Antigone - Views and Values Essay

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Antigone: Views and Values Essay

In Sophocles’ ‘Antigone’, set in the city of Argos in Ancient Greece, Antigone lives through the momentous providence from defying law for the sake of her family. Through Creon, who rules as a tyrannical misogynist, Sophocles symbolizes the concepts of autocracy and the solidity of fate which is inevitable and the prime religion of the Ancient Greeks and gods would have no plod in it. This expounds that Sophocles, is a man of authority, power and conviction. Sophocles, who in addition served as a general, reputed that citizens should rise against the rulings of tyrants, and strongly believed that no soul can compete against the gods’ ruling. This is studied through a number of methods such as the character development and characterization, conflicts, the Chorus and the imagery it delivers. In numerous Greek stories, intellectual and perceptive men are commonly interpreted as the protagonist with usually only one law that will result being the cause of their own ruin. Antigone, lived through an overly close relationship between her mother and son lost many members of her family. Antigone’s aristocracy dying in order to devote her dead brother, was described in supreme features by Sophocles to be the main character of the story. Sophocles shows and describes the significance and value of women who were familiarized to appearing as weak and unimportant to society in the course of Ancient Greece. By doing so, Sophocles deletes the conventional idea expected of women and breaking the limits. Using this idea, Sophocles’ language describes women as highly restricted in, such as simplicity, modesty and weakness. A clear understanding would be her name meaning ‘unbending’ or ‘unyielding’. Antigone is illustrated and distinguished with the personality of a man just by the way she is arrogant and disobedient. Referring back to the text, Creon says to the Leader that, “I am not the man, not now: she is the man if this victory goes to her...
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