Sophocles' play "Antigone" portrays an uncle, Creon, and a niece, Antigone, smashing heads when their own individual loyalty contradicts each other and their beliefs. The ending justifies how loyal Antigone is to her family while Creon is loyal to the state. Sophocles illustrated Antigone has hot-headed and her loyalty to her family right from the start of the play. The play opens with Antigone discussing the burial of her deceased brother Polynices with her sister Ismene. Creon banishes anyone who buries the traitor of Thebes yet Antigone takes no heed of the punishment. "No, / he has no right to keep me from my own," (Line 59) Antigone believes that no one but her can decide her destiny and her choices are made by her only. In her heart, Antigone feels that she did not do anything wrong by burying Polynices. "I did it. I do not deny a thing," (Line 451) She sees that the only mistake being made is her uncle, Creon, refusing to bury his nephew. On the other hand, Creon is loyal to the state instead of the family like Antigone. Creon considers that a noble man puts the state before all. "But whoever steps out of line, violates the law, or presumes to hand out orders to his superiors, has no praise from me." (Line 746-747) If one is a traitor to the state or the form of government of Thebes, Creon is not favorable for him and does care if he is put to death for the betraying the state. Creon thinks that to have a successful Thebes, he must run the state as he puts all before it, just like his expectations. "Am I to rule this land for others?" (Line 823) Sophocles' ending justifies both Antigone and Creon's position in the play as one died for what she believes in and the other fought and changed for the better of the state of
Antigone Character Analysis
In Antigone, Sophocles portrays Antigone smashing heads with her uncle, Creon, when their own individual loyalty contradicts each other and their beliefs. It all began with the tragedy of Polynices’ death, which eventually lead Antigone to a tragedy of her own by the end of the play through a series of events. She is the heroine of the story, as Sophocles illustrated her as absolutely stubborn, but very loyal to her family and the Gods. Certain examples throughout the….
Character Analysis of Antigone
Antigone is an award winning play by Sophocles, one of the three best Greek dramatists of all time. Antigone is a mythical princess of Thebes. She is the product of the accidental incestuous marriage between King Oedipus and Jocasta, whom is Oedipus’ mother as well. Antigone had two brothers and a sister: Polynices, Eteocles, and her sister, Ismene. After Oedipus discovered that he had married his mother, he fled, leaving Thebes to be ruled by his sons. Polynices….
believe is right like Rosa Parks. Certain characteristics set them apart from the rest. Antigone is a tragic hero in the Greek play called Antigone. A tragic hero is character who is dignified and superior and whose downfall is caused by a tragic flaw. They usually think that they are in the right mind when the rest of society thinks that they are mad. A tragic flaw is a weakness or error that the tragic hero has. Antigone believes in her heart far stronger than that of the leader’s rule.….
not have to fear being caught and punished for doing injustices. He comes to the conclusion that the just person would do the same thing as an unjust person would because one’s moral character would disappear when in use of the Ring of Gyges.
2. Eteocles and Polyneices are brothers and appear in the play of Antigone by Sophocles. Polyneices is the next one in line to rule Thebes but with the support from Creon, Eteocles claims the throne for himself. Polyneices then assembles armies from other city-states….
Antigone and Ismene were sisters to Eteocles and polyneices. Creon favored Eteocles and he perceived him as the cities champion and ordered that Eteocles could be buried in a grave with every rite of sanctity given to him as a hero. Polyneices was rejected by Creon because he felt that Polyneices would have led them to slavery so he proclaimed that he not be given a burial but rather watch him get chewed up by birds and dogs because he was a wicked person.
Antigone felt that despite….
In Antigone, Antigone braves through all of her hardships and decisions with her morals
and set of values. She dies with pride and no regret for she died because she acted doing what
was morally right. Many Greek writers disagree with these traits that Sophocles has given her but
it is appropriate because she needed these traits to show defiance and be able to stand up for what
is right. Antigone is a tragic heroine who believes in her duty to her family and is willing to
In Antigone, Sophocles illustrates two characters, Antigone and Kreon, whose morals clash throughout the play, leading to their inevitable fate. Although Kreon qualifies himself to become a leader of a city which grieves from the attacks of Polyneices, Antigone’s actions elicit more admirable qualities, because they stretch beyond the unthinkable and challenge the idea of authority. While Kreon tries to become a good leader, Antigone also becomes a leader in a sense, much like her father Oedipus….
Webster's online Dictionary defines the word protagonist as "The principal character in a literary work (as a drama or story) a leading actor, character, or participant in a literary work or real event." by looking at this definition, Antigone can fit the description. How she reacts to events and the ensuing consequences that occur, forms the plot of the play. At the very beginning Antigone chooses to bury polyneices even though it was against Creon's wishes. She had a choice to leave his body buried….
a man I love pure and innocent , for all my crime” Urging saying Antigone. (In Lines 90-93) . Prior to her respect of the God’s laws. Antigone was very amused by the powers of Creon. Knowingly stating that her brother couldn’t have a peaceful burying. But the respect to get one and in fault of burying him in peace by the law of God’s was punished by Creon’s cruelty. Antigone’s words, actions, and ideas contrast with Creon’s character to the point of these two character’s having conflicting motivations….
A tragic hero is a person who makes an error in their judgment that leads to their ultimate demise. In the play, Antigone by Sophocles, the character Antigone serves as a foil to Creon’s character by highlighting his anger, ruthlessness and his power hungriness. The choices Creon makes for Antigone in the play lead him to his own destruction making him a tragic hero.
Antigone was a great foil to Creon, she brought out Creon’s anger when she tells him she doesn’t really care what happens to her because….