Antigone and Medea: Story of Women's Life

Topics: Sophocles, Creon, Greek mythology Pages: 3 (901 words) Published: February 20, 2013
Antigone & Medea
“It’s not the tragedies that kill us, it’s the messes.” Tragedies in life or stories come from a sense of background. You either have your life based on a tragedy or slowly build yourself one. In the plays The Antigone and The Medea, both of these women’s lives are already a mess and slowly they create a tragedy with their actions and decisions. In both plays we have very strong-willed, fierce, confident and powerful women playing the main roles. With these qualities they constructed their own path into darkness.

The Antigone is the daughter of Iocasta and Oedipus. Oedipus and Iocasta also had another daughter named Ismene and two sons named Eteocles and Polyneices. Little did they know that Oedipus was the lost son of Iocasta and the half brother of his own children. Oedipus was destined to kill his own father, which he did so, and marry his own mother. From that news his parents got rid of him but somehow he ended up back in their lives. After all that mess Creon, Iocasta’s brother restored order back into Thebes. Eteocles and Polyneices later get into an argument about who will have the throne, this argument ends up in a bloody war which leads to the death of both of them. Eteocles had a proper burial with a whole ceremony. Polyneices on the other hand rebelled against the city of Thebes before his death. Therefore after his death Creon ordered for no man to bury him or else a punishment of death would be upon them. When Antigone heard of this crucial punishment to her own brother she knew she had to act upon it and that’s where it all began. From her actions then on she led herself, her love Haemon (Creon’s son) and Eurydice (Creon’s wife and Haemon’s mother) to death.

The background of this play pretty much foreshadows a tragic ending. The situation that led to the tragic ending of this play was Antigone’s aggravation towards the news of her brother’s crucial punishment. She went against the power of Creon and buried her...
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