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Analysis Of Antigone By Sophocles

1285 words - 6 pages

Miguel Perez
Written Assignment: Antigone
5/28/2014
In the play “Antigone” by Sophocles we the reader are presented with the tragic events that befell that of Antigone (the character) when he tried to do right by the laws endowed by the gods. These laws would inevitably clash with the royal edict King Creon asserted (no one was to “grace him with sepulture or lament, but leave him unburied…Antigone 11). In the play Antigone becomes the embodiment of the natural laws; endowed upon by the gods, and those who oppose these laws will eventually buckle but only when all has been lost.
From the get-go of the play we can already witness Antigone assuming the role of the natural laws. This can be ...view middle of the document...

This wonderful nugent supplied by none other than Sophocles himself provides concrete evidence that Antigone is in fact natural law. Not only that but the evidence also begins to build to support the claim that those who oppose the natural laws will face ruin from the mouth on Creon himself. Stating “chafing at this edict, wagging their heads in secret…” (Antigone, 14). In the dialogue between Creon and Antigone we once again witness the natural laws that Antigone follows, when questioned by Creon if she had transgressed the law Antigone replies with “Yes; for it was not Zeus that had published me that edict…” (Antigone, 20). And when faced with the question that even though Polynices had died with the blood of none other than his kin Eteocles Antigone rebuked this with “Hades desires these rites.” (Antigone, 23).
As the story progresses we as an audience member can deduce the tension that is mounting in the city of Thebes. With each passing instance we get closer to the final hours that Antigone has left on this plane of mortals the outcry from the citizens grow. While discussing his actions to proceed with the murdering of Antigone with Haemon; Creon testifies to the growing turmoil in the city stating that “since I have taken her, alone of all the city, in open disobedience…” (Antigone, 30). Here we see that Creon’s sovereignty is starting to wane, this mass disapproval from his fellow citizens is only the beginning of what is to befall King Creon. The first of these disparities is that the king loses his son, at this point he hasn’t loss him to the underworld but instead they lost their father son relationship. Leader is the one to fully confirm this in that he in speaking to Creon says “the man is gone, O king, in angry haste; a youthful mind, when stung, is fierce.” (Antigone, 35). Continuing on with his initial plan Creon has sent his guards to escort Antigone to her final resting place we can see how the people of Thebes have shifted to her side, this can be extrapolated in that the Chorus (which we will assume is the general public) states in the antistrophe “and no more keep back the streaming tears, when I see Antigone thus passing the bridal chamber where all are laid to rest.” (Antigone, 37). The people are now falling in line with the natural rights that Antigone represents, so much so that it was stated that no women ever merited less doom. At this point the Chorus has become infatuated with Antigone strife, and in this obsession they utter the following “Yet she was a goddess, thou...

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