s rights was often taboo at places, and democracy was only recently established. Yet, Antigone went against the norm by focusing on a heroine that challenged male authority and nobility, thus making it revolutionary....   [tags: Seaworld, tragedy, impact]

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The Tragic Hero: Creon or Antigone?

- In the Greek tragedy Antigone, the characters Antigone and Creon can both be thought of as the tragic hero of the play. Though Antigone does show some of these characteristics of a tragic hero, Creon demonstrates the attributes more clearly and concisely. Creon is the King of Thebes, as well as the uncle of Antigone. Creon took the throne after a tragic quarrel between his two nephews, Eteocles and Polyneices. Despite his harsh governing and his crude ideals, he is not good or bad. Creon is the tragic hero of the play Antigone, because of his superiority in his society, his nobility, and his tragic flaw, self-pride....   [tags: Character Analysis, Greek, Classics]

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The manifestation of violence in Antigone

- Introduction The notion of violence by means of theme, language, staging, chorus and characterization is manifested in Sophocles’ Antigone. As suggested by Hannah Arendt (1969: 243) in her essay On Violence, “violence cannot be derived from power, in order to understand it, we must examine its roots and nature.” Violence can only be discussed when accompanied by a discussion of power. Walter Benjamin states “violence can first be sought only in the realm of means, not of ends” (1921:277) and relates violence to law and justice....   [tags: Sophocles, Violence, Theme, Language, Staging]

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The Tragic Heros in Sophocles' Antigone

- In Sophocles' Antigone, the question of whom the real tragic hero comes into play. Antigone possesses all the aspects of a tragic hero. Creon possesses many qualities of a tragic hero, but doesn’t totally fit in the role. These traits include: not being overly “wholesome or corrupt”, being persistent in their actions, developing pity in the audience or reader- especially in the beginning of the story, and having a major flaw that is their ultimate downfall. Antigone possesses all of these traits therefore qualifying as the tragic hero....   [tags: immoral, heroine, death]

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Antigone By Sophocles : A Greek Tragedy

- The play Antigone by Sophocles is a Greek tragedy that focuses on a family and a city that has experienced great upheaval in recent years. Out of the ashes of war fought between two brothers, Eteocle and Polynice (sons of Oedipus), their uncle Creon is now ruler of the city of Thebes. Creon’s first order as the new king is that Polynice, the rebel brother, will not be sanctified by holy rites and will lie unburied on the battlefield whereas Eteocle will be honored and buried with respect. Oedipus’s two surviving children, Ismene and Antigone, remain in Thebes and under their uncle’s care....   [tags: Oedipus, Creon, Sophocles, Hanging]

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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 ' Others ' And Responsibility

- ... People cannot form their own opinions and believe all people feel the same way. People must find the significance of the matter to them as well as the other individual. Antigone is able to recognize other people as individuals. This is why she wants to give her brother a proper grave. She stands up for her own beliefs and opinions and is willing to suffer the consequences. An example of Antigone finding significance in her and others is when she attempts to give her brother’s body a proper burial....   [tags: Human, Morality, Ethics, Meaning of life]

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The On The Texts Sophocles ' Antigone

- This essay will briefly explain my point of view on the texts Sophocles, Antigone translated by Paul Woodruff and Plato, The Apology translated by Benjamin Jowett. Mainly focusing on when Antigone refused to obey the king 's command not to bury her brother with Socrates ' refusal to obey the Athenian court if it commands him not to engage in philosophy. I think that in actual fact Socrates and Antigone were both strong influential individuals of their time, because they had confidence in God which lead them too stand up for what was right and with all their strength never backed down from death....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Law, Philosophy]

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Antigone And Creon, Fiance Or Cousin?

