sophocles antigone

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Brett Ford Ford 1 October 17 th , 2007 Honors English Dr. Blanchard Antigone: Sophocles’ take on the Greek Worldview “Then go if you must, but rest assured, wild, irrational as you are, my sister, you are truly dear to the ones who love you” (114-116), stated Ismene to her sister Antigone in the Greek classic written by Sophocles. Sophocles wrote Antigone to express the clash of the new ways of thinking and the traditional old ways. Traditionally, Greeks believed in their gods, leaving fate and their mortal lives in the hands of forces superior and apart from them. To the Greeks, nothing was in their control, but was predetermined and run by their gods. Like the traditional Greeks, Antigone believes in her fate and actions controlled by the gods. The conflict between this old thinking and the new thinking of man controlling his own actions is represented by Sophocles character Creon, “The new man for the new day” (174), the King of Thebes. With the belief that man is capable of controlling himself, Creon runs his nation with a guiding hand. The Greeks of Sophocles’ time, much like Antigone, held an irrational worldview, which conflicted with the greater minds such as Sophocles himself, who, like Creon, believed in the potential of man. It is Antigone who looks to the gods for guidance on a regular basis. She bases all her
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This note was uploaded on 06/10/2008 for the course ENG 101C taught by Professor Scott during the Spring '08 term at Misericordia.

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