Sophocles

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  • Blind Patriotism In Sophocles Antigone

    There is an inevitable internal conflict waiting to occur in every person who knows they need to make a personal decision that goes against the teachings of their nation or deities. In Lucretius’ On the Nature of Things, as well as Antigone by Sophocles, a heavier emphasis is placed on humans and humanity rather…

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  • Free Will In Sophocles Oedipus Rex

    Around 430 B.C., an Athenian tragedian, Sophocles, wrote the play Oedipus Rex. Capturing the complexity of human consciousness, Sophocles pitted fate and free will against one another in order to make the tragic fall of Oedipus impactful to the audience by invoking a sense of pity and sadness for his character. It can be argued that in this play, individual free will instead of fate was the dominant factor that made Oedipus a tragic hero because of his sharp decline from beloved king to…

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  • The Homeric Hero In Sophocles Antigone

    In Sophocles’ tragedy Antigone, Antigone is a woman who fights for her right to bury her deceased brother, Polyneices, going against the king’s laws. Antigone proves herself to be a Homeric hero through her actions. In comparison with characters from the mind of Homer, who made many heroes in his works, Antigone is most like Achilleus and Hektor, from The Iliad. Achilleus in that she follows through in what she believes is right and isn 't afraid to speak up to authority, and Hektor in the…

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  • Tragic Hero In Sophocles Antigone

    Tragic Hero Essay “Lead me away. I have been rash and foolish. I have killed my son and my wife.” -Creon Antigone, the play written by Sophocles, is about the dangers of pride and how it causes catastrophe for Creon. He nevers listens to reason or anybody else because he does not want to admit when he is wrong. He does this out of pride and it eventually ends up accidentally killing the ones he loves most and leaves him with nothing. Creon’s loved ones died because he was doomed to face a…

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  • The Burial In Sophocles Antigone

    Antigone, the protagonist and namesake of the play by Sophocles, is a courageous and ambitious character for unapologetically breaking laws of the city to do what she sees is right. Both of Antigone's brothers Eteocles and Polyneices have died in a war against each other, but only Eteocles is given a proper burial by the King. Antigone believes a burial is essential for someone to find peace after death, so she is reasonably upset. She decides that if no one else will do it, she will bury…

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  • The Deaths Of Tragedy In Sophocles Antigone

    In Sophocles Antigone, the reader is forced to ask her/himself a few different questions that would help to answer some of the problems in the story. These questions the reader would ask are who is responsible for what happens in the end of the story of Antigone? The next question is, could any tragedy in the story be avoided if any characters would have acted differently? Lastly do any of the characters share similar characteristics? These questions would help the reader determine who was right…

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  • Comparing Oedipus, Sophocles, And Euripides

    There were three great tragedians in Greek Society: Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides. (1) Sophocles’s works were between Aeschylus and Euripides. Sophocles had written 123 plays during his life is the information we can get from Suda, a 10th-century encyclopedia. However, only seven of the plays were completely being saved. One of the plays that were being saved is Oedipus at Colonus, which was the last play Sophocles wrote. (2) Sophocles’s life experiences had influenced how he wrote his…

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  • Sophocles Oedipus Rex Analysis

    two main ways of interpreting Sophocles Oedipus Rex, as far as the main theme of the tragedy is concerned; “The first one could be marked “the tragedy about infallibility or power of divinity”, the second could be labelled “the tragedy of arriving at the truth” ” (Grelka 2013). It is the view of this author that Sophocles intended a much more progressive concept for his ancient Greek audience than simply the “infallibility of divinity”, that the main idea of Sophocles work leans more towards a…

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  • Sophocles Antigone: A Tragic Tale

    that is representative of many tragic tales, in which a great lesson is learned too late for it to be put into use. Tragedies are known to be found frequently in Greek plays. One of the most famous Greek playwrights, Sophocles, still has surviving texts that remain in print today. Sophocles is best known for his work in what is referred to as The Theban Plays. The last of these plays Antigone, is one well worth noting as a literary work and does an effective job of wrapping up the story of what…

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  • Sister Sisters In Sophocles Antigone

    Sister Sister: A Comparison of Two unlike Girls Sophocles was an astonishing Athenian playwright who excelled in theater; he wrote more than one hundred twenty plays. He was most well-known for his dominant female characters and insights on life like in his famous work “Antigone.” The theme of this particular play was “the law of the gods is more important than the law of man.” In ancient Greece, citizens highly respected the gods; there were specific burial practices used in order to make…

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