- ... He believes that Polyneisis is a traitor and therefore, should not be buried or given any rituals believed by the Gods. His brother Etocies is buried and believed to be a hero. This is where Antigone was given a way out of her marriage to Haemon. There is no doubt that she loved her brother, but to defy the law, her uncle and her King was unthinkable. Antigone needed a way out of the marriage and this was it. She decided to bury her brother and give him the burial he was owed. She did ask her sister for help, but Antigone knew already that she wasn’t going to help....   [tags: Marriage, Family, Adultery, Consanguinity]

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Questioning the Fate of Antigone

- I chose to write my essay over a topic revolving around the question of whether Antigone’s death could have been saved or whether it was even changeable. The article The Death of Antigone wrote by Joseph S. Morgan gives opinions by the writer that suggests answers to these questions. Joseph explains the opinion of scholars that suggest that Creon could have chosen the fate of Antigone or Creon was unable to save Antigone. He does not seem to agree or disagree with the opinions being held, rather explaining why each opinion is not questionable....   [tags: Joseph S Morgan, The Death of Creon]

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Conformity and Rebellion in Antigone

- ... Think what Creon will do!” (469). Ismene is telling Antigone that she is scared of burying Polynices behind Creon’s back, because if they get caught they will be punished greatly. Ismene and everybody else in Thebes are scared of Creon’s power and strength. However, in the same conversation because Antigone and Ismene, Antigone claims,” Creon is not strong enough to stand in my way” (469). The one thing that is keeping Antigone from accomplishing her goal is Creon’s impact on the people. Though, she says that Creon can’t stop her, Antigone is wrong because Creon has stopped her until the end of the story where he eventually decides to bury Polynices out of grief....   [tags: conflict, change, mistakes, rebel]

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The Tragic Hero in Sophocles´Antigone

- In Greek tragedies, tragedians always establish a tragic hero who descends from grace due to a fatal flaw as well as someone who is of nobility. Moreover this character may also experience peripeteia, anagnorisis, and of course, a terrible ending (“Tragic Hero as Defined by Aristotle”). One Greek tragedy that involves a tragic hero is Sophocles’ Antigone which portrays two characters who strive for what they believe in, either state law or divine law, which leads to their demise. These two characters are King Creon and Antigone....   [tags: Flaws, Pride]

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The Death Of Antigone And Creon

- The main theme of the entire play centers around the viewpoints of Antigone and Creon as they argue over whose law is the correct law. They both disagree with each other regarding their view on how a decision should be made regarding the death of Antigone’s brother, Polynices. She believes that the gods decreed that all men should be buried upon their death, whereas Creon thinks that Polynices should be charged for treason and anyone who thinks that he should get a proper burial should be sentenced to death....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Decision making, Creon]

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The Tragedy Of Sophocles ' Antigone

- ... She believed that Polyneices deserved a proper burial, rather than having his body stranded. Polyneices was Antigone’s brother, and she felt that as a result of divine law, he should have had a burial in order for his soul to leave the Earth. Since Antigone was opposed to Creon’s decree, she was determined to act against it. However, those who had blatantly chosen to break Creon’s law were to be punished, regardless of their status in society. The punishment stood “..whoso disobeys in any way, his doom is death by stoning before all the people” (Sophocles 83)....   [tags: Oedipus, Creon, Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus]

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The True Tragic Hero of Antigone

- What makes a hero. In our society, a hero is thought of as a tall man who wears a cape and has super powers, but to the Greeks, it was very different. In every Greek tragedy, there is the tragic hero, defined by Aristotle as a character who is an extraordinary person, with both good and bad qualities. Although the character reaches a level of insight, a tragic flaw, such as hamartia, leads to their failure in the end. A perfect example of this can be found in Sophocles’ trilogy, The Theban Plays which follows the struggling city of Thebes and the efforts of its rulers to escape their misfortune....   [tags: Greek Tragedy, Character Analysis]

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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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The Notions of Justice in The Republic and Antigone

- Within two classical works of philosophical literature, notions of justice are presented plainly. Plato’s The Republic and Sophocles’ Antigone both address elements of death, tyranny and immorality, morality, and societal roles. These topics are important elements when addressing justice, whether in the societal representation or personal representation. Antigone uses the concept of death in many ways when unfolding the tragic story of Antigone and her rebellion. The most obvious way is how death is used as a form of capital punishment and justice against state-dubbed criminals and wrongdoers....   [tags: creon, justice, morality, plato]

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Compliance Is Not Enough For Antigone

