Sophocles

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  • Anarchy In Sophocles Antigone

    Sophocles’ plays Oedipus Rex and Antigone present the Greek city state of Thebes in turmoil as citizens attempt to deal with the problems created by their leaders’ questionable actions and decisions. The chorus of Antigone presents the concepts of paternalism and anarchy in opposition in order to depict Antigone as ironically trapped between the edicts of two paternal figures: her uncle the king Creon and the ultimate father--Zeus. Throughout Antigone, Sophocles establishes anarchy as a societal taboo in Thebes. The chorus, in particular, stresses the idea that anarchy is unacceptable. After glorifying man in the first ode, the chorus proclaims that “When the laws are kept, how proudly [man’s] city stands! When the laws are broken, what of his city then! Never may the anarchic man find rest at my hearth” (Sophocles 204). The chorus’ use of anaphora--repeating the word “when”--in their proclamation adds extra emphasis to their message and clarifies to the audience that the chorus views anarchy as disastrous to the function of society. Furthermore, by using an exclamation point instead of a seemingly more fitting question mark in their phrase “what of his city then!” (Sophocles 204), the chorus affixes finality to their statement rather than leaving it to the audience to come…

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  • Tragedy In Antigone By Sophocles

    a trilogy written by Sophocles probably before 441 BC. The tragedy took place in Thebes city, right after the end of a war that doomed the city. The dispute mainly was between the king of the city Creon and his niece Antigone, when she disobeyed his orders and went on with burying her brother. The goal behind Sophocles’ tragedy Antigone was to show which matters are more important obeying the laws of the city or honoring the laws of gods and family. Antigone and her sister get back to the city…

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  • Loyalty In Sophocles Antigone

    that can define how and why a person acts. In Sophocles’ Antigone, the boundaries of loyalty are tested in every degree—the duty to one’s state versus the duty to family and the Gods. In a patriarchal society dominated by a tyrannical ruler and unjust laws, a young woman decides to pay the ultimate price for what she believes. Antigone buries her brother Polyneices against Creon’s decree because of her loyalty. In this play, the different aspects of loyalty to religion, state and family are…

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  • Power In Sophocles Antigone

    The nature of power is not only reflected in Sophocles’ play, Antigone, but also embodied by one of the main characters of the play, Creon. As newly anointed sovereign of the state of Thebes, Creon has many reasons to seek to establish himself as a powerful leader. Creon wants to maintain the peace throughout his recently war-ravaged country, ensuring that there is little resistance to his form of government. The main form of resistance to Creon revolves around the main conflict of the story.…

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  • Creon In Sophocles Antigone

    Creon’s definition of a good leader is: a ruler who is just, that always makes the right decision no matter what. The newly appointed king Creon made a declaration that no one is to touch the dead body of the traitor Polycienes or there would be a huge amount of punishment. Antigone both the niece of Creon and the sister of Polycienes, buried her brother’s dead body. While in a conversation between Creon and his son Hameon, Creon still unsure what to do about Antigone. “I’ll suppose [Antigone…

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  • Selflessness In Antigone By Sophocles

    King, Jr. and Sophocles both had the same idea of selfishness causing destruction Sophocles just wrote a play displaying that idea instead of saying it. In Antigone the famous play written by Sophocles, Antigone and her sister Ismene also Oedipus’s children decide to return to Thebes with the intention of helping their brothers, Eteocles and Polynices to avoid the fate that displays they will kill each other in a battle for the throne of Thebes. But upon her arrival in Thebes, Antigone learns…

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  • Sophocles Electra Analysis

    The ending of Sophocles' Electra is perhaps one of the most interesting endings of the Greek tragic plays, as it is incredibly dramatic yet at the same time somewhat anticlimactic. The play ends fittingly dramatically with murder, although it never actually occurs on stage; thus, the anticlimax. Although Electra is a Greek tragedy, it does not end in utterly tragic circumstance, nor does it finish in a blaze of glory. The ending is generally interpreted in one of two ways; 'light' or 'dark',…

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  • The Law In Sophocles Antigone

    When it comes to the notions of the law in Sophocles’ Antigone, most of us will readily agree that there were many contrasting beliefs among the characters. However, where this agreement usually ends is on the question of whether the law of the divine or the law of man is superior. The many instances in which the law of the divine and the law of man clash in Sophocles’ Antigone, and the many instances in which the laws of the gods are disobeyed in Homer’s the Odyssey suggest that the law of the…

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  • Morality In Sophocles Antigone

    right thing to do to a traitor of the state. However, Antigone believed that it was inhumane and morally incorrect to leave a body unburied, especially if it denied a safe passage to the underworld for her brother. In Antigone by Sophocles, Ismene argues that Antigone should not bury Polynices, but Antigone simply states: “He is my brother. And he is your brother too,” meaning that if you love someone, you should be willing to die for them, which is Antigone’s idea of what is morally right.…

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  • The Intricacy In Antigone By Sophocles

    The intricacy of the character of Antigone is well developed through the course of the play by Sophocles. Being a lead role in the play, Sophocles evidently intended for her character to be perhaps one of the most difficult to understand. Antigone plays a more masculine role, the laws of the city are being defied by her and no one seems to acknowledge the laws of the gods, which she feels, should be acknowledged more. Her temperament is the same in terms of her rebelliousness against Creon…

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