womens role in antigone

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In ancient times, Greece was a male-dominated society. In Antigone, Sophocles portrays woman as strong individuals who are capable of making decisions. Sophocles also portrays women in which they were stereotyped in the ancient times as passive and weak women. He shows these two characteristics through Antigone and Ismene. Through the character of Ismene, Sophocles shows the stereotypical weak woman, and through the character of Antigone, he shows the strong personality that woman have.
Throughout the play, Sophocles shows the reader that Antigone’s character is filled with passion, determination, and bravery. Antigone’s character is strong enough to do what she feels is right, which is to have a proper burial ceremony for her brother, despite the fact that it is against the law set by Creon. Creon is determined to carry out the consequences which he set if anybody were to go against him. When he finds out that somebody has disobeyed, he reacts with fury: “What? What man alive would dare?” (280-281). Here, Sophocles is stressing on the face that Creon says the word “man.” The thought of a woman disobeying his laws does not cross Creon’s mind once. In addition to this, when Creon confronts Antigone about the crime she has committed, Antigone admits to it right away: “I did it. I don’t deny a thing” (492). Sophocles is showing the nature of Antigone’s character. He displays her pride with this quote because she is accepting her consequences with a sense of pride. She feels that she has done the right thing in properly burying her brother. This type of action shows the unique character of Antigone. Even though she is a woman, she is strong and stands up for what she believes in, and this is what sets her apart from everyone else in the play.
Sophocles sets Antigone apart from everyone else in the play through the encounters between her and her sister Ismene. Ismene
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