The Chorus: The Real Main Character Plays throughout history captivate the minds and hearts of the audience watching. The plight of the protagonist, the evil of the antagonist, and the swaying opinions of the supporting cast create the perfect situation for deep emotional cleansing. In Greek drama, the supporting cast is called the chorus. The chorus, through voicing opinions and personifying the emotion of the scene, greatly influences the characters and events in the play. The chorus’ influence on Creon completely changes the course of the play, and its result. Creon makes very rash decisions in Scene one concerning the burial of Antigone’s brother, Polyneices, and rather than oppose him, the chorus backs him up. According to the chorus, they say, “None are so foolish as to seek for death (I, 250),” to please Creon, and break moral law to do this. By doing this, the chorus lets Creon choose his own law over their god’s law. However, later on in the play, the chorus, and especially the chorogus, causes a change of heart in Creon. Creon sees his mistakes and is humbled. This is the turning point of the play, and is only possible through the chorus. The chorus’ influence on Antigone affects her emotions, and eventually tries to save her through Creon. Antigone is extremely despondent as she walks to her death, but the chorus cheers her by saying, “Surely you carry fame with you and praise…. You were in charge of your own fate (III, 942,946).” Her fate does not seem so menacing to her as a result of this. Also, the chorus changes its collective consciousness mind on the subject of Antigone’s plight. This shows that moral law trumps civil law in every case. This means that Antigone is in the right all along. Throughout the play,…
Sophocles’ tragedy Antigone introduces us to the main character Antigone. She shows many
characteristics and distinctions that allow her to break the boundaries of the typical Athenian
woman. Although Antigone may be a woman, she is portrayed as the brave, headstrong, and
courageous woman Sophocles intended her to be. Antigone’s decision to bury polyneices
shows her rejection to the state’s idealized image of the…
Antigone is a Greek Tragedy that stresses the use of sovereignty and virtue against the law ,written by Sophocles. Within the story, the inquery of who the tragic hero is, King Creon or Antigone herself, is a subject of highly debatable class. The king Creon possesses some of the characteristics that define a tragic character, as defined in Aristotle's Tragic Theory. According to Aristotle's Theory, there are a few major traits, which are required of the tragic character. The character must be viewed…
a life that appeared concrete, foiled by inward beauty and a life
that had convictions obtained complete. These two parallels of two persons and of two natures
are taken up by Sophocles in one of his greatest works and plays Antigone. In the play, the
characters Antigone and Ismene represent different attributes and moralities of man. While
one follows the law of man, the other follows that of a higher power, a power that
transcends time, a power of the super natural and sublime. The two characters…
Creon and Antigone are both honorable people and yet, both are fatally proud and that is the source of the tragedy. To what extent do you agree?
During the time of Ancient Greece, tragic plays were commonly used to deliver a moral message to their audience. Sophocles’ “Antigone” demonstrates the dangers of hubris and the disaster it can cause using the conflict between the two central characters, Antigone and Creon, as the basis of the tragedy. Although they are honourable in their own different…
audience already knew what would happen at the end of Antigone. The contrast between what the audience knows and what the characters know sets up the tension, the dramatic irony. However, Sophocles uses dramatic license and adds events that are not found in any previous account of the myth, including the quarrels between Antigone and Ismene, Antigone’s two attempts to bury Polynices, Antigone’s betrothal to Haemon, the entombment of Antigone, Tiresias’s argument with Creon, and the suicides. These…
of being a conspirator in Polyneices' burial. Ismene confesses and says that she and Antigone were partners in the crime. Antigone, however, refuses Ismene's confession and says that she will not allow the penalty to fall on her sister. Indeed, she says she has witnesses from the gods of who did the work, and that she will not accept a friend who is only a friend in words. Ismene is devastated, and tells Antigone not to despise her. She says that they should die together so that they can sanctify…
23 September 2013
Antigone: Tragic Hero
A tragic hero can be defined in many different ways. He or she is usually the main character in a Greek or Roman tragedy. He’s typically an admirable character who appears as the focus in a tragic play, but who is undone by a hamartia. This hamartia, often pride (or hubris), leads to the downfall of the main character and sometimes everything he or she holds dear. He is doomed from the start, bears no responsibility for possessing his…
•When Antigone arrives in Thebes, she and her sister Ismene talk outside the palace gate, where we learn that their brothers, Polyneices and Eteocles, have indeed killed each other.
•Antigone is disturbed because Creon, who is now ruling, has ordered that Eteocles be buried with the formal rites, but that Polyneices be left unburied and unmourned.
•Anyone who buries Polyneices will be punished by death.
•Antigone intends to defy the law to bury her brother according to the wishes of the gods…
I decided to do my report on Oedipus’ daughter Antigone. This was the third and final story that was written. It begins with Antigone, who is the protagonist, and her sister Ismene. Though there are two sisters Antigone is the more forward and aggressive one. Their brother died and was shamed so he did not have a proper burial. Antigone knows that she is forbidden from having a priest say a few words and to bury him with respect, but she wants to do it…
March 27, 2015
1. The main conflict in the story of Antigone is whether or not Polyneices should receive a proper burial. Antigone argues with her sister Ismene that they should go against Creon’s orders and give their brother a proper burial, Ismene refuses and does not help Antigone. When Creon finds out that Antigone buried her brother another conflict arises in which Antigone says that the law of the gods is superior to Creon’s law. Creon and…