Essay about The Conflict Between Power And One 's Conscience

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Antigone by Sophocles Antigone is a Greek tragedy written by Sophocles. It is a tale about the conflict between a girl trying to honor her brother and a king who uses his power to forbid it. This Greek play symbolically demonstrates the inner conflict between power and one’s conscience. (Haigh) Antigone was the third and final installment of Sophocles popular trilogy after Oedipus the King and Oedipus at Colonus (Sayre). Sophocles, who lived from 496-406 BCE was a treasurer for Athenian polis, a general under Pericles and a financial advisor for the Athens during the Peloponnesian Wars as well as being a playwright (Sayre). He was an extremely influential and significant figure in fifth century BCE Athens. He wrote many plays, but only 7 survived, Antigone is one of them (Sayre). The first of the series, Oedipus the King, Sophocles writes the story of the Thebian king who unknowingly kills his father then marries his mother as prophesized by a blind psychic (Sayre). Oedipus then blinds himself to compensate for the murder of his father and the incest with his mother (Sayre). His mother and wife hangs herself, unable to bear all the wrongness. Antigone focuses on the struggle of the daughter of Oedipus and his mother (Sayre). When the kingdom of Thebes learned about Oedipus’s life and crimes his reputation is ruined (Sayre). The people hate him for what he’s done. Oedipus and his mothers’ children suffer from their father’s choices. The children suffer judgment for…

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