The Theme Of Tragedy In Sophocles Antigone

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Although the word tragedy is an attribute commonly used to recount any events that cause misfortune and great suffering; it even more treats as an illustration to the series of the sorrowful and unfortunate events induced upon a heroic soul. It is a work of art that embodies the misfortunes of its subjects, within a stylized undertone of austere diction, and prompts the questions raised about the human identity and it’s battle between the forces of good and evil that it so easily succumbs. Greek philosopher Aristotle defines tragedy as a dramatic manifestation of imitated actions that arouse the intimate emotions of pity and fear within its audience. One of the most famous tragedies to encompass this type of adverse saga is Sophocles’ Antigone, …show more content…
For this reason, Antigone is the daughter of an unforeseen incestuous marriage between King Oedipus of Thebes and his mother Jocasta. However, now both dead, there had been a war between her two brothers Eteocles and Polyneices, who had been feuding over who is in turn to rule the city. Now both of them dead; killed by each other, Antigone’s uncle Creon becomes ruler of Thebes and orders for her brother Eteocles, who defended the city, to be buried with full honors, and her other brother Polyneices, who invaded, to be unburied and left to rot; anyone who attempts to bury him will be condemned to public execution by stoning. Outraged, Antigone goes against her uncle’s law and buries her brother, and when Creon found out he sentenced her to death, ignoring the pleas of his son Haemon, who is also Antigone’s fiance. Deciding put her death in the hands of the gods, Creon sends Antigone into a cave and buries her alive and is shortly after met by Teiresias, a blind, old prophet, who warns Creon of an impending prophecy in consequence to his wrongful actions. Hearing this, Creon agrees to bury Polyneices and free his niece. However, his change of heart had come too late, for Antigone had hung herself and Haemon, driven by heartbreak and anger killed himself as well. The queen, Eurydice also commits …show more content…
She unknowingly created her exploits to match her defiance and unrelenting will of passion, invariably leading her to experience even more challenges and disappointments, as well as the final cause to her tragic misfortune. Her error in judgment and misguided attempts for political justice stimulated our ability as an audience to relate and become immersed with pity and fear. Tragedy tells of such misery and suffering. It is a plight that we pray to avoid. Aristotle’s definition of tragedy enables us to experience pity and fear through the tragic hero’s suffering. Ultimately what we should take back from these experiences is a lessoned learned. By evoking our unconscious layers of pity and fear through tragedies we can reflect and learn from our mistakes, and be brought to a state of contentment. We are not only granted as a result with newly found emotional appreciation and awareness, but we can learn how to direct our energies into a balanced state of emotional

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