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  • Sophocles - 472 Words
    1. Where and when did Sophocles live? Athens, 5th century BC 2. The philosopher Aristotle wrote an influential text on drama called... The Poetics 3. What did Greek actors wear? Masks 4. Greek plays feature a group of performers who sing, dance, provide exposition and interact with the other characters. This group is called... The Chorus 5. Who was Antigone's father? Oedipus 6. Antigone's two brothers, Eteocles and Polyneices, did what? Fought on opposite sides in a war for power in...
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  • sophocles - 2436 Words
    Sophocles (/ˈsɒfəkliːz/;[1] Greek: Σοφοκλῆς, Sophoklēs, Ancient Greek: [sopʰoklɛ̂ːs]; c. 497/6 BC – winter 406/5 BC)[2] is one of three ancient Greek tragedians whose plays have survived. His first plays were written later than those of Aeschylus, and earlier than or contemporary with those of Euripides. According to the Suda, a 10th-century encyclopedia, Sophocles wrote 123 plays during the course of his life, but only seven have survived in a complete form: Ajax, Antigone, The Women of...
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  • Sophocles and Pride - 528 Words
    PRIDE Pride – “A high or inordinate opinion of one's own dignity, importance, merit, or superiority, whether as cherished in the mind or as displayed in bearing & conduct Pride is basically feeling proud of something you accomplished or did. On the other hand pride can also be the total opposite. People can take advantage of their pride and hold it against others. In Antigone there were an exotic amount of examples of pride. Pride can from many characters; although the main signs of pride...
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  • Sophocles - Antigone - 1482 Words
    The Power of Choice Choices affect all of our lives. We are always faced with choices. What we do with those choices will determine how are lives will turn out, what destiny lies before us and even what will become of us. The choices we make are in our complete control. Whether we make choices during the heat of the moment or with an open mind there are going to be consequences that follow whether good or bad are can only be blamed on us. Sophocles’s Antigone portrays human emotions and...
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  • Oedipus the King Sophocles - 1100 Words
    THE GREEK THEATRE 2) Is Oedipus a Tragic Hero? Answer this question demonstrating specific understandings of the concepts of Tragedy and the Tragic Hero. In the Greek play, "King Oedipus" written by Sophocles, certain characteristics, which determine the traits of a tragic hero, reveal themselves as the play unfolds. These traits enable readers to enjoy a more enhanced reading of the play and also serve to evoke a particular response from the reader. Readers...
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  • Sophocles Antigone: 441-442bc
    The period that Athens’ Sophocles lived in was a time of important changes to the traditional Greek ways of life. The most significant catalyst of change and concern of the period was democracy. From here stems ideas such as the nature, role and respect of and for the gods, and the individual. The drama of Antigone reflects these concerns in the context it was written through various ways. Athens in the middle of the fifth century BC was at the peak of its power. It attracted foreigners,...
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  • Antigone - Sophocles’ Play - 560 Words
    In Sophocles’ play Antigone one major theme is the danger of pride or stubbornness. Some characters become so involved with their goals that they forget of any other options and accept harsh penalties for their actions. In the cases of Antigone, Haemon and Creon the consequences of their actions wind up to be very extreme and lead to the deaths of these three characters. For her brother’s proper burial, Antigone goes to extreme lengths to fulfill her goal no matter what stands in her way....
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  • Sophocles' Oedipus Rex - 562 Words
    The primary characteristic of Sophocles' Oedipus Rex is that it is an ironic play. The play's irony grasps the audience in a profound way because of the awareness that occurs regarding everything that is going on. Even though we, as observers, are sickened at the tragic life of Oedipus and the other characters, we are still able to appreciate the ironical characteristics of the play itself. The irony primarily exists in the context of man being free, but at the same time, fated. Without doubt,...
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  • Electra, a Play by Sophocles
    Raquel Regalado Professor Templeton GNHU285_14SP10 10 April 2010 Electra by Sophocles Freytag Triangle: Setting/Exposition: The play starts with at Mycenae before the palace of Agamemnon where Pylades, Orestes, and Paedagogous. Inciting Incident: Paedagogous introduce Orestes to his father’s city and urge him to take action for the injustice of his father’s death. Agamemnon being killed already and what has been happening since then. Agamemnon wife...
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  • Passage Analyis of Antigone by Sophocles
    KC Brunell World Literature Passage Analysis 7/23/14 The passage I chose to analyze was part of the conversion between Creon and Antigone after Antigone was caught in her attempt to bury her brother Polynices. Creon said to Antigone: “Believe me, the stiffest stubborn wills fall the hardest; the toughest iron, tempered strong in the white-hot-fire, you’ll see it crack and shatter first of all. And I’ve know spirited horses you can break With a light bit – proud...
