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Antigone

The Choral Ode title "Ode II" takes place between lines 465 and 492, between scenes ii and iii. Choral Odes usually take place between scenes or divide scenes. The Chorus comments on what has just...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2017 4:09 pm UTC

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In punishment for Antigone's decision to bury her brother, Creon orders her to be executed by way of entombment. This is the context which shapes this encounter to which your question refers....

Latest answer posted April 17, 2021 5:37 am UTC

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Antigone commits suicide by hanging herself, but the roots of her death lie in following the moral law of the gods rather than the immoral law of her uncle, Creon. Creon has decreed death to anyone...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2021 3:31 pm UTC

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A works cited page is the Modern Language Association’s name for a reference page. Other citation styles, such as APA, would use the title References rather than Works Cited. Having a works cited...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2019 5:24 pm UTC

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Sophocles's classic play Antigone is considered a tragedy, where the main character suffers extreme sorrow and loss as a result of the protagonist's tragic flaw. Creon is considered the protagonist...

Latest answer posted March 21, 2020 12:50 pm UTC

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Antigone's primary reason for wanting to bury Polynices is that it's in accordance with divine law. Once someone dies, their body isn't supposed to be just left to rot out in the streets; they must...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2019 7:02 am UTC

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The third choral ode of Sophocles' Antigone begins at line 665, just before the fight between Haemon and Creon. It begins: Blessed are those whose life has known no woe! The main theme of this...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2016 11:12 pm UTC

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In Antigone by Sophocles, the Chorus, which consists of a group of Theban elders who are advisers to King Creon, performs three important roles. First, they provide information about what takes...

Latest answer posted July 27, 2019 2:46 pm UTC

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One can view Haemon, Creon's son and Antigone's fiance, in different ways. Indeed, he shows several contradictory traits in the play. At first when he appears, he seems submissive and conciliatory....

Latest answer posted February 5, 2017 6:34 am UTC

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Both the rewards and the difficulties of interpreting the fourth choral ode of Sophocles’ Antigone have been dealt with very fully by Reginald Pepys Winnington-Ingram in his book Sophocles: An...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2011 6:33 am UTC

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The lesson I learn from "Antigone" is that you have to be ready to accept the consequences of your convictions. Not only is she loyal to her brother and her religious beliefs, brave when...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2012 10:20 pm UTC

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Dramatic irony is evident when the audience, or reader, is privy to information to which the characters in the play are not. In Antigone, much of the dramatic irony surrounds issues of gender and...

Latest answer posted December 26, 2015 5:12 am UTC

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The role of the "Ode to Man" in Antigone is primarily didactic; that is to say it is designed to teach an important message. Sung by the Chorus, the Ode reveals to the audience the full complexity...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2019 6:13 am UTC

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In Antigone by Sophocles, Haemon is the son of Creon and engaged to marry Antigone. Creon has issued a proclamation that any person caught burying Polyneices will be stoned to death, as he...

Latest answer posted April 6, 2016 4:26 am UTC

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Antigone is considered one of Sophocles' most prominent works. A play of tragedy, Antigone was written around the year 441 BC. It is the third of a set of three plays. The set of three plays,...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2016 5:53 pm UTC

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As king, Creon decrees that son of the former king, rebel Polynices, shall not be buried and shall rot in the open as an example to others that would think of taking action against the state....

Latest answer posted February 13, 2015 5:23 pm UTC

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Other Educators have explored the various reasons that Antigone might have committed suicide, and the extent to which her suicide reflects her beliefs and ideals. Antigone makes no mention of...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2020 8:03 pm UTC

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It is the job of the Greek Chorus to both participate in the events of the play and comment on these events. In Antigone, the Chorus is of Theban Elders, which suggests that they are the ones who...

Latest answer posted November 4, 2010 8:51 pm UTC

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Ismene is presented as the ideal of how a woman in Ancient Greek society was expected to be: passive, demure, and obedient. She understands why her sister Antigone behaves the way she does but...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2018 5:28 am UTC

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The Chorus in Antigone reflects the attitude of the citizens of Thebes. At first, the Chorus supports Creon’s position, as he is the King of Thebes and is trying to return Thebes to stability after...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2016 3:27 pm UTC

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In a classic example of shooting the messenger, Creon angrily threatens the sentry who informs him about Polyneices' burial, ordering him to find out who buried the body on pain of death. It's not...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2018 8:44 am UTC

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Antigone's stone tomb The tomb to which Antigone is condemned symbolizes her ultimate loyalty. She does not care about her uncle's laws—Antigone is loyal to her dead brothers. The tomb could also...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2019 5:11 pm UTC

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An interesting way of thinking about theme in Antigone is through an analysis of the contrast between Antigone and Ismene. A defensible thesis statement could be: Antigone is a proto-feminist...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2016 9:47 pm UTC

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Creon is in a notably difficult position in the play Antigone. The city of Thebes has undergone numerous misfortunes, including the death of Laius, a plague, the discovery that the city's savior...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2016 8:55 pm UTC

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At first, Haemon flatters the absolutist king Creon by declaring his complete loyalty to him and by extension the state. This was a smart move as it puts the king at ease and hopefully in a better...

