Antigone

In the tradition of all great Greek tragedies, Sophocles created a masterpiece when he wrote the play Antigone.The play contains a similar plot to a tragedy such as Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet because the play focuses on what lengths people go to when they cannot be with the ones they love.The play begins on a down note because the main character, Antigone, and her sister Ismene are the daughters of the exiled Oedipus whose luck was ill fated after he married his mother and killed his father.
Antigone is upset because her brother Polyneices was killed and his body was left to rot.Her sister does not support Antigone’s decision to have a proper burial for their brother and she is afraid of what Creon, who is the ruler of Thebes, wrath will be.Antigone is in engaged to Haemon, the son of Creon.Antigone follows through with her plan to her brother and this angers Creon.Creon decision is to exile Antigone to a cave for life and spare Ismene.Haemon begs his father to spare Antigone but his pleading does not work and Haemon vows to never see his father again.
Teiresias, the blind prophet, enters .He warns Creon that the gods side with Antigone.Creon accuses Teiresias of being corrupt, and Teiresisas responds that because of Creon’s mistakes, he will lose one child for the crimes of leaving Polyneices unburied and putting Antigone into the earth.All of Greece will despise him, and the sacrificial offerings of Thebes will not be accepted by the gods.The chorus asks Creon to take their advice and to bury Polyneices and save Antigone.Creon agrees to do this but before he can, a messenger tells Creon and his wife Eurydice that Haemon and Antigone have both taken their lives.Eurydice disappears and Creon goes to visit his son’s body.Creon mourns because he realizes his actions have caused these events.Another messenger arrives to tell Creon that his wife has killed herself and with her last dying breath she h…

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Antigone

The character that generated the most emotional response for me was Antigone.Atfirst she made me feel sorry for her because of what happened to her brother and she was only fulfilling a duty that she thought she had.I was able to relate to this duty.Perhaps I feel this way because I have three brothers of my own and would probably initially, have the same reaction as Antigone did if something would have happened like that to one of my brothers.
There is a strong sense of family that my parents have instilled into my brothers and me and I think that's where Antigone thought her duty came into play.I don't think that I would go to the great extremes that Antigone did.I would probably come to my senses and realize that there is more to life than just death and pride and there were other people who still needed me to be there.
Then as the play continued and I read and watched her argue with Creon.She atfirst made me feel proud of her because she was standing for what she believed in and wasn't bowing down to pressure from a man.Then as the argument continued I started to feel sorry for her because she wasn't getting anywhere with her argument and was just lost in grief it seemed.By the end of the scene, I was just plain annoyed.She had millions of opportunities to say I tried my hardest and maybe the right thing to do is be quiet and go on with my life, but NO, she had to be a whiny spoiled brat and throw a fit for what seemed to me way too long!Who wants to listen to someone whine for that long?Not me!
At the end of the play when the audience finds out Antigone and Haemon are dead I thought to myself well at least she will have her dignity and pride with her and I respected her for that.
Konstantine forced me to look at my relationship with my family a different way.Seeing how his mother treated him throughout the play really made me thankful that my mother at least care…

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