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  • An Analysis of Oedipus the King by Sophocles
    Austin Jones December 2, 2012 English Period B Ms. Mazz Oedipus the King: 1. Free will plays a greater role than fate in this play. Fate plays a greater role because the characters make their own decisions. They make the decisions that lead to their downfall. An example of how free will plays a greater role than fate in this play is when Oedipus decides to continue his search for his real parents. Jocasta warns him and tells him to call of the search. “Stop. In the name of god, if you...
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  • Sophocles' Antigone: Character Depiction
    In Antigone, Sophocles positions the readers to condemn Creon as a misogynist. In Antigone, Creon is the newly appointed ruler of Thebes, and after banishing all burial rights to Antigone’s brother, Polynices, Antigone refuses to obey this order and buries him anyway. Creon is pitted against Antigone who holds up the will of the gods and the honor of her family above all else, and thus he appears to be against these values. His behavior, however, suggests otherwise. He aggressively preaches the...
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  • The life and Work of Sophocles - 1217 Words
    The Life and Work of Sophocles \ Sophocles was born in Colunus, near Athens, c. 497 B.C. Sophocles father was a wealthy armorer named Sophillus and his mother was named Jocasta. Once he reached adulthood he was already recognized as a great tragic play write, and the citizens of Athens loved him. Some wonder why he’s so famous, and that’s because he was an amazing Greek writer and play write. He was a Greek dramatist whose long career came between his contemporaries, Aeschylus and Euripides....
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  • Sophocles and Distressing Marvel - 292 Words
    Period three (3) September 13, 2011 Antigone 1. What has happened to the two brothers and what does Ismene mean by the phrase “by doubled hand”? | They fought each other to see who would become king. The phrase Ismene used “by doubled hand” meant that by killing themselves, they killed each other. | 2. Why does Antigone suggest that she would be a traitor if she complied with the law? | Due to the fact that it would not be fair to only bury the brother whom was “welcome” in the...
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  • Oedipus Rex, Sophocles - 1266 Words
    Oedipus the ideal Tragic Hero Kelli Richards Liberty University Abstract In the play Oedipus Rex, Sophocles portrays Oedipus who is also the main character, as a good- natured, beautiful, noble yet narcissistic person who has a lapse of judgment and fall from power. Throughout the play Oedipus makes a few profound decisions for which he is condemned to plentiful...
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  • Creon as a Tyrant in Antigone, by Sophocles
    Michael Baker Professor Bryan English 2100 29 July 2013 Creon as a Tyrant in Antigone, by Sophocles Corruption because of power has been a constant theme of mankind since the dawn of humanity. “Antigone”, by Sophocles, is an excellent example of an author’s attempt to portray this theme in a play. This theme is evident throughout the poem, but is especially clear in the dialogue between Creon and the Sentry, and eventually Antigone, beginning on line 248 and ending on line 594. Tyranny...
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  • Greek Drama: Aeschylus and Sophocles
    Ashley Girard Don Macon ENGL 2332 16 September 2012 Greek Drama: Aeschylus and Sophocles Famous playwrights Sophocles and Aeschylus have various similarities and differences in their writing styles. In The Oresteia: Agamemnon, Aeschylus focuses more on the seemingly cold blooded murder itself as opposed to the influence behind it. Although the reason for the killing of Agamemnon and Cassandra is stated, the author chooses to linger in the description of the act itself, making the murders...
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  • The Sophocles Play Antigone: - 1595 Words
    The Sophocles Play Antigone: All the way through this play Antigone is solely being devoted to her family. Antigone is eager to go above and beyond her limits for her family. Antigone is a vital character in this play. Antigone is a very brave, passionate, and willing character that is not enthusiastic about her brother being defiled even if it means her own life. Creon is a character that he knows all commandments and is influenced that he must abide it. Creon then has compassion for...
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  • English: Sophocles and Land Oedipus
    Alexis Jones Mr. Rowland English 11 Honors 30 September 2014 Oedipus Tragic Flaw Oedipus Rex is a story about a tragic hero that has a flaw that helps and harms him, he is flawed from the start brought him about his own actions and he is a leader that faces a tragic end with honor. The author of this book is Sophocles Oedipus flaw was his pride .During this story Oedipus was very ignorant toward the people around him because he didn’t want to believe that what they were saying was...
