Essay about Sophocles ' Antigone By Sophocles

1150 Words Oct 11th, 2015 5 Pages
Sophocles was a Greek playwright who wrote tragedies, and one of his more famous plays is "Antigone." Sophocles is known for his strong female characters and for his insight into human nature. The play, "Antigone," is a great example of this because the main character is Antigone, who is a girl. She is the daughter of Oedipus and is engaged to Creon’s son, Haimon. Oedipus, the previous king, had married his mother and killed his father, which brought a curse upon him and his family. At one point in the play Antigone even blames her death on Oedipus and the curse. Ismene is the other daughter of Oedipus. Antigone and Ismene have two brothers, named Polyneices and Eteocles, that both just died in a war a couple days before the play starts. The main conflict in the play is that the Creon, the current king, made a law that stated that Polyneices cannot be buried because he is a traitor, but Antigone decides to bury him anyway. She does this to please the gods and because she loves her brother. Ismene would not help Antigone for fear of death and as not to anger Creon. The sisters clash and do not agree during the play. At the end of the play, Antigone, Haimon, and Eurydice all commit suicide. The suicides could have all been avoided if Creon had not made a law that went against the laws of the gods. The theme of the play was that the gods’ laws come first and they need to be obeyed. Even though Antigone and Ismene are sisters, they differ greatly in their personalities, actions,…

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