Essay Gender Bias : Antigone, Antigone And The Ruler Of Thebes

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Gender Bias in Antigone In Sophocles ' Antigone, gender biases are quite prevalently used to portray the inequality between men and women in a misogynistic society. Sophocles used the major conflict between Kreon and Antigone to demonstrate this ideology. Kreon, who was Antigone’s uncle and the ruler of Thebes, would not listen to her reasoning simply because she was a woman. To this effect, the community viewed Antigone as a rebellious, headstrong woman for the same reasons. However if she were a man, she would have been treated differently. Her strong opinions would make it seem as though she was a strong-willed person standing up for what she believed in. Also, Sophocles used Antigone 's sister, Ismene, as a portrayal of how women in ancient Greece should behave in society. Ismene was a passive, submissive and easily controlled woman. In the time period of this play, women were viewed as less equal to men and not considered to be a “person” within society. Men were held with respect, honour and their opinions were valued. However, women were considered to be subservient to men, and they were not allowed to have an opinion. If women spoke or acted out of place, they would be punished, either by their husbands, fathers, or through the legal system. Antigone was an example of one such woman. Antigone’s life had taken a tragic turn after her father killed himself and her brothers, Polyneices and Eteocles, gravely wounded each other in battle, and both died of the…

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