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Sophocles

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 consequences that follow two distinct choices. We can broaden the spectrum by saying that Creon represents public policy and Antigone represents individual conscience. According to E.S. Shuckburgh we must...

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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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Sophocles, Oedipus the King

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 meaningful...

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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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Burial In Sophocles Antigone

QUOTE The Burial at Thebes: A Version of Sophocles’ Antigone translated by Seamus Heaney. There is a war between brothers over power and the two are clashing over the crown in Thebes. Over a ferocious battle, they both perish in the mighty battle, Eteocles and Polyneices. After the Battle, Creon comes to Thebes and is pronounced the current king. Creon decides to give Eteocles a proper burial since he fault in favor of Thebes, but denies Polyneices any type of burial and this is a big shock since...

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Antigone By Sophocles: Play Analysis

right and wrong has been taking place for many centuries. While the conflicts have differed over the years, the the war between what is right and wrong has always been about perspective. One example of this is shown through the play Antigone by Sophocles. Within the play there are two characters who foil each other for what they believe is right. Therefore, they believe that they are self justified, while the opposite party views there actions negatively. This is similar to how our current culture...

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Suffering In Oedipus Rex By Sophocles

ever occurred to you that the suffering of another can be caused by one’s negative characteristics? Two of the more common negative traits are selfishness and a quick-temper. These traits together are dangerous and harmful to oneself and others. In Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex, Oedipus shows both selfishness and a quick-temper, while unbeknownst to him, his people are suffering. Throughout the play, Oedipus appears to be very selfish while arguing with Teiresias, and while conversing with the Corinthian shepherd...

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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 is...

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Creon Foil in Sophocles Plays

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 hypocritical mannerisms...

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Fate In Sophocles Oedipus The King

they make. In many pieces of Greek literature though, this comforting belief is continually shown to be false. A person’s fate is always predetermined, and can never be changed, no matter what the person does. This thematic pattern is prevalent in Sophocles’ play, Oedipus the King, as well. Throughout the tragedy, Oedipus and his parents, Laius and Jocasta, fruitlessly strive to defy the king’s destiny, to alter his fate. Unfortunately, when they all finally realize that their efforts have failed to...

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