Antigone 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 anyways. All the while Ismene is telling Antigone that they shouldn’t do this, which they were told not to do, but Antigone ignores her and tells her that he was their brother and he deserves more than a shameful burial. Ismene is afraid to speak her mind. After her mother’s suicide and her father’s disgraceful death she doesn’t want to become like them. She wants to be respected and loved not remembered for the things her family had done. Ismene is a tiny woman. She is five feet tall and can weigh no more than one hundred pounds. She is the little sister that looks up to Antigone. Ismene fiercely respects Antigone, but fears she can never measure up no matter what she does. Ismene gathers all of her courage in order to help Antigone while dealing with Creon, but there is only so much that she can do. I fiercely admire Ismene in that one moment. She is afraid and frightened, but she helped Antigone when she believed that she needed her. Antigone tells her sister to leave her alone that if Ismene doesn’t want to help her bury their brother then she should leave. Antigone has no problem doing what needs to be done in order for others to respect their family. These are only two of the many characters in this story, but already Antigone is taking charge and proving why the story was written about her and not her sister. Antigone has courage and pride and she will defend both until she no longer can. To me Antigone is a beautiful woman who is no taller than five foot five and weighs no more than one hundred and thirty pounds. She is small in stature, but she makes up for it whenever she speaks her mind. Because one thing I know is that when Antigone speaks, she is heard. Creon is the new King who took over the duties of Antigone’s father after he died. He is the man who would not allow Antigone’s brother to have a proper funeral. He is also the one who Antigone has to sneak around in order to give her brother the proper burial he deserves. When I read this story, a picture of who this man could be automatically formed in my head as I read the story. He is tall, he has fair hair and eyes, but looking into those eyes and trusting him would be your downfall. Creon is a ruthless and conniving man. He uses words and lies to hide the truth about who he is. The only mention of music in this story about Antigone is the chorus. The chorus was made up of all of the male sex. No females were allowed to sing or act. For the female characters in the stories boys whose voices had not yet changed were used as women. I can hear the kind of music I would have chosen to use way back then. For sure there would be drums that were banged hard and fast to build up tension. Then I would have more drums that were played at a slow and soft pace for a love scene. When Antigone and her sister are going at it I would have a kind of harpist plucking at her strings instead of strumming them. The most important thing about a play is the story itself, but the music that is played to accompany the story is one the list of top ten important things. I believe the plot for this story is all based on the death of Antigone’s brother and father. I think it’s about her father because she is basically left alone with her brother’s death and finding a way to get a proper burial all by herself. If her father had never died then her brother would have never died when Creon took the thrown from him. If her brother had died when Antigone’s father was still alive he would have
June 10, 2015
In my opinion the Theban Plays, Antigone, Oedipus the King and Oedipus at Calonna were all so very horrifying. Sophocles is the author of The Theban Plays who also wrote several more. It was said that he was concerned with the individual struggle people had with fate. Each of his stories involves a lesson that he wanted to teach the audience. Still to this day the lessons can be taught to people. The plays would include fate, loyalty…
politics are all growing rapidly only two actors are ever on stage at one time has now changed thanks to Sophocles and theater is also growing and improving every day.
first i will talk about Sophocles, how he would have lived and what Greece was like between his birth in 496 B.C to his death in 406 B.C and then i will go on to talk about Antigone. Hope you enjoy.
When Sophocles was just nine years old he saw his first war of many, between 490 and 479 B.C, Greece was invaded by the…
The Theban Trio logy tragedies were written to be performed at the Great Dionysus, a festival held in honor goddess Dionysus the goddess of fertility, theater, and wine, in Athens. Attending these plays was considered a civic duty and even criminals were let out of jail to attend. Antigone won Sophocles first prize at the festival and was an enormous success. The is one of the series in the Theban Trilogy which are the stories of Oedipus. Antigone sets after the story of Oedipus Rex…
Women vs. Men
In the Plays of Sophocles pictures very strong characters of woman. One of the brightest protagonists of the plays is Anigone, who challenged the law of state under death penalty. The play carries the idea that even in those times; women have the possibility of self-realization and can be as strong and wise as men. In Antigone, Sophocles describes the type of pride that allows men to create laws that substitute for divine principles. Also “Antigone” is a thoughtful example of Greek…
At the beginning of Oedipus, his qualities of a ruler are really shown and the citizens can rely on him. He is very confident and saves Thebes from the curse of the Sphinx. Before the play even begins, Oedipus was in control for some time and his marriage with Jocasta created a family of four children. Every step of the way, people go out of their way and tell him to leave the past, but he is determined to find out the murderer…
In Ancient Greek theatre, we see examples of characters possessing excessive, engrossing pride that is often coupled with blatant arrogance, not regularly but most of the time. Hubris is constituted by a display of these aspects. Characters in plays are usually seen as those with Hubris, particularly the Tragic Hero. These characters in the story, usually royalty, suffer from a Tragic Flaw which is ultimately responsible for their descent unto their inevitably untimely death. Hubris…
Antigone – Daughter of Oedipus and Jocasta, sister to Ismene, engaged to Haemon. Antigone is a very strong willed character, and believes that her brother was doing what was right, and even if what he did (charging the city as his brother would not step down from the throne) was wrong, the rights given to a man in death cannot be changed by someone less than a god, as these rights were formed Zeus himself.
Ismene – Daughter of Oedipus and Jocasta, sister to Antigone…
In Sophocles’ Theban Plays Oedipus Rex, Oedipus at Colonus and Antigone, Oedipus is portrayed as an immoral character, more specifically in the first two plays Oedipus Rex and Oedipus at Colonus. After we find out that Oedipus killed his father and slept with his mother he becomes a distasteful character, but he is not to blame for his actions. The exposition that we are given about Oedipus makes him out to be a noble character. It all goes back to his father and his attempt to avoid…
A Feminist World
Antigone & Wicked
Gloria Steinem said, “A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men”. Feminists empower women but look for equality between both genders. Unfortunately there is a stigma and fear that comes with this word; when hearing the word feminist people quickly think of ‘man hatter’. In this paper I will be arguing that Antigone and Wicked both challenge and reinforce the conventional ideas of gender. This is an…
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
To Be Lawful Or To Be Good: A Three-way Comparison Between Antigone, Odale’s Choice and The Island
Sophocles’ Antigone follows the fate of one of Oedipus' daughters, born of his incestuous relationship with his mother. The play starts with Antigone bringing her sister, Ismene, terrible news. Just before the start of Antigone, their brother Polynices led an army against Eteocles for the right to inherit their father's throne. The brothers took each other's lives…