Hyuk Chan Seo
November 27, 2013
The play Antigone by Sophocles is very similar to Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner: both stories have love as a major theme. Love is widely regarded as something reliable, something based on mutual trust and kindness. Ironically, love has a positive connotation, although it leads to ultimate destruction; both Sophocles and Khaled Hosseini turn their stories around by using love as a force that destroys friendship as well as family ties. Irony, characterization, and conflict are literary features used by the authors to further the theme of love as a destructive force. Ironically, love is described as a destructive force in both of the texts.
Irony is used in The Kite Runner and Antigone to portray the consequences of love. Antigone loves Polyneices just as Hassan loves Amir. This fact proves to be ironic because this is the love that ruined these characters’ lives. In the beginning of the play, Antigone uses an oxymoron when saying, “I will bury [Polyneices]: and if I must die, /I say that this crime is holy” (Sophocles 192). This oxymoron is used to prove Antigone’s love for her brother, Polyneices, by establishing that she would do anything, even if it may cost her life, to give her brother a proper burial. This shows the irony of how the love felt for one’s family member can lead to losing a life. Another ironic example of love acting as a destructive force is shown when Haimon threatens Creon by saying, “[Antigone] must die. – But her death will cause another” (Sophocles 222). Haimon is threatening his father by saying that if Antigone, his promised fiancé, dies, so would he. The previous quote can also be used to foreshadow Haimon committing suicide later on in the play. This is ironic because in this play, love drives characters to commit suicide although Sophocles also uses love to show loyalty. In The Kite Runner, love is a force that breaks family bonds and destroys friendship....
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