Antigone - Doverspike 1 Pride Death and a Womans Courage...

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Doverspike 1 Pride, Death, and a Woman’s Courage Antigone, written by Sophocles, is by far one of the best Greek tragedies ever written. It is the perfect example of a Greek tragedy. It incorporates a hero with a tragic flaw. There are three themes one notices through the play. Using death, pride, and woman’s place in society, Sophocles made a very memorable piece that is still read and portrayed in theaters today. Antigone is a heartbreaking story of a woman who was not afraid to stand up for what she believed in. The play opens by showing brothers Polynices and Eteocles lying dead in the street. The brothers were opposing each other, one defending Thebes, and the other opposing. Antigone, the tragic hero of the play, tells Ismene, her sister, that King Creon has ordered Eteocles to be buried and fully honored, while Polynices is left to rot in the street. Creon also says that anyone who attempts to burry Polynices will be stoned to death. Antigone cannot believe this and tells Ismene of her plan to burry Polynices in secret. Ismene refuses to be a part of Antigone’s plan, for fearing she too will be put to death and Antigone angrily goes away to bury her brother herself. Creon hears that someone has decided to defy his orders, and demands the person be brought to him. He finds that it is his own niece, Antigone, who has gone against his wishes and decides she must be put to death for her defiance. Creon and his son Haemon get into an argument about Antigone and Ismene’s
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Antigone - Doverspike 1 Pride Death and a Womans Courage...

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