How are the women portrayed in Sophocles's play Antigone?

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Antigone is a strong woman who understands that her will does not need to be secondary to the will of men. She feels empowered to make her own decisions, even if they contradict the decisions of the men that society has bestowed with power.

Ismene, her sister, disagrees. She has bought into the men's ideas that they are the only ones capable of ruling. Ismene thinks women are weak, and she thinks it is important to live up to the expectations set for her by the men who rule.

Over the course of the play, we see Antigone make the decisions she feels are right while both Ismeme and the men fight her for it. Ultimately, this play is a critique of sexist ideas. This play condemns the sexism of men, and Sophocles upholds Antigone's actions as passionate and just.

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Throughout the play, Sophocles depicts women as being marginalized and subservient to men. However, Antigone defies the cultural context of Thebes by openly challenging Creon 's decree. When Antigone declares her plan to bury her dead...

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