Play Analysis: Antigone

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Remember how Penelope promised to pick a suitor once she was done weaving that burial shroud and how she would undo some of the parts she made later on that night to buy Odysseus some time to come back home to her? It wasn't just about love; it was about loyalty. Loyalty doesn't just mean perpetually sticking up for someone/something. It goes deeper than that. Loyalty is unshakable faith, even in the impossible. It's not about right or wrong, smart or stupid; it's about disregarding what others think and fighting for yourself, for where you think and feel you should be. Family is like that, too. No family is perfect. They can drive you insane, inflict the deepest wounds, yet we'll always come back to them in the end. Blood that runs in the family is like a river; they may come from diverging paths, but they'll always end together (merge) at some point. That's loyalty: knowing that no matter where life takes you, you'll always come back to where you came from. In Antigone by Sophocles, our tragic heroine is the perfect example of filial loyalty. In Oedipus Rex, she is but a child who saw her father suffer pain and humiliation under the cruel had of fate. In Oedipus at Colonus, she accompanied her father in exile. She was very loving and devoted to him and when Oedipus died, she went back to Thebes to take care and support her brothers, Eteocles and Polyneices. Antigone is a straightforward and stubborn woman. She knows what’s right and she knows that to do. She was intensely loyal to the gods. She believes in the divine laws and disregards those which were made by man, and in this case, Creon. Creon symbolizes the state or the government. One thing I’ve noticed about this piece is that our heroine, Antigone is that she has her own concept of “authority”. In a way, she has this notion that no man, however powerful they are, can force her to conform or follow his laws. She has a firm set of priorities and beliefs. She has unshakable faith and unwavering love for her...
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