- ... I descended these steps of this fire-escape for the last time and followed, from then on, in my father 's footsteps, attempting to find in motion what was lost in space…I travelled around a great deal. The cities swept about me like dead leaves, leaves that were brightly colored but torn away from the branches. I would have stopped, but I was pursued by something. It always came upon me unawares, taking me altogether by surprise. Perhaps it was a familiar bit of music. Perhaps it was only a piece of transparent glass….Perhaps I am walking along a street at night, in some strange city, before I have found companions, and I pass the lighted window of a shop where perfume is sold....   [tags: Sibling, Family, Civil disobedience, Oedipus]

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Creon 's King And Antigone

- ... Great store of jealousy fill your treasury chests, if my friend Creon, friend from the first and loyal, thus secretly attacks me, secretly desires to drive me out and secretly suborns this juggling, trick devising quacks this wily beggar who has only eyes for his own gains, but blindness in his skull.”( Sophocles 660 ) . When Creon confronts Oedipus, Oedipus demands to know why Creon has shown his face to him after he “betrays” him. Although this accusation could cause a huge disturbance , Creon exemplified why he is the voice of reason in “Oedipus the King”, by stating “Do you know what you’re doing....   [tags: Oedipus, Creon, Sophocles, Oedipus the King]

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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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Oedipus The King And Antigone

- A tragic hero is shown in both the plays Oedipus the King and Antigone written by Sophocles. Oedipus and Antigone are both tragic heroes with many similarities and differences. Antigone, however is more of a true modern hero rather than an ancient Greek tragic hero. Oedipus is self-confident, intelligent, and strong willed. Ironically these are the very traits which bring about his tragic discovery. Antigone is a strong person and will not give into orders. She doesn 't care what happens to her because the most important thing to her is that she does what is the right thing to do hence her brother may have a good after life....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Jocasta, Oedipus the King]

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Sophocles´ Antigone and Euripides´ The Bacchae

- Sophocles’ Antigone and Euripides’ The Bacchae are indubitably plays of antitheses and conflicts, and this condition is personified in the manifestation of their characters, each completely opposed to the other. Both tragedians reveal tensions between two permanent and irreconcilable moral codes; divine law represented by Antigone and Dionysus and human law represented by Creon and Pentheus. The central purpose is evidently the association of law which has its consent in political authority and the law which has its consent in the private conscience, the association of obligations imposed on human beings as citizens and members of state, and the obligations imposed on them in the home as mem...   [tags: conflicts, divine law, nature law]

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Antigone : A Strong Female Character

- Power is defined as “the capacity or ability to direct or influence the behavior of others or the course of events.” by the dictionary. Unfortunately, these influences paved the way for certain events that followed, leading to tragedy in Antigone. Antigone is a strong female character that choses to go against the decree of the King Creon by refusing to let her brother, Polynices, remain unburied and without traditional burial rituals. Tiresias, a blind prophet, advises King Creon against his stubbornness and challenges Creon’s power by predicting the outcome of tragedy if King Creon does not adhere to his words....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Death, Tiresias]

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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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The True Tragic Hero of Antigone

- Has your pride ever stopped you from doing something. In Sophicles play Antigone. The king Creon indirectly kills his whole family by being stubborn and not listening to others opinions. Throughout his journey he displays the characteristics of Aristotle; tragic hero. These include being extraordinary, having good and bad sides, a tragic flaw, becoming aware of his mistakes and failing miserably in the end. Creon evolves a lot in this story and even though it ends tragically, he becomes a better person by the end....   [tags: Greek Tragedy, Character Analysis]

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Family Vs. Country in Antigone

- Antigone and Creon are the main and most opinionated actors in the play Antigone. They are both passionate about their beliefs and values. Being stubborn plays a key role in the conflict because they don’t try to come to an agreement nor see eye to eye. Although they have opposite opinions, a compromise is still possible because they both value the gods very strongly. They are also firm believers of loyalty and loyal to their beliefs. Antigone thought Polynices should have the respectful burial that he deserves because that it something one needs to be with the gods....   [tags: beliefs, values, stubborn, loyalty, compromise]

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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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Fate in Antigone, Beowulf, and the World

