Sophocles Essay

Sophocles Essay - My Other Name is Antigone My other name...

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My Other Name is Antigone My other name is Antigone. I am persistent and I am not afraid to embrace my stubbornness. I am not the wilting flower, unable to speak my mind or powerless to fix the problems of this world. I am strong, more so even than most men. I refuse to be submissive, and I will hold my own in the world. When I was in my younger teens, I would often say or do something just to get a rise out of my father. For me, it was a game, albeit a somewhat vicious one, to see whether my will was stronger than his. As commented on in Sophocles’ play, Antigone, although the quote applies to my father and me as well, “Like father, like daughter: both headstrong, deaf to reason!” (Sophocles 209). No matter what I was challenging him on, my primary rationale was never very strong, which is how my mother knew that I did not actually feel strongly about my actual position, but she could not make me yield either until I won; I was so stubbornly against my father. It seems to be the case with stubborn people that it is often not the opinion that is the important thing, but not losing the argument, and the same is true of my father and me. Similarly, Sophocles’ Antigone goes against the decree of Creon, her surrogate father, for the primary purpose of getting a rise out of him. She, as well, is extremely stubborn and strong- willed. As Choragos observes, “she has never learned to yield” (Sophocles 209). Being of the age to strongly question and challenge authority, she buries her brother, Polyneices, even though
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This note was uploaded on 04/27/2008 for the course FS 100 taught by Professor Hutchinson during the Spring '08 term at Simons Rock.

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Sophocles Essay - My Other Name is Antigone My other name...

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