Antigone Hamlet Actions

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"The Consequences of Our Convictions and Actions” in Antigone and Hamlet
I. Antigone
A. "Sophocles." Dictionary Of World Biography: The Ancient World (Sienkewicz) Sophocles was born about 496 B.C. in Colonus, a suburb just outside Athens, Greece. He was born into a wealthy family and was well educated in poetry, music, and dancing. His family status and his education prepared him to play important roles in the Athenian society. At the age of fifteen, he was selected to lead the boys’ chorus, in a public celebration of Athen’s unexpected victory over the Persians. Along with this achievement, Sophocles held many leadership roles in government. He was a treasurer in the Delian League of the Athenian Empire, he was elected to serve as a general during the rebellion of Samos and was a priest of Halon that helped introduce the worship of Asclepius, the god of healing. Sophocles greatest achievement is his continuing popularity as a dramatist. Sophocles wrote the tragedy “Antigone” along with more than 120 plays, but only seven complete tragedies have survived over time. He also performed in many of his earlier plays. In 468 B.C., Sophocles competed at least thirty times against two established playwrights, Aeschylus and Euripides, in a dramatic competition at the Festival of
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She struggles with the overwhelming odds of her morals and the state laws. She specifically had to choose whether to go against her convictions, obey the law, and live or do what she thought was right by putting her family before state, giving her brother a proper burial. In choosing to try to bury her brother, knowing this meant death for her, she did consider the other consequences of her actions which led to the death of Creon’s wife and her lover Haemon. The final sense the audience feels is sympathy towards Antigone, knowing she put her family before herself and the law, while Creon was abusing his

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