Topics: Oedipus, Sophocles, Creon Pages: 4 (1364 words) Published: April 27, 2013
Antigone Essay
Creon and Antigone are both honorable people, yet both are fatally proud and that is the source of the tragedy. To what extent do you agree?

The source of tragedy in Antigone by Sophocles cannot be simply attributed to the downfall of the two characters, Creon and Antigone. Creon and Antigone both have a very strong will and can both be very stubborn towards people, Creon by refusing to listen to other people and Antigone very determined to fight for what she wants which is to bury her brother Polyneices. Other factors that contribute to the tragedy are Oedipus Antigone’s father and Creon’s brother who began the curse on the family due to his previous actions. The chorus also plays a part in the tragedy by not talking to Creon out of pure fear that he will kill them, they had many opportunities and when they do decide to try and change his mind it is already too late.

Due to the previous actions of Oedipus had lead his family to have a curse, and now it is has reflected onto his children. The first conversation of the play is between Ismene and her sister Antigone and we see that they both discuss the “heavy hand of god is upon us” that has been placed on their family. Antigone wants to change the town’s people’s minds on how they see and think of their family by trying to do the right thing by the God’s and have a burial for her brother Polyneices like everyone at that point in history should have been. Sophocles tries to persuade the readers by making the prologue of the play the conversation between the two sisters by showing us that Antigone is doing the right thing by wanting the burial to take place and he always shows how Ismene is a perfect example of the role and attitude of many of the women in ancient Greece “we are women; it’s not for us to fight against men” and showing that she is afraid to do anything in case she is looked at by people like her father was. Whilst Antigone was wandering city to city with her father Oedipus she...
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