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  • Sophocles/Rita Dove - 333 Words
    Sophocles and Rita Dove While Sophocles' Oedipus the King and Rita Dove's 'The Darker Face of the Earth' share themes, such as, abandonment, fate, struggle, incest, and death, Dove goes even further and explores the themes of slavery and racial tensions in pre-Civil War South Carolina. Rita Dove’s The Darker Face of the Earth retells the Oedipus drama in the context of an African American slave. While, through its emphasis on Greek motifs and themes it gives the impression of being a...
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  • Antigone vs Ismene by Sophocles
    The personalities of the two sisters; Antigone and Ismene, are as different from one another as tempered steel is from a ball of cotton. One is hard and resistant; the other: pliable, absorbing and soft. Antigone would have been a strong, successful 90's type woman with her liberated and strong attitude towards her femininity, while Ismene seems to be a more dependent 1950's style woman. Antigone acts as a free spirit, a defiant individual, while Ismene is content to recognize her own...
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  • Sophocles and Medea S Words
    Dasia M. Thomas March 12, 2011 2nd The Greek tragedies, “Medea” and “Antigone” are best understood when studied in terms of the central conflict and the resolution. Both “Antigone’ and “Medea” were written in the beginning of the sixth century B.C. in Greece, and are similar tragic Greek plays. “Antigone” takes place in the city of Thebes, and the protagonist is Antigone, daughter of Oedipus. Antigone faces an external conflict; she struggles with the new King, her uncle Creon, as she...
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  • Sophocles and Creon S Flaws
    Tragic Hero The Greek play, Antigone stresses the position of power and virtue against written law. Creon, in my opinion best qualifies for being the tragic hero. His actions, words, and the comments surrounding him prove that a man who is supplied for life could lose all of it. His actions demonstrate him as a tragic hero. Creon’s belief in nationalism and leadership is demonstrated when he said: “I call to God to witness that if I saw my country headed for ruin, I should not be afraid to...
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  • Creon Foil in Sophocles Plays
    Bailey 1 Devereaux Bailey Dr. Nokes Comp 2 April 8, 2011 Creon's Foil in Sophocles' Plays Contrary to the traditional definition of a foil, Creon is a foil to himself in Oedipus the King and Antigone, demonstrating the corrupting influence of power. Showing one man's life perfect, serving his King till blasphemy reasoning and being blood thirsty for power overtakes his actions until it is to late. In the two plays written by Sophocles (Oedipus the King and Antigone),Creon displays...
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  • Sophocles, Oedipus the King - 1577 Words
    Sophocles, Oedipus the King The following analysis will examine Oedipus the King, by Sophocles. The following questions will be addressed: What is the historical context of this period? What are the storylines, as revealed in the document? What does the document reveal about the Greek notion of fate and free-will? Who was the author and does he reveal a bias? What was the author’s intent in writing this and whom did he see as his audience? And lastly, what stands out as particularly...
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  • Sophocles and Outstanding Qualities - 461 Words
    The tragic play Medea is a struggle between reason and violence. Medea is deliberately portrayed as not a ‘normal woman', but excessive in her passions. Medea is a torment to herself and to others; that is why Euripides shows her blazing her way through life leaving wreckage behind her. Euripides has presented Medea as a figure previously thought of exclusively as a male- hero. Her balance of character is a combination of the outstanding qualities of Achilles and Odysseus. The problem set at...
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  • Sophocles: Family vs. Law
    Sophocles: Family vs. Law Family, an important theme of life, gets expressed throughout many ways in society. Family may take precedence over many things, including authority and the law. Within the tragic play, Antigone, the author Sophocles presents situations where the characters have to choose between their family and the law. The characters must choose what is more important to them, their family or obeying the laws of Thebes. Throughout the play, Sophocles presents a strong theme of...
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  • Antigone - Greek Playwright Sophocle
    Emmanuel Roberts English 112 Spring 2010 Research Paper Antigone Introduction Greek playwright Sophocles wrote the last play in the Theban Trilogy, Antigone, around 442n B.C. The Theban Trilogy consists of Oedipus Rex (Oedipus the king); Oedipus at Colonus, and Antigone, but the play considered the last of the three was, ironically, written first. Only seven of Sophocles’ one hundred twenty three tragedies have survived to the modern era with the trilogy surviving the ages...
