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  • Kreon Looks Like A Fool
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    Ignorance In Sophocle's ancient Greek tragedy, Antigone, there is a woman who chooses to go with the feeling inside her heart and obey law of the Gods, rather than to obey civil law. Antigone's bother Eteocles was given a proper burial after a war in their homeland of Thebes. She wants her brother, Polynices, who was the enemy, also to be given a proper burial, but the king prohibits the burial. Kreon, the king, is the protagonist who displays hubris in his quest for absolute power. Without reas...
  • Change In Haimon's Views
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    Haimon has a certain tendency to be overlooked in Sophocles' Antigone. At first he appears to be a minor character, an accessory to the overt conflict occurring between Kreon and Antigone. We see Haimon supporting his father, but soon thereafter in conflict with him. Haimon expresses disregard for the life of his cold bride to be, yet is defined as being driven by lust. Several questions come up: who does Haimon really support, what drives his actions, and what is his ultimate intent? Unraveling...
  • Traditional Society By Antigone
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    The Comparison Between the Characters And The Chorus Meaning of Traditional Society In the short play Antigone, by Socrates, we find the chorus embodies the static voice of traditional society in many ways. In this play traditional society is following the rules and also obeying King Kreon and his rules. We will see how the characters Antigone, Kreon and Ismene relate to traditional society. The character Antigone is loyal to her family despite the unjust laws of Kreon. Antigone shows this by sa...
  • Gods Over Kreon
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    Choragos: There is no happiness where there is no wisdom; No wisdom but in submission to the gods. Big words are always punished, And proud men in old age learn to be wise. (158) Throughout Sophocles drama, Antigone, there are many themes that can be traced. One of the most predominant themes is god versus man, which appears not only in Antigone, but also in many of the classic Greek tragedies written in Sophocles time. This quotation above serves as the moral for this tragedy, which includes an...
  • Kreon's Tragic Downfall
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    "Think: all men make mistakes, but a good man yields when he knows his course is wrong, and he repairs the evil: the only crime is pride". Such was the admonition of the wise prophet Tiresias in Sophocles' Antigone. In literature as in life, men often stubbornly hold on to their precious pride and reek havoc on those who least deserve it. Unfortunately, men rescind their mistakes too late. Their hubris does not make them evil, but it is dubious whether they can be considered good, honorable men....
  • Kreon's Tragic Pride
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    In Antigone, both Antigone and Kreon could be considered the tragic hero of the play. A tragic hero, defined by A Dictionary of Literary, Dramatic and Cinematic Terms, is someone who suffers due to a tragic flaw, or hamartia. This Greek word is variously translated as? tragic flaw? or? error? or? weakness? Kreon's hamartia, like in many plays, is hybris? Greek for overweening pride, arrogance, or excessive confidence. Kreon's hybris causes him to attempt to violate the laws of order or human rig...
  • Ancient Greek Theatre
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    Antigone And The Aspects Of Greek Theatre Antigone And The Aspects Of Greek Theatre Antigone and the Greek "Goat Songs' When the ancient Greek playwright Thespis first brought forward one member of the chorus to speak alone, the form of Greek drama began to change. It is thought that Greek drama began as choruses engaging in song and dance at celebrations of holidays or special events. One of the most important of those was the spring festival of Dionysus. The celebration included choral present...
  • Positive Law And The Natural Law Philosophies
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    4/24/00 English Antigone John Conor Dixon 4/24/00 English 562 Essay #1 Positive Law vs. Natural Law "Do what you believe is right. ' This is a phrase common to us all, brought to our attention by parents, reinforced by teachers, and preached by leaders. But how does one define what is right? Is it what we believe in our hearts, or is it what we know is acceptable? This is a predominant dilemma that can be traced throughout society, and is the main focal point of Sophocles' play Antigone. Written...
  • Antigone's Actions
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    The story of Antigone deals with Antigone's brother who's body has been left unburied because of crimes against the state. The sight of her brother being unburied drives Antigone to take action against the state and bury her brother regardless of the consequences. The concept of the Greek afterlife was far more important and sacred than living life itself. Everything they did while they were alive was to please the many gods they worshipped. They built temples for their Gods, made statues to sym...

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