The Tragedy Of Antigone And Kreon 's Origins Of Pride And Reactions

1147 Words Oct 30th, 2016 5 Pages
Through examination of Antigone’s and Kreon’s origins of pride and reactions to consequences in Sophocles’ Antigone, I found that Antigone herself drew more of my sympathy. Her brother’s improper burial as her basis of pride along with her steadfastness through times of retribution appeals significantly to the pathos of the audience. Such qualities—especially in contrast to Kreon’s selfish hamartia of hubris—provide for a tip in the scale of sympathy in favor of Antigone in the Greek tragedy. The initial moment in which Sophocles presents an opportunity for the audience to sympathize with Antigone arises at the first mention of Polyneices. Antigone introduces the plot-defining circumstance with “[h]as not Kreon honored only one of our / two brothers with a tomb, and dishonored the other?” (20–21), and continues to draw audience empathy by continued mournful description: “…as for Polyneices’ miserable corpse, / they say the townsfolk have received proclamation, / that none may shroud him in a tomb or wail for him; he must be left unwept, unburied, treasure sweet / for watching birds to feed on at their pleasure,” (25–28). The use of remorseful diction and disturbing imagery furthers Antigone’s character’s appeal to sympathy. Sophocles sets the scene with Antigone mourning her brother, enlightening the audience of her reasoning for all of the actions she will take by the end of the play. Antigone feels so strongly toward honoring her brother, that she is willing to die…

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