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  • An Analysis of Antigone by Sophocles - 622 Words
    Even though King Creon is thought of as someone who knows how to control a nation, he contains a tragic flaw noticed by others and himself, which results in an unpleasant death. In the story “Antigone” by Sophocles, King Creon’s pride and stubborn actions leads his son, Haemon to be disappointed and loose his trust towards his father. Through his ways of being unable to admit his mistakes, his anger brought him to a stage where he became associated with civil law rather than believing in his...
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  • The True Tragic Hero in Sophocles' Antigone
    In Master Sophocles' Antigone, the question of who the tragic hero really is has been a subject of debate for a great number years. Creon does possess some of the qualities that constitute a tragic hero but unfortunately does not completely fit into the role. Antigone, however, possesses all the aspects of a tragic hero. These are, in no particular order, having a high social position, not being overly good or bad, being tenacious in their actions, arousing pity in the audience, a revelatory...
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  • An Analysis of the Play Oedipus The King by Sophocles
    Clark 1 The play Oedipus The King begins with the king and queen of Thebes, Laius and Jocasta. Laius was warned by an oracle that his own son would kill him and that he would marry his mother, Jocasta. Determined to reverse their fate, Laius pierced and bound his newborn sons feet and sent a servant away with him with strict instructions to leave the child to die on the mountain of Cithaeron. However, the servant felt badly for the infant and gave him to a shepherd who then gave the child to...
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  • A POSITION PAPER ON SOPHOCLES’ OEDIPUS REX
    THE KING WEARS A SHADES AS THE SUN SHINES BRIGHT WHICH MAKES HIS DAYS DARKER AND DARKER EVERY SINGLE DAY (with some relations to the Philippine Government and setting as a whole) A POSITION PAPER ON SOPHOCLES’ OEDIPUS REX REGULANO, Jean Paula Bermudez 2011-05787 HUM 1 X Oedipus Rex’ knowledge, which served as his gut against the others to be the King of Thebes, is only limited to the information on his people and his environment, excluding the information about himself due to...
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  • Dramatic Irony in Oedipus the King by Sophocles
    Dramatic Irony in Oedipus In the play written by Sophocles, Oedipus the King, there are several instances of irony. Dramatic irony, or tragic irony as some critics would prefer to call it, usually means a situation in which the character of the play has limited knowledge and says or does something in which they have no idea of the significance. The audience, however, already has the knowledge of what is going to occur or what the consequences of the characters actions will be. The degree of...
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  • The Many Faces of Electra: Aeschylus and Sophocles
     Spenser Pulleyking 1436071 University of Tulsa HON-1003-02 The Many Faces of Electra: Aeschylus and Sophocles 1385 Words Dr. Avi Mintz While Helen of Troy might have had a face that launched a thousand ships, Electra of Argos had a face that launched a thousand stories. Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, three famous ancient Greek playwrights from the 4th and 5th Century BCE, all produced their own versions of Electra’s story that survive to this...
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  • The Oedipus Plays of Sophocles: Oedipus The King
    The Oedipus Plays of Sophocles: Oedipus The King Oedipus the king a son of prophecies, a gift or a curse? Oedipus the king of Thebes, son of the late King Laius and Queen Jocasta; at birth a prophecy was placed upon him that he would kill his father, marry his mother, and bare children with her. The king and queen came to the conclusion that their one and only son must be killed in efforts to save the kingdom. They couldn’t find the strength to do it themselves so they give him to a...
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  • Oedipus the King, an Athenian Tragedy by Sophocles
    Navi Kaur Oedipus the King As Steve Jobs once said, “Again, you can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something —your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.” Similar to Steve Jobs’, Oedipus in the play overcame through many obstacles in his life over his fate....
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  • The Strengths and weaknesses of Antigone In "Antigone" by Sophocles.
    Usually, in novels, the main character's strength overshadows his weaknesses. In the Greek tragedy "Antigone", however, the main character of the same name has as many strong points as weak ones. In the next paragraphs, I will point out Antigone's strengths, weaknesses and, finally, the evolution of the character throughout the play. It goes without saying that Antigone is an extremely strong woman for her time and even for ours. She does have evident strengths. Throughout the play, she stands...
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  • Sophocles' Oedipus Rex as Modern Tragedy
    Oedipus Rex and Tragedy Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex is, in short, the story of a man who unknowingly kills his father and marries his mother. It certainly sounds like a tragedy, doesn’t it? But the classification and definition of ‘tragedy’ are one of the many things widely disputed in the realm of literary studies. So, for the purposes here we’ll use Aristotle’s five criteria of a tragedy: a tragic hero of noble birth, a tragic flaw or mistake, a fall from grace, a moment of remorse, and...
