Essay on Antigone

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Sophocles’ theme is traversed throughout the trilogy showing how Sophocles views a tragic hero. It is essential to first know the background information behind Antigone in order to fully comprehend the story. Two new characters are introduced in the previous play, Oedipus in Colonus. The story, Oedipus Rex, leaves off with Creon banishing Oedipus from Thebes. Because of his suffering, Oedipus exits Thebes as a humbled and god-centered individual. At the time, society expected the son to foster the wellbeing of a parent, especially if he or she was disabled. Neither Polyneices nor Eteocles desired to attend to their father’s protection. Antigone, the elder and zealous daughter, decides to risk her life to protect her father due to …show more content…
Ismene explains that Creon has been ruling as the regent of Thebes. Ismene also reveals that Oedipus’ twin sons, Polyneices and Eteocles, desire to be king. Polyneices, Eteocles, and Creon formulate a plan in which the brothers will alternate throne annually. However, Eteocles has a different plan in mind; he introduces Polyneices to the daughter of the king of Argos, King Adrastus. King Adrastus is offering Polyneices his daughter, and the two lovers spend time with each other. Ismene believes that Oedipus can return to Thebes and resolve the dispute between the brothers; however, Oedipus disagrees. Hopeless, Ismene reveals saying that Creon is on his way to forcibly take Oedipus, put him in a shack next to the city’s walls, and settle the argument. Surprisingly, instead of a messenger returning, Theseus himself appears and desires to hear the story for himself. Theseus recognizes Oedipus as a redeemed individual and invites him to reside in the palace. Oedipus reveals his sense of the prophecy implying that he must stay in the grove. At this point of the play, Creon enters and talks privately with Oedipus. Creon wants Oedipus to return to Thebes claiming that he has robbed his daughter, Antigone, of a full life. Oedipus reprimands Creon saying that it is not Creon’s position to punish but the gods. Infuriated, Creon orders that Oedipus along with Antigone and

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