- The concept of fate in the lives of men and woman is something that has been around for as long as history has been recorded. However it feels like fate works better as a tool for writers through the ages, than as a way to know the true path of people’s lives. Religion is something that has been interwoven with fate, however the concept can be too easily manipulated in the world for it to tell the story of an entire life. In the end, the only thing that all men and women are fated to do is die, and even that is not determined until the day that it happens....   [tags: religion, death, fame]

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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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Justice and Social Order in Antigone

- Glorified overeating. Two words that together create the ultimate oxymoron, in a society obsessed with body image. Adam Richman, the host of the popular television program Man v. Food, is showing his viewers the sport in eating. Each episode this attractive and far from obese man eats a humanly impossible quantity of food. The feat quickly escalates into a spectacle, with chanting fans and opponents salted and deep-fried. The spectacle of overeating has been transformed into a sport and one celebrated by the media....   [tags: Greek Life, Epidemic]

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The Tragedy Antigone by Sophocles

- The play “Antigone” by Sophocles is a good tragedy and its quality can be supported by one of the most influential philosophers, Aristotle. Aristotle composed a list of criteria required for a good tragedy. This composition is called the “Theory of Tragedy”. This is a summary of qualities has withheld the test of time and can still be used to analyze a written tragedy. This summary breaks down the essentials for a good tragedy including specific requirements for plot, character, thought, dicition, chorus and spectacle....   [tags: plot, characters, diction]

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Antigone

- Today the United States is controlled by three branches, but the executive branch is the branch that is commonly referred to when mentioning the United States; the President. Who was once just a loyal friend of Oedipus, now the ruler of Thebes, Creon can be considered Thebes’s president. A ruler who believes and insists that his word is final when it deals with anything under his jurisdiction, meets a match in Antigone, the daughter of the former ruler of Thebes before he parted unto the other side....   [tags: Character Analysis ]

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Antigone

- I. SUBJECT Antigone is a play about a woman who disobeyed the King's order to not bury her brother. The play was written by the famous Greek tragedian, Sophocles, in 441 B.C. The story took place in the city of Thebes and the time period is not mentioned. The main characters introduced in the play are of Antigone, Ismene, Creon, and Haemon. The primary focus was centered on Antigone and the consequences she faces after breaking the King's orders. In the beginning, the author introduced Antigone and her sister, Ismene, and their argument about their recently deceased brother....   [tags: Greek, Sophocles]

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Analyzing Antigone and Creon

- Sophocles play titled Antigone, embellishes the opposing conflicts between Antigone who stands for the values of family, and Creon who stands for the values of state. Sophocles explores the depths of Antigone’s morality and the duty based on consequence throughout the play, as well as the practical consequences of Creon who is passionate and close-minded. Although Antigone’s moral decisions appear to be more logical and favorable than Creon’s, a personal argument would be that both characters’ decisions in society can be equally justified....   [tags: Theatre]

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Antigone

- Antigone, a story of broken family ties and conflicting motivations, can be twisted to tell two entirely different stories, and this is what happed when Anouilh rewrote Sophocles' classic. While both Sophocles and Anouilh told the story of Antigone, through subtle changes in the style of the drama, each author was able to produce a product that told a significantly different and intimate tale conducive to their personal or political situation at that time. Structure is one of the various components of the two versions of Antigone that set the pieces apart with just slight alterations....   [tags: Social Issues, Family Ties, Conflicts]

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The Tragic Hero Of Sophocles ' Antigone

- A person once said, “The Antigone [is] one of the most sublime and in every respect most excellent works of art of all time” (Hegel). The play Antigone [is] written in the 6th century by the writer Sophocles (Willocks). Sophocles is a play writer and he made tragedies more complex. A tragedy always ends in defeat or death, has a hero who is confronted by hostile forces and has a tragic hero who has to make a choice difficult moral choice. The main character is usually the tragic heroine. A tragic hero is a person who has a dramatic change in fortune, morally good, heroic in stature or social position, true to life and consistent (Willocks)....   [tags: Tragedy, Tragic hero, Sophocles, Suicide]

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The Tragedy Of Sophocles ' Antigone

