Analysis Of ' Antigone ' And ' Oedipus ' Essay

1141 Words Jul 9th, 2016 5 Pages
The belief that ideas stay on earth has been around since ancient times; as it has been hinted at in Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, and Oedipus Rex. A famous quote from Hamlet involves the idea that words without thoughts do not to heaven go. When further explained, the quote is understood to mean that for an idea to truly mean anything, it has to be back up with thoughts and actions. Furthermore, the truth means a universally accepted idea; which, is believed to be right above all other ideas. However, only when the idea is truly understood by all does it become the overall accepted opinion of the majority. In Antigone by Sophocles, the author employs dynamic characterizations and hidden symbolism to illustrate the message that the truth is not always what ones needs to succeed. Throughout Antigone, Sophocles creates dynamic characterizations in Antigone, and Creon to demonstrate that characters can represent ideas in a work of literature. Antigone is the main heroine of the play. Therefore, as the protagonist, one can assume that she has a tragic flaw; similar to how in most plays the protagonist has a tragic flaw which leads to their downfall. However, unlike in other works, such as Othello, Hamlet, and, Romeo and Juliet, Antigone’s flaw is not as noticeable. At the beginning she is portrayed as a misguided girl who believes in equal rights even in death. This trait can be seen when Antigone states, “But I will bury him: and if I must die, / I say that this crime is Holy”…

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