Sophocles

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  • The Tragic Hero In Oedipus The King By Sophocles

    As Oscar Wilde once said “The truth is rarely pure and never simple.” This quote correctly portrays the tragedy that is reveled in Oedipus the king, written Sophocles. Oedipus who is the protagonist in the play is characterized as a tragic hero. As he is a man of high estate and suffers from a tragic flaw, combined with his own fate he is a man who is destined for his downfall. Despite all this, prior to his death, Oedipus shows redeeming qualities and order is finally restored. Oedipus is…

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  • Creon: The Tragic Hero Of Sophocles Antigone

    The tragic hero of Sophocles’ Antigone is Creon the uncle of Antigone. Creon represents masculine rules, state over family, and the gods who choose his side over anyone else. In doing so he has caused a lot of harm towards the ones he love. Creon actions led many to their deaths because what he was representing. Creon represents the tragic hero in Sophocles’ Antigone through his believes in choosing the state over his own family. Creon chooses the state over his family multiply times and doesn’t…

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  • Women's Role In Sophocles Antigone

    In ‘Antigone’ by Sophocles there are three main contributors to a new regime. They include fate, power and a woman role in society. The one factor that makes a large impact within the story is how women behave and act in a society. The story revolves around Antigone violating the rules implemented and disobeying them. King Creon who recently received the title as king established the new regime. He was in shock and disbelief that Antigone, who is a woman would go against his rules. Men should…

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  • Sophocles Use Of Reason In Oedipus The King

    Sophocles’ tragic play, Oedipus the King, serves as yet another didactic tool of Ancient Greek culture. It heavily focuses on the recurrent theme that a fate assigned by the gods can not be escaped by any means. Sophocles embodies this theme through his tragic hero Oedipus. Even though Oedipus proves himself as a confident capable leader, his tragic flaw is seen through his consistent use of human reason in his attempt to locate the murderer of king Laius. His hubris contributes to his downfall…

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  • The Consequences Of Morality In Antigone By Sophocles

    The play Antigone is intended to portray that morality is more important than the law. In order to demonstrate this, Sophocles presents a situation in which a woman is willing to go to the extremes, even facing death, in order to fight for what she believes is right. The play struggles with the idea of right versus wrong, the characters are forced to make decisions based on their conscience even if it does not coincide with the law. The purpose of laws is to set a standard of conduct for the…

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  • The Tragic Figure In Oedipus Rex By Sophocles

    On the last page of Oedipus Rex by Sophocles, the quote “Therefore we must call no man happy while he waits to see his last day, not until he has passed the border of life and death without suffering pain”(Sophocles 108), embodies the moral of the tragic play. Even though Oedipus tries to take control of his free will, he only makes his fate come true. No man is happy until he is at peace, and he is only at peaces when he is dead after that man has suffered in his life. In the play, Oedipus…

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  • Ancient Greek Tragedy In Sophocles Antigone

    have been new variations of play writing over the centuries, there’s no denying that great writers, like Sophocles, paved the way for theatre as a whole. More specifically, he creates stories that reflect upon the principles of Greek Society. Antigone is one of Sophocles’ most famous plays and can be considered the ideal tragedy in theatre, particularly for ancient Greek mythology. Sophocles’ story of Antigone perfectly illustrates the ancient Greek ideal of theatre, specifically concerning…

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  • Power Of Fate Revealed In Sophocles 'Antigone'

    Antigone Revised Essay Imagine having two forces wreaking havoc in your head. Antigone had this same havoc between two forces whenever she wanted to bury her brother, Polyneices. In Antigone, Sophocles uses the forces of appeasing authority and following one’s desires to illuminate the power of fate. Due to Antigone being torn on appeasing authority, the power of fate is illuminated. When Antigone hears the news about Polyneices, the thought of obeying crosses her mind. Antigone, at first, is…

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  • Breaking The Law Revealed In Sophocles Antigone

    for her diseased brother, morally believed it was right to break the law and bury him. Antigone tries to get her sister, Ismene, to help her in the act of burying their brother, but she refuses (Sophocles). Ismene states that she cannot break the law, or disrespect her citizenship by burying him (Sophocles). Their brother, Polyneices, was treated unfairly by not being buried alongside with his brother Eteocles, who Creon, the King, allowed a burial and respected farewell for. Creon strictly…

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  • The Moral Dilemma Of Conformity In Sophocles Antigone

    retain their unique characteristics and values, they are susceptible to persecution. Because their potential effects, one may struggle to discover moderation between conformity and nonconformity. This struggle is an idea that can be explored in Sophocles’ Antigone. In this Greek tragedy, Creon, the king of Thebes, wrongfully sentences his daughter-in-law Antigone to death and eventually…

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