Latest answer posted December 22, 2018 1:37 am UTC

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Thebes isn't a democracy. Creon is king and what he says goes. He's given a very specific order, and he expects it to be obeyed without question: Polyneices's body must be left to rot out in the...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2018 5:37 am UTC

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At the end of the tragic events, Creon blames his own hubris for his tragic end. As a result of his excessive pride and stubbornness, King Creon suffers the end of many a tragic Greek hero: he...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2017 9:39 pm UTC

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Ismene in the youngest daughter of Oedipus and Jocasta, and the sister of Antigone, Polyneices, and Eteocles. Ismene appears as a child in Sophocles's Oedipus Rex and as a grown woman in Antigone...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2019 3:35 am UTC

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Antigone's whole nature is stubborn. She is determined to honor both the memory of her brother, Polynices, and the higher law of the gods. Almost everything she says and does in the play is...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2017 8:48 am UTC

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To answer your question, one must consider the collective background of the story as well as the individual characteristics of each character. In Antigone by Sophocles, the two characters in your...

Latest answer posted December 25, 2018 2:44 am UTC

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Scholars have explored and debated a number of themes for Sophocles's ancient Greek tragedy, Antigone, including fate versus free will, laws versus justice, moral law versus man-made laws, divine...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2019 1:01 am UTC

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That’s a good question, one that Sophocles does not answer for us in Antigone. Ismene’s final appearance in the play happens in the middle as she asks Antigone to let her share her fate, which is...

Latest answer posted April 4, 2012 12:38 pm UTC

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In the play, King Oedipus has died, leaving his two sons, Eteocles and Polynices, to battle over the throne. When both Eteocles and Polynices die in combat, Creon becomes the king of Thebes. As...

Latest answer posted April 6, 2016 3:29 pm UTC

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Antigone is one of ancient playwright Sophocles' most famous works. A tragedy, the play Antigone was written around 441 BC. It is the third of three plays. The set of three plays, the "Theban...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2016 6:20 pm UTC

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Creon treats Polynices as a traitor, though whether he actually is a traitor is left ambiguous. Polynices was supposed to share the rule of Thebes with his brother, Eteocles, the two alternating...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2018 5:13 pm UTC

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Haemon tries to get Creon to see sense in order to make him realize just how potentially damaging his decision regarding Antigone could be. Haemon approaches his father in a suitably respectful...

Latest answer posted March 21, 2018 8:39 am UTC

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Antigone is a tragic hero in both the modern sense and the classic sense. She is a good person—probably the only person in the play willing to stand by her convictions—and she dies as a result....

Latest answer posted November 13, 2019 4:44 am UTC

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In Antigone, written by Sophocles in about 440 BC, Creon has become King of Thebes at the death of his nephews, Eteocles and Polyneices, who killed each other in a civil war over which one of them...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2019 11:16 pm UTC

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In his first speech, Creon aligns himself with a concern for the integrity of the state. "...I have nothing but contempt for the kind of Governor who is afraid, for whatever reason, to follow the...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2015 2:52 pm UTC

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Ismene is a clear foil to her bolder sister Antigone. Antigone lives by her moral convictions and the law of the gods. She is not afraid to stand up to male power to do what is right. Ismene, at...

Latest answer posted April 18, 2019 11:44 pm UTC

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Antigone comes from a seriously dysfunctional family. Antigone's father, Oedipus, former King of Thebes, killed his father, Laius, who was King of Thebes before Oedipus. Oedipus didn't know that...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2019 2:34 am UTC

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The Exodus or closing lines of Antigone emphasize the play's overall theme and stress the cause of Creon's tragic downfall. The Choragos (in some translations also called "Leader" or simply...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2009 5:14 am UTC

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The external conflict in Sophocles' Antigone between the title character and her sister Ismene is pretty straightforward, but it evolves slightly by the end of the play. In the beginning Antigone...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2019 9:35 pm UTC

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The dialogue between Haemon and Creon begins with relatively long speeches in which both men claim to be using reason to support their arguments. As the quarrel intensifies, the lines become...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2018 6:40 pm UTC

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When Ismene speaks of women's weaknesses and how this makes them incapable of fighting with men, she communicates a traditional view of women in society. Antigone has asked Ismene to help her break...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2015 11:05 pm UTC

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Creon is a significant tragic character precisely because of the way he changes. At the opening of the play, he is in some ways an admirable man, trying to hold Thebes together after the curse has...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2019 10:19 am UTC

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Sophocles took a rather nuanced view of humanity, and Antigone epitomizes that perfectly, mostly in the speeches or comments of the character Creon, who assumes the throne upon the deaths of...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2017 2:19 am UTC

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When considering this question, it's important to note that Antigone is the final play of Sophocles's Oedipus trilogy and takes part within a wider mythical context that the audiences of the time...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2018 4:11 pm UTC

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Creon seems to undergo an awakening of consciousness during the course of the play. This involves improved understanding of his duty to the gods and his family, with compassion toward his niece...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2018 2:59 am UTC

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In Scene 2 of Antigone, the Choragos, the leader of the Chorus, gives voice to both sides of the debate over whether Antigone deserves to die for having buried the corpse of her brother, Polynices,...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2018 10:08 am UTC

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