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  • Role of Seers or Prophets in Sophocles' Tragedies.
    "We cannot believe, we cannot deny; all is dark."(King Oedipus, pg. 39) Throughout the tragedies of Sophocles there are seers and prophets and the resolution of whether to believe their predictions or to disregard them. This internal struggle of belief causes the prophets to play a major role in the outcome of events in both King Oedipus and Antigone. In the two tragedies by Sophocles there are prophets made and the characters who hear them are torn. "My heart is torn in two. Its hard to give...
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  • Character Analysis of Creon Antigone, by Sophocles
    In Antigone, written by Sophocles, Creon dominates the play with his powerful yet arrogant personality. Even though Antigone is the name of this play, Creon, the ruling king of Thebes with a no turning back attitude, proves to be the main character. Creon rules over everyone but that does not stop the intelligent Antigone from protecting her brothers dead body. She gets caught in this illegal act by the very dynamic character of Creon. There are endless personality traits to describe Creon, but...
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  • Creon as a Tragic Hero in Antigone by Sophocles
    Caroline Cundiff Mrs. Nancy Diepenbrock AP English IV 16 September 2014 Creon as a Tragic Hero “The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly.” This quotation written by F. Scott Fitzgerald centuries after the famous Greek playwrights directly correlates to Aristotle’s characteristics of a tragic hero. In the Greek Tragedy, Antigone by Sophocles, the king, Creon, displays the qualities that fit...
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  • Tragedy Essay (Euripides & Sophocles): Women
    To what extent do Euripides and Sophocles portray women as the cause of tragedy in Medea, Hippolytus, Oedipus The King and Antigone? Women in the plays of both Euripides and Sophocles is a subject of much debate, indeed it seems as though people’s view on these female characters may well have changed over time for nearly two and a half thousand years have passed since the plays themselves were written. And no doubt people’s views, particularly with regards to women, have changed. One could...
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  • Physis vs. Nomos in Sophocles' Antigone
    Known today as the "Nature versus Nurture" debate, the question of human social conduct and character development has remained a topic of interest for many philosophical discussions. Centered around the natural and socially constructed, ancient Greeks referred to this debate as physis versus nomos – is individual behavior a primary product of custom and convention or absolute natural fact? Greek mythology addresses this dichotomy of mankind through scenarios of interaction between man and the...
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  • Greek Dramatists: Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes
    Greek Dramatists: Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes The theatrical culture of Ancient Greece flourished between 550 and 220 BC. The city-state of Athens, which became a significant societal, political and military power during this period, was its centre, where it was institutionalized as part of a festival “honoring Dionysus, the Greek god of wine and fertility.” (Benton) The centre-piece of the festivities was a competition between three tragic playwrights. Each submitted three...
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  • Anything in Excess is negative Oedipus The King by Sophocles
    To go to far is as bad as to fall short. Confucius. Everything should be done in moderation and there should be a healthy equilibrium in all situations and aspects of life. Something taken too far is the equal to something not taken far enough; both concepts are flawed and cause confliction. These are the beliefs that the Greek gods held and also imposed on their people. Know thy self; nothing in excess was inscribed at Temple Apollo at Delphi in Ancient Greek. Temple Apollo is known to be the...
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  • The Significance of Going Blind in Sophocles, King Oedipus
    Diana Soproni Humanities 123 Prof: Adrian Guiu Date: 2.9.12 The Significance of Going Blind in Sophocles, King Oedipus One of the most important theme in Oedipus Rex, remains the theme of blinding himself, Oedipus, central character of the play, ruler of Thebes, conqueror of the Sphinx, a great leader and role model a character dominated by valor and strong will. His destiny is sad; gods will help him to rise up to be a good king and to be loved by the people, and in the end help him...
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  • Analysis of Euripides' Medea and Sophocles' Oedipus Rex
    Analysis of Euripides' Medea and Sophocles' Oedipus Rex Greek tragedies are some of the most compelling and interesting works of literature. The plot usually follows a common patten in which a heroic lead meets an unhappy or catastrophic end. This end is usually brought about by some fatal flaw of character, circumstances beyond his or her control, or by sheer destiny. In Medea, a tragedy written by Euripides, the focus is on conflict in human spirit between Medea’s love for her children and...
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  • Explore the Theme of Kingship and Ruling in Sophocles’ Antigone.
