Antigone Essay

671 WordsOct 11, 20133 Pages
Antigone. In the play Antigone, Antigone is a female heroine in Greek mythology and Tragedy. Born to father Oedipus and mother Jocasta. But not only was Jocasta mother to Antigone, she was also a grandmother to her and three of her other kids. Each kid had their own personality. Antigone was fearless, passionate. While her sister Ismene was gentle and affectionate, but frightened of disobeying men in power. As the play the play continues you can see how their personalities set them apart. How they have different ideas, and believe and stand for different values. As the play gets more in depth you find out that Antigone’s two brothers Polyneices and Eteocles both leading opposite sides in Thebe’s civil war have died. As the result of them dying Creon becomes the new ruler of Thebes. He declares that Eteocles will have a proper burial he will be honored for being faithful. While Polyneices on the other hand for being unfaithful and a traitor will have his body left to rot. He will lay there unburied to become food for the animals. As the play begins in the opening scene, Antigone brings Ismene outside of the city to let her know she wants to give Polyneices the proper burial he deserves. Since Ismene is the one to obey men in power she tells her sister she will not help her. Creon set a death penalty for anyone that decides to not let his body rot. Antigone, determined and knowing it’s the right thing to do decides to just go without her sisters help to bury the body. A sentry finds the body of Polyniece’s has been buried. Creon furious that someone went against his orders, orders the sentry to find whoever buried the body. Shortly, the sentry returns with Antigone. Creon questions Antigone, but she doesn’t deny what she did, she admits that she did bury the body. Creon thinking Ismene helped summoned that someone brings her in. Ismene tries to confess

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