Negative Diction In Antigone

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In the play, Antigone by the well-known Greek playwright, Sophocles uses various different methods of helping the reader understand the point of the play or meaning behind the play. Sophocles uses various characters such as Creon, Antigone, Haemon, Eurydice, and the Seer, Tiresias to develop his point. In addition, the plot Sophocles uses also enables the reader to be able to figure out the meaning. However, it also suggests Sophocles’ view on the plot of Antigone. Furthermore, through diction from the characters it is evident that Sophocles believes that Antigone is right. In the beginning of play Sophocles uses Antigone to introduce the problem. Sophocles uses descriptive diction with negative connotation for example “martial law”, which …show more content…
Tiresias says “Stubbornness brands you for stupidity—pride is a crime”. Tiresias tells Creon that the gods are furious at him and unless he turns from his decree misfortune will fall upon him. For example, when Tiresias says “The gods are deaf to our prayers….but once the wrong is done, a man can turn his back on folly”. (163)However, rather than heeding to the advice of someone who has helped Thebes on multiple occasions, he comes back by saying “you shoot your arrows at my head” (163). Furthermore this demonstrates that how stubborn Creon …show more content…
However Sophocles makes Creon deny their advice. Then Sophocles uses misfortune to finally break Creon. Finally Sophocles makes Creon understand that he was wrong to ignore the advice given. Furthermore, if Creon had listened to Antigone would have avoided such misfortune. Moreover if Sophocles had not allowed Creon to face misfortune then one could interpret it as Creon is right to have that law. Furthermore if he doesn’t face misfortune and the only character to face it was Antigone then one could interpret it as Antigone is wrong for her actions. However since Creon in the end endures worse misfortune than Antigone, Sophocles makes it clear that Antigone is right for her

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