    In Sophocles’ Antigone, the audience experiences a catharsis wherein sympathy and fear is evoked for Creon, a tragic hero whose Kingship was spoilt by corruption, human fallibility and pride. Throughout the play, Creon has demonstrated how even rulers with a strong moral stance can still fail in their attempts to do good, unfortunately due to exceeding the limits of their humanity. To begin, the tragedy that befalls Creon as a man devoted to his country and to his religion seems to feel...
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  • Comparison between Sophocles' tragedys Antigone and Oedipus the King.
    Antigone and Oedipus The King, written by Sophocles, are deeply tragic plays with a dramatic ending. In both plays, fate arises the question: could have Creon, Oedipus, Antigone, and the rest of the family, prevented the misfortunes, which fell upon them? Or were their lives cursed upon by determination? With every event that took place, the possibility of another occurrence was either higher or lower. One can see that every action brings upon an ironic outcome. Also, the deadly flaw of hubris...
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  • Sophocles' Antigone: Situational Irony in Scene Three
    Timed Write Rewrite Prompt 3: What is the most important word, sentence or quote from this text and why? In an argument between King Creon and his son Haimon, the author reveals that with power, pride and refusal of corrections start to develop. In the Greek play Antigone, Sophocles creates a story about an arrogant, power-hungry king. In doing so, he reveals the consequences of being a dictator, rather than being a noble ruler —an issue that can be found in many countries since many...
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  • Sophocles: Antigone the Famous Play in Ancient Greek
    In the famous play Antigone, by the ancient Greek writer Sophocles, many values of the culture in Thebes is portrayed through Antigone’s actions and experiences. In Antigone’s quest to bury her brother, she is alienated from society due to her uncle Creon - who also happens to be the king of Thebes. Creon, who is unwilling to let a woman get the better of him, refuses to let his responsibility to his family overpower his responsibility to the state. Although Creon is reluctant to believe that...
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  • Conflicts of Interest Between the Laws, Civil Disobedience and Man-Woman in Sophocles
    CONFLICTS OF INTEREST BETWEEN THE LAWS,CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE AND MAN-WOMAN IN SOPHOCLES’ ANTIGONE 1.Introduction Antigone is a tragedy by Sophocles written in or before 441 BC. It is a play about one girl’s beliefs against the injustices of civil law and the success of the orders of the gods. Sophocles creates a free woman figure against not only the mortal laws of the state but also men’s power. He engages necessity of harmony between tradition and state in Antigone. It deals with Ancient...
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  • Compare Contrast essay for "Antigone" by Sophocles and "The Long Walk Home".
    In Sophocles' inferential play, Antigone, the characters, and story line very much compare with the movie, "The Long Walk Home." In the story, Antigone, a young girl named Antigone is stuck in the middle of a crisis in which she must make an important decision whereas in the movie "The long walk home" Odessa, a black maid, must fight off racism and raise the family of her own as well as her employers. Both the play Antigone and the movie, "The long walk home" have many things in common. For...
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  • Oedipus: King, Tragic Hero - An essay on Sophocles' "Oedipus Rex" (Oedipus the King).
    Oedipus the King, by Sophocles, contains a very prominent tragic hero: Oedipus. A tragic hero, by Aristotle's definition of one, must possess six traits. One of them is that the tragic hero must be of noble stature. Another trait of a tragic hero is a tragic flaw. A third trait defined by Aristotle is that a tragic hero must have a period of recognition of his crimes. Oedipus strongly displays each of the three aforementioned, necessary traits; and he is, then, an obvious tragic hero. Oedipus'...
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  • A Comparison of the Influential Role of the Chorus in Sophocles’ Antigone and Euripides’ Medea
    A comparison of the influential role of the chorus in Sophocles’ Antigone and Euripides’ Medea It has been said by Napoleon Hill, “Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another”. This has been put to use in the plays Antigone by Sophocles and Medea by Euripides. The chorus which was an integral part of ancient Greek drama was used in the dramas to play an influential role. However, the group they mainly...
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  • Similarities of Tragedy and the Common Man in Miller, Sophocles, and Walker's Works
    Analysis of Tragedy and the Common Man By: Nathan Roberts In literature, tragedy is usually expressed as an extremely cataclysmic event that causes the protagonist to fall into despair. According to Arthur Miller in his academic essay, “Tragedy and the Common Man”, tragedy is a factor in life that can happen to everyone from the common man to kings and queens. Miller’s representation of tragedy can be easily...
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  • Comparison of Sophocles' and Euripides' portrayal of humanity. Sophocles' is said to have portrayed men as they ought to be, while Euripides is said to have portrayed men "as they are"
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