- The story of Antigone is one most prevalent of its time in providing a background of the destructive times of Thebes. Thebes is considered one of the most influential city-states due to the substantial historical contents it provides of ancient Greece. For example, according to Greek mythology, Thebes was the birthplace of Greek God Heracles and the God of wine and pleasure, Dionysus. Most importantly the resting grounds for mythical king Oedipus whose ' story foretells the importance of Greek prophecies and oracles.The trilogy of Oedipus from Sophocles is a series about a group of plays beginning with Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Colonus and ending with Antigone....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Oedipus the King]

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Creon's Role in Antigone

- Creon in the play of Antigone by Sophocles plays a major role within the play. Antigone also plays an important role, as these two character’s conflicting views led to utter disaster, which highlights Creon as a tragic figure. Within the play Creon attempted to establish decisions for the common good; however, his decisions resulted in tragedy. Creon highlighted as the tragic figure, initially created decisions he thought was for the welfare and well-being of Thebes; however, Antigone, who rebelled against Creon’s decisions, caused Creon’s rage to cloud his rational way of thinking....   [tags: Creon as tragic figure]

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Every Decision Counts: Antigone

- ... Their actions of making impetuous decisions is the reason why they are to blame for the tragic events towards the end of the play. After Ismene refuses Antigone’s idea of burying Polyneices, Antigone argues, “I will bury him; and if I must die,/ I say that this crime is holy: I shall lie down/ With him in death,” (I.Prologue.55-7). Although Antigone is being a good sibling to Polyneices, by fighting for his burial, she does not think thoroughly about her rebellious ways. If Antigone dies, Ismene will be left alone and if Ismene helps her, Antigone and Ismene will both be sentenced....   [tags: Sophocles play analysis]

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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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Sophocles ' Antigone By Sophocles

- ... On the other hand, he is not a villain. Firstly, there’s reason for his prohibition, Polyneices did betray the country, the problem is that Greek have different point of view. Besides, from his regrets in the end of the story, we can see that he still cares about his family, not truly hardhearted. Even though his order is against the god, but he didn’t show anything disrespectful to the god. If he didn’t respect the god, he wouldn’t fear about the prophecy. However, I believe that the author did very well on building these two characters....   [tags: Sophocles, Oedipus, Religion, God]

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Oedipus Rex and Antigone by Sophocles

- It is said, “There is a fine line between arrogance and confidence.” As a leader or ruler those lines may be even more blurred than in regular society. In the plays Oedipus Rex and Antigone both written by Sophocles, Oedipus and Creon both have episodes of arrogance that take control of their judgment and become their downfall. However, it is not how they rule that is the problem, but rather how they deal with the adverse effects of the decisions after learning all of the facts. Moreover, their pride takes control of them consuming their emotions and not allowing them the necessary judgment needed to make better rational decisions....   [tags: blind pride]

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Antigone

- Sophocles’ theme is traversed throughout the trilogy showing how Sophocles views a tragic hero. It is essential to first know the background information behind Antigone in order to fully comprehend the story. Two new characters are introduced in the previous play, Oedipus in Colonus. The story, Oedipus Rex, leaves off with Creon banishing Oedipus from Thebes. Because of his suffering, Oedipus exits Thebes as a humbled and god-centered individual. At the time, society expected the son to foster the wellbeing of a parent, especially if he or she was disabled....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Sophocles]

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The Family Tragedy: Antigone

- A tragedy is defined as a dramatic composition, often in verse, dealing with a serious or somber theme, typically that of a great person destined through a flaw of character or conflict with some overpowering force, as fate or society, to downfall or destruction. The play Antigone by Sophocles displays many qualities that prove to form into the epitome of a tragedy. Tragedy is usually marked with a person of great standing—in this case, a King—who falls because of hubris, or extreme pride. Antigone proves to live up to both of these definitions which is proven through its themes....   [tags: Sophocles, story analysis]

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A Doll’s House and Antigone

- Discuss the Concept of the sins of the father in relation to A Doll’s House and Antigone The concept of inherited sin is in the most read book in human history appearing in the first chapter of the Holy Bible where Adam and Eve; original man and woman eat fruit from the Tree of Knowledge and are expulsed from Paradise. This is the original sin all humans have inherited thus being born into a state of sin. This theme of inheriting evil from your parents is central in Sophocles’ 442 Bce Greek Tragedy Antigone as it caused the problems that befall Antigone and her sister Ismene as well as influencing Haemon’s actions....   [tags: Character Analysis, World Literature]

