Antigone Essay

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Fate refers to the “the course of an individual’s life or the outcome of a particular situation, seen as beyond their control” . However, most refers fate as a negative outcome (e.g. death) – that has also been seen as beyond one’s control. In Sophocles’ play, Antigone, Antigone’s fate is unfortunately, her own death, and is caused by her own actions of breaking Creon’s interdict and buries her brother, Polynices. She is conscious of how her death will play a great part in her life. Sophocles illustrates Antigone’s fate by expressing it as a positive, yet also a negative outcome. Seeing her upcoming death, Antigone faces her fate through her two different qualities: pathos and happiness. She mourns her fate to the extent; however, she shows her happiness and the gratefulness of being reunited with her family in the afterlife. Antigone’s two contrasting qualities lead up to the tragedy of the play, appearing as the nemesis in Antigone. This nemesis is shown through Antigone breaking her loyalty towards her family and Creon. Thus, she is put to death along with her lover (Creon’s son), Haemon, who chooses not to live without her. Furthermore, Creon loses his moral authority and his own son. The monologue is led from the mourning of Antigone surrounded by the guards as she walks her way to her tomb. While she mourns her fate, the Chorus condoles with her. Thus, it eventually leads to Antigone’s final speech and takes her final leave of the world. “Come tomb, my wedding chamber, come!” Introduces Antigone’s monologue, as she is ready to enter the after life. The word ‘tomb’ and ‘wedding chamber’ are imageries of Antigone’s deathbed and the actual wedding chamber. She realizes that she will not die and enter the after-life alone. Therefore, Antigone eventually brings Haemon to the tomb as it also serves as her “bridal bed”. The ‘wedding chamber’ also refers to her

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