Have you read these? It is one of the ancient play that has a female protagonist. In an era of strict cultural rules that curtailed women liberation, Sophocles created a character like Antigone which is a breakthrough in that age. Antigone is the daughter of Oedipus and Iocaste Oedipus — married his own mother, got children, on knowing the truth blinded himself and left the land.
She is also the sister of Oedipus through incest, since he married his own mother, Iocasta. Antigone had accompanied her father Oedipus into exile after he blinded himself and stayed with him until his death See Oedipus at Colonus.
Then she and Ismene lived in the palace with their uncle, Creon, who took the throne of Thebes until the sons of Oedipus could come of age.
Her other surviving sister is Ismene, whom she tries to convince to break the law in order to bury their brother, Polyneices. The corpse lies unmourned on the battlefield because Creon has forbidden any rites.
She is a feminist hero because she is not intimidated by men or Theban law the way her sister Ismene is. Creon specifically punishes her because she is a woman defying him, rather than thinking about the issue she raises. Antigone wins the heart of the Theban people who back her rather than Creon.
She is rebellious and proud of her act of individual conscience, however, and this trait invites the worst punishment from the state, represented by Creon. Antigone has the ability to command respect and loyalty where Creon does not, because of her heroic sacrifice for divine duty.
Chorus The Chorus of Theban elders represent the seasoned and wise opinion of the people of Thebes.
Creon tries to win their support for his laws. They are important for commenting on the actions of the characters and giving background information and traditional history. Their odes are the poetic interludes that give depth to the action. They note both the strengths and weaknesses of Creon and Antigone and pity their dilemmas.
They subtly intervene with Creon to save the life of the innocent Ismene. Creon Creon is the brother of Iocasta, the former queen of Thebes. He becomes the regent when Oedipus dies and the sons, Polyneices and Eteocles, are too young to rule. After the war between the brothers ends in their deaths, Creon takes the throne of Thebes.
His first decree, rather than stabilizing the government, has tragic consequences: Creon is shown to be a tyrannical egoist, eager to prove to the city that he is a tough ruler. He is afraid of things getting out of hand and tries to control any sympathy for the traitor Polyneices.
He also reveals himself to be a misogynist in that he refuses to let a woman best him in an argument. In being rigid and unwilling to listen to others he unknowingly creates sympathy for Antigone. His son informs him that the people back Antigone because she heroically wants to honor her duty to her brother.
Creon accuses others of corruption rather than facing his own weakness. He is warned against extremes by Haemon, the Chorus, and finally by Teiresias the prophet.
Too late he reverses his policy. The irony is that in his scorn of women, his own model wife curses him for causing the death of their sons and kills herself in protest. Eteocles Eteocles is dead when the play opens.
He is the younger incestuous son of Oedipus by Iocasta, who did not recognize the claim of the elder son, Polyneices, and exiled him from Thebes. Polyneices raised an army at Argos and attacked Thebes. The brothers killed each other in the war, so the throne went to Creon, next in line.Sophocles' Ajax, or Aias (/ ˈ eɪ dʒ æ k s / or / ˈ aɪ.
ə s /; Ancient Greek: Αἴας, gen. Αἴαντος), is a Greek tragedy written in the 5th century BCE. Ajax may be the earliest of Sophocles' seven tragedies to have survived, though it is probable that he had been composing plays for a quarter of a century already when it was first staged.
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Characters. See a complete list of the characters in The Oedipus Plays and in-depth analyses of Oedipus, Antigone, Creon, and The Chorus. Antigone study guide contains a biography of Sophocles, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis.
Antigone's devotion to her father makes her an admirable character on her own, but also raises the audience's opinion of the sometimes cantankerous Oedipus, as a figure able to inspire and keep such love. Antigone - The play's tragic heroine.
In the first moments of the play, Antigone is opposed to her radiant sister Ismene. Unlike her beautiful and docile sister, Antigone is sallow, withdrawn, and recalcitrant.
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