Sophocles ' Antigone By Sophocles Essay

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Sophocles, the Greek author of Antigone, used his work to relay messages about the many issues implanted within society. In his play Antigone, the tragic heroine faces the consequences of defying the law. She goes against her uncle, the king, and questions his authorities. Throughout the text, the reader is exposed to many different situations in which Antigone tries to justify and defend what she did. In the play Antigone, Sophocles uses the characters and the plot to show the consequences of solely following your mind and doing what keeps you safe in contrast with following your heart and doing what is consciously right.
In the play, the characters experience many internal consequences for their choices. For example, in the beginning Ismene, Antigone’s sister is troubled with the decision help her sister who wants to bury her brother polyneices or following the law that Creon forbids it. Unlike Antigone, who is impulsive and recalcitrant, Ismene is reasonable and obedient. In the Prologue of the play, When Antigone goes to tell share the news, her sister’s first response is “No, I have heard nothing”(Sophocles 1068). When Antigone tells her what she wanted to do, Ismene reveals her passivity and helplessness. She calls Antigone mad and using reason she decides, “ I must yield to those in authority. and I think it is dangerous business to always be meddling ”(Sophocles 1070). This indicates that Ismene followed her mind and choose to be safe from the rule of law. On the…

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