An analysis of creons tragedy of sophocles antigone
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Interestingly, there is very little mention of the gods throughout the play, and the tragic events are portrayed as the result of human error, and not divine intervention. Creon decides to spare Ismene but rules that Antigone should be buried alive in a cave as punishment for her transgressions. Should someone who attempts to bury him in defiance of Creon be punished in an especially cruel and horrible way? Do you be the kind of person you have decided to be, but I shall bury him! During the time of Ancient Greece, tragic plays were commonly used to deliver a moral message to their audience. Like many other interpreters of the Antigone, 5 we argue that this Sophoclean tragedy tells of a conflict, although not one between the human and the divine but rather between two different ways in which the human relates to and tries to embody the divine. Athenians would identify the folly of tyranny. Ismene tries to confess falsely to the crime, wishing to die alongside her sister, but Antigone will not have it. This argument states that if nothing had happened, nothing would have happened, and doesn't take much of a stand in explaining why Antigone returned for the second burial when the first would have fulfilled her religious obligation, regardless of how stubborn she was. They also advise Creon to take Tiresias's advice. Creon accuses Tiresias of being corrupt. Yes, to me anyone who while guiding the whole city fails to set his hand to the best counsels, but keeps his mouth shut by reason of some fear seems now and has always seemed the worst of men; and him who rates a dear one higher than his native land, him I put nowhere. The terrible calamities that overtake Creon are not the result of his exalting the law of the state over the unwritten and divine law which Antigone vindicates, but are his intemperance which led him to disregard the warnings of Tiresias until it was too late. All the scenes take place in front of the royal palace at Thebes conforming to the traditional dramatic principle of unity of place and the events unfold in little more than twenty-four hours.
Natural law and contemporary legal institutions[ edit ] In Antigone, Sophocles asks the question, which law is greater: the gods' or man's. When she sees her brother's body uncovered, therefore, she is overcome by emotion and acts impulsively to cover him again, with no regards to the necessity of the action or its consequences for her safety.
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For these have life, not simply today and yesterday, but forever, and no one knows how long ago they were revealed. For whoever think that they themselves alone have sense, or have a power of speech or an intelligence that no other has, these people when they are laid open are found to be empty.
More than one commentator has suggested that it was the gods, not Antigone, who performed the first burial, citing both the guard's description of the scene and the chorus's observation. She repeatedly declares that she must act to please "those that are dead" An.
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This contrasts with the other Athenian tragedians, who reference Olympus often. It is not clear how he would personally handle these two values in conflict, but it is a moot point in the play, for, as absolute ruler of Thebes, Creon is the state, and the state is Creon. Interestingly, there is very little mention of the gods throughout the play, and the tragic events are portrayed as the result of human error, and not divine intervention. Haemon is the son of Creon and Eurydice, betrothed to Antigone. When Creon arrived at Antigone's cave, he found Haemon lamenting over Antigone, who had hanged herself. We have already pointed out that it is a religious conflict in other terms, a conflict between two forms of relationship between the human and the divine ; but now we can determine more accurately the contours of this religious conflict. Indeed, Antigone says the edict proclaimed by Creon does not derive from Justice inhabitant of the underworld 31 or from Zeus the ruler of the world above the ground. However, evidence supports that Creon, and not Antigone, is the tragic hero of the play. Athenians, proud of their democratic tradition, would have identified his error in the many lines of dialogue which emphasize that the people of Thebes believe he is wrong, but have no voice to tell him so. Creon becomes furious, and seeing Ismene upset, thinks she must have known of Antigone's plan. And what of the Ismenes and Haemons of the world, those who try to dissuade others from rash actions and de-escalate tensions? The series of deaths at the end of the play, however, leaves a final impression of catharsis and an emptying of all emotion, with all passions spent.
According to the legal practice of classical Athens, Creon is obliged to marry his closest relative Haemon to the late king's daughter in an inverted marriage rite, which would oblige Haemon to produce a son and heir for his dead father in law. Creon's decree to leave Polyneices unburied in itself makes a bold statement about what it means to be a citizen, and what constitutes abdication of citizenship.
With her last breath, she cursed her husband.
The character of the sentry is also unusual for the time of the play, in that he speaks in more natural, lower-class language, rather than the stylized poetry of the other characters.
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