Essay about Sophocles ' The Tragic Play ' Antigone '
Professor Rima Gulshan
Antigone The tragic play “Antigone” was written by Sophocles, one of the three great writers of tragedies in ancient Greece. Antigone is one of Sophocles’ Theban plays. Theban Plays consist of three plays which are Oedipus the king, Oedipus at Colonus and Antigone (Russello). These three plays represent the history and faith of Thebes during king Oedipus’ and king Creon’s Kingdom. The play starts with Antigone talking to her sister, Ismene to help her bury one of their brothers, Polynices. Burying Polynices was forbidden law with the death penalty and it was made by Antigone’s uncle, Creon. Antigone buried her brother all by herself and even though she was aware of the law of the state, she scarified her life and gave her brother a proper burial. Therefore, she got caught and was sentenced to death. Haemon is another character in the play who was Creon’s son and also Antigone’s fiancé. He begged his father to stop the guards, but it was too late and Antigone had already hung herself before getting immure. Haemon then stabbed himself beside Antigone and died in the arms of his beloved. When Eurydice, Creon’s wife, found out about her son’s death, she also stabbed herself by the altar and passed on. By Haemon and Eurydice death, Creon was left alone all with his long lasting guilt and regret. Aristotle was a Greek philosopher and scientist who was born in Stagira, and studied philosophy in Plato’s Academy (Menn).…