A comparison of the main character antigone and the guard in the play antigone by sophocles
He manages to convince Creon, but is too late to save the impetuous Antigone. This is his sin, and it is this which leads to his punishment. Portrayed as wise and full of reason, Tiresias attempts to warn Creon of his foolishness and tells him the gods are angry.
There are even more differences in the two plays. Antigone is a tragedy based on Greek mythology first written by Sophocles, and was later adapted by Jean Anouilh as the modern version.
Project MUSE, doi In Anouilh, Antigone has already made her first attempt to cover Polynices' body when the two sisters talk. Creon blames himself for everything that has happened, and, a broken man, he asks his servants to help him inside. With her last breath, she cursed her husband.
Even women in the play, such as Ismene, reinforce the norms of gender essentialism that oppress women in Thebes. Read an in-depth analysis of Antigone. It was the firmly kept custom of the Greeks that each city was responsible for the burial of its citizens.
The verbal combat and the powerful debate between these two characters is thrilling to see on stage.
Zeus is referenced a total of 13 times by name in the entire play, and Apollo is referenced only as a personification of prophecy.
As such, for Creon, the mere notion of abstaining Antigone from criminality is experienced as a loss of personal dignity. Even women in the play, such as Ismene, reinforce the norms of gender essentialism that oppress women in Thebes. Creon, on the other hand, believes that citizenship is a contract; it is not absolute or inalienable, and can be lost in certain circumstances. Bernstein, J. Young, Iris Marion, and Martha Nussbaum. Oedipus at Colonus. When she poured dust over her brother's body, Antigone completed the burial rituals and thus fulfilled her duty to him. Tracing this crack in the conventional gender essentialism espoused in ancient Greece, we see that Creon himself eventually inverts the male-female dichotomy of activity-passivity, whereby femininity becomes newly associated with disobedience and masculinity with subservience. Here, the chorus is composed of old men who are largely unwilling to see civil disobedience in a positive light. Having listened to the messenger's account, Eurydice disappears into the palace. The terrible calamities that overtake Creon are not the result of his exalting the law of the state over the unwritten and divine law which Antigone vindicates, but are his intemperance which led him to disregard the warnings of Tiresias until it was too late. In this situation, news of the illegal burial and Antigone's arrest would arrive at the same time and there would be no period of time in which Antigone's defiance and victory could be appreciated.
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