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Antigone And The Holy Bible

- It is easy to place the blame on fate or God when one is encumbered by suffering. It is much harder to find meaning in that pain, and harvest it into motivation to move forward and grow from the grief. It is imperative for one to understand one’s suffering as a gateway to new wisdom and development; for without suffering, people cannot find true value in happiness nor can they find actual meaning to their lives. In both Antigone and The Holy Bible there are a plethora of instances that give light to the quintessential role suffering plays in defining life across cultures....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, God, Bible]

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Antigone

- Full of drama and tragedy, Antigone can be used to relate to current conflicts. One such conflict is that between Haemon and his father Creon. Haemon looks up to Creon with honor and pride, but as conflict arises, that relation is disassociated and new feelings grow. The first conversation between them is what initiates the downfall of their bond. While it seems that Creon is the most important person in Haemon’s life, Antigone is in fact the one that has won Haemon over. Antigone, written by the Athenian Sophocles, is about a woman named Antigone who lives in a city named Thebes....   [tags: Theatre, Sophocles]

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Pride in the Play Antigone, by Sophocles

- The great Saint Augustine once said, “It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels” (Enchiridion of Augustine chap. 27). Hubris “a great or foolish amount of pride or confidence”. This is a very important word in the play and for the characters. It is displayed in the play because it makes it more interesting in so many ways. Many of the conflicts are caused because of hubris. In a way it is good to have pride, but an excessive amount of pride can be harmful....   [tags: Tragedy, Prideful]

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Antigone

- As the tragedy concludes, the chorus issues its final words: "Pray for no more at all. For what is destined for us, men mortal, there is no escape," demonstrating how justice remains impartial to the prejudice of men; those who make imprudent judgments will ultimately suffer from the consequences of their actions. In Sophocles' Antigone, these prejudices notably surface in the form of paternalism as demonstrated through Creon's government, highlighting the importance of gender roles throughout the play....   [tags: Theatre]

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The Consequences of Arrogance in Antigone by Sophocles

- Steffi Graf stated, “You can have a certain arrogance, and I think that's fine, but what you should never lose is the respect for the others.” This quote helps me prove that there's no point in someone having a high status, if they don’t treat their people right. They'll just get disrespect in return and become a low status in their people’s hearts. In Sophocles tragic play Antigone, King Creon’s self importance and high level of arrogance caused many consequences in the drama such as death itself and miscalculations of choice making....   [tags: power, ignorance, ego]

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Sophocles ' Antigone And Oedipus The King

- Overpowering and overbearing rulers can blur their judgment of what is right. Taking leadership to the extreme can cause a person to act in ways that do not correspond with their personal beliefs. This problem comes up a number of times in Sophocles plays, Antigone and Oedipus the king. Creon, the second king of Thebes, who is also the uncle of Antigone and Ismene, is a ruler who only cares for himself. Oedipus, the previous king, cares for the well- being of the people and views them as equals....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Jocasta, Creon]

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Antigone: Anarchist and Martyr

- In Antigone by Sophocles, Antigone is both an anarchist and a martyr, for different reasons. First off, there are many reasons that the girl could be considered an anarchist. An anarchist is one who wishes for no government, no higher power. So, there are many reasons why one could consider the girl an anarchist. The most obvious of these reasons being that she disobeyed the law, the law set by the king of Thebes, Creon. This law consisted of not being allowed to bury the man Polyneices, who was a traitor to Thebes, gathering an army after he was banished from his home city, to attack them, and then going to war against the city....   [tags: Ancient Literature]

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Antigone By The Wilma Theatre

- ... Teiresias then in turns responded: Have you eyes, and not see your own damnation. Eyes, And cannot see what company you keep. Whose son are you. I tell you, you have sinned- And do not know it - against your own on earth… Your mother’s and father’s curse, shall sweep you Out of this land. Those now clear-seeing eyes Shall then be darkened, then no place be deaf, No corner of Cithaeron echo less, To you loud crying, when you learn the truth” Which predicts that later when Oedipus will later become blind, and only when he is blind will he be able to cry out the truth that he cannot see when he has his eyes wide open....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Sigmund Freud]

