Antigone and a Rasin in the Sun Essay

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Antigone and A Rasin in the Sun Antigone and A Raisin in the Sun are two pieces of literature that are similar in one way, yet very different in another way. Both are very interesting pieces that were written to captivate even the most critical of audiences. This paper will show similarities as well as differences between the two pieces and their authors. Antigone is a play written by Sophocles and is about a young girl named Antigone who struggles with written laws of her city, Thebes. Her uncle is King Creon and sentences her to death because she decided to bury her brother, Polynices, after it was declared that he deserved no burial. Antigone's sister, Ismene, was too afraid to go along with her. Antigone's fiancé, (who is also …show more content…
Gender, because Antigone's rebellion threatens to upset traditional gender rolls and hierarchy. Lastly, were the themes of nature of tragedy and the rivalry between Antigone and her sister.
There were also several themes in A Raisin in the Sun. Feminism (or gender), because the play shows how women's idea have changed over time through three generations. Fertility, because Ruth is pregnant and has to decide whether or not to keep the baby since they really cannot afford another mouth to feed. The American dream, because the Younger family strives for value and purpose in society. Another theme was the need to fight racial discrimination as the whites fought against having a black family move into their all white neighborhood. This was a time to show them that they are equal and should be allowed to live wherever they wished.
Writing Style Antigone was written with emotional richness. Since the play is all about family, the author wrote from the heart and was able to use experiences witnessed throughout his life. Antigone was written with a subtlety of design. It was written with irony and passion through prose and verse. A Raisin in the Sun was written with realistic naturalism. The play is simplistic, emotional, and written with Afrocentrism, or expression of pride in the African American heritage.
Dramatic Devices Dramatic irony was used in Antigone. One major instance is Antigone's own idea of a noble death. Antigone acts