Essay on Antigone : A Fiery Argument Between Two Sisters

1196 Words Oct 7th, 2015 5 Pages
Antigone began with a fiery argument between two sisters: Antigone and Ismene. The play was written by Sophocles, a Greek playwright born in the 400’s. Sophocles’ main goal in writing Antigone was to let people in his time period that the gods were not to be messed with. The main theme in the play is that the gods are always above man. The gods’ laws are more important than the king’s laws; therefore, gods are more powerful than man. Throughout Antigone it is made clear that angering the gods will only cause major problems for everyone. As the play unfolds it is clear that Antigone and Ismene have few similarities and are foil characters, differing in motives, actions, and characteristics. Although the majority of Antigone and Ismene’s characteristics are shown through dialogue and indirect characterization, a few things can be directly gathered about them. First of all the stage directions state that Antigone speaks “softly” (Sophocles 700) when talking to Creon about Eteocles. Eteocles is already dead and by changing her tone of voice from argumentative to soft shows she has respect for her brother. When Ismene enters and tries to take credit for burying Polyneices Antigone’s attitude changed to “coldly” (Sophocles 701). Even though Antigone loves her sister, Ismene, very dearly, she still keeps her in their place. Antigone has done what she considers to be an honorable thing by burying Polyneices (Sophocles 689), and she is not about to let Ismene steal her thunder.…

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