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Antigone, Not Being Buried

- Members of a society will generally follow the elected government’s laws unquestionably. Every once in a while there will be those that transgress, specifically not following a law for their own moral or religious reasons. In Antigone, Sophocles depicts a young woman having to choose between burying her brother or following the law. Many laws written throughout history were perceived from religion and in the play Antigone, not being buried is one of the most grievous insults imaginable. Now the heroine must make a choice, does she obey the law or follow her heart....   [tags: Law, Political philosophy, Oedipus, Government]

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Genesis, Job, And Antigone

- Genesis, Job, and Antigone all discuss matters regarding the laws of god and law of man, punishments for disobedience, and the role of knowledge. Punishments for disobedience plays a big role and can be compared in The Book of Antigone and The Book of Genesis. In Antigone, Oedipus left Thebes, and a fight between his two sons took place over the position of a new King. Originally, Eteocles was supposed to be king and give up the throne to Polyneices, but when the time came, he refused to let himself be dethroned for the sake of his brothers new reign....   [tags: Adam and Eve, Garden of Eden, Adam]

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The Characters of Antigone and Creon in Antigone by Sophocles

- The Characters of Antigone and Creon in Antigone by Sophocles Antigone is story of divine retribution and human imperfectness. In this tragedy a powerful king, Creon is brought down by the Gods because of his contempt against their divine laws and true justice is shown to triumph at the end. Creon makes the mistake of putting his personal views over and above the divine laws and fails in the eyes of the Gods. He makes the mistake of testing the Gods' power and the remaining story is basically the degeneration of Creon....   [tags: Papers]

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Lady Macbeth and Antigone

- The consequences of acts of rebellion against their patriarchal systems by Antigone and Lady Macbeth result in their premature deaths. Two women who exist in society as property of men, yet gather the courage to speak up in order to get what they want. Each of these characters uses her dainty hands in deliberate actions against their male counterparts in wild disregard for traditional rules. An inner spirit empowers them with silent force against the men of influence in their lives. Antigone claims her superiority over Creon in confession to Ismene, the chorus, and to the King himself....   [tags: premature deaths, power, honors]

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Context: Wisdom and Antigone

- Younger people have tended to look towards the elderly for wisdom and guidance since the beginning of recorded history and beyond. Students to teachers, children to parents, ordinary people to royalty and politicians – generally those who have lived longer are not only believed, but expected to have garnered more knowledge in their longer lives. Abraham Lincoln once said, “I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday. Also, in 2008 the Australian newspaper published an article detailing a study undertaken by the University of Aarhus in Denmark, which disproved the theory that the mind is at its peak in the late teens to mid-twenties....   [tags: philosophy]

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Antigone or Creon as the Tragic Hero in Antigone

- A tragic hero is a character in a play that is known for being dignified but has a flaw that assists in his or her downfall. Antigone is a Greek tragic piece written by Sophocles. In the theatrical production the use of power and morality versus law is evident. The promotion to the conflict was that Creon created a law in which enabled Polynieces, Antigone’s brother, to be buried in the proper way. As it is the way of the gods Antigone found it fit to bury her brother causing her to disobey the law of Thebes....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Themes of Antigone

- The Themes of Antigone Antigone is credited as one of the best works of Sophocles, ranked by most modern critics above Oedipus the King. There are many aspects of Antigone that make it the play critics love to ramble about. “Antigone must be received as the canon of ancient tragedy: no tragedy of antiquity that we possess approaches it in pure idealism, or in harmony of artistic development” says one critic named Berhardy. Tragedy is usually concerned with a person of great stature, a king or nobleman, who falls because of hubris, or extreme pride and Antigone is no exception....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Antigone's Masochism

- Masochist. What is a masochist. A masochist is someone who hurts themselves. A masochist not only hurts themselves, but they find pleasure in hurting themselves. A masochist is frowned upon by society. According to Dictionary.com masochism is “gratification gained from pain, deprivation, degradation, etc., inflicted or imposed on oneself, either as a result of one's own actions or the actions of others, especially the tendency to seek this form of gratification.” Modern day masochists enjoy cutting themselves, and many die from this....   [tags: Greek Play, Martyrdom]

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