Anouilh's Debole: The Two Sides Of Antigone

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The Two Sides of Antigone
Antigone is a strong willed young woman that makes a difficult decision to disobey the king’s rule. Making the decision to disobey King Creon’s edict comes with a heavy consequence; for both herself and the people that love her the most. Throughout both plays Antigone tries to convince Creon why it is right to give her brother, Polyneices, a proper burial. He has been deemed a traitor by the King and shall receive no burial of his body while his brother Eteocles was honored properly. Antigone does not agree with this and will try any means necessary to make sure her brother is respected. Antigone is a headstrong young woman that through her passion and defiance tries to make sure her family is honored properly, however,
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She tells him “you’re too sensitive to be a tyrant.” (Sarah 2015) In Anouilh’s play it is Antigone that is more forceful with her actions than Creon. She is the one that chooses her fate. Her character is more defiant in Anouilh’s version. She lies to the nurse and Antigone is set on respecting her brother by burying him and returning him to the earth. “Antigone, in trying to bury her brother, is making him live forever.” (Sarah, 2013) Antigone was caught trying to cover the body with dirt and was arrested. This leads to her relentless plead to take her consequence. Antigone would “rather die than have their dirty hands on her.” (Anouilh 15) While in Sophocles version Creon sentences Antigone to death, Anouilh’s version he tries to delay the process of her death by sentencing her to a cave. Antigone being the strong willed young women she is insist on her death to Creon. Antigone is not willing to go along with a cover up from Creon. She says “Uncle Creon, you are going to a lot of trouble for no good reason. You must know that I 'll do it all over again tonight.” (Anouilh 17) Antigone’s persistent free will is what gets her to this point in the story. In Sophocles version she is astonished Creon has proclaimed death on her for doing what she sees is right and in Anouilh’s version she is opposed to Creon covering up what she did. Antigone argues with Creon trying to justify her actions saying “those who are not buried wander eternally and find no rest.” (Anouilh 17) Antigone while defiant was no liar, because she did what she believed in. She is portrayed in Anouilh’s version not so much as a hero but a person who stands up for what she believes in. Antigone does not want to live by other’s standards and wants to be her own person with her own thoughts. Antigone is compared to her father highly in Anouilh’s version with Creon saying “I can see your father in you - and I believe you.” (Anouilh 18) In Sophocles

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