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This tension only finds release in the terrible, ecstatic shout. Note this conjunction of sex and death. The stillness of sex and death is precisely where the play's two lovers will ultimately end, lain together in the tomb that figures also as their "bridal bed. Strangely, the Chorus then invokes a filmic metaphor. Tragic stillness is the silence within the spectator when the crowd acclaims the victor. This stillness within perhaps recalls the "hollow space" imagined by Antigone earlier.

This inner silence turns the outer world into "no more than a picture," a film without a sound track. This dissociation of sound from the image of the world is a dissociation of the spectator from that world as well. Again, two disjunctions are at work here: The Chorus shifts from a theatrical to filmic metaphor here because these experiences of disjunction are inherent to—though covered over in—the cinematic apparatus.

The spectator is then identified with the already vanquished victor, who is similarly alone in a desert of silence, similarly disjoined from the world.

This disjunction from the world is the plight of the tragic hero and spectator who identifies himself with him. Most of Antigone 's commentators cast the play as an anti-fascist allegory of events of the French Resistance. How might one consider the play in such terms? What are some of the limits of this reading? Written in the heat of World War II, Antigone is generally received as an allegory on the Nazi occupation and the heroism of resistance.

Though Creon has broken the back of the resistance in Thebes, Antigone would figure as the lone resistant who subverts state authority nevertheless. Eight Week Quiz A. Eight Week Quiz B. Eight Week Quiz C. Eight Week Quiz D.

Eight Week Quiz E. Eight Week Quiz F. Eight Week Quiz G. Mid-Book Test - Easy. Final Test - Easy. Mid-Book Test - Medium. Final Test - Medium. Apparently so…as Oedipus also learns that he was the babe whom Jocasta and Laius abandoned -- and indeed has grown up to ruin the house by killing his father and marrying and having children with his mother Jocasta. Jocasta sensing that this might be the case had pleaded for Oedipus to halt the investigation, but determined to know the truth, Oedipus called the herdsman who found him tied to a tree to…… [Read More].

Tom Tigone Women Men and. It is entirely through such efforts that the larger impact of the novel is made. One scene in particular is meant as an especially compelling emotional allegory, and is very effective at making the undeniable and intimate nature of human feelings as a basis for moral decisions-making abundantly clear.

Bird catches her two sons tormenting defenseless kittens, she berates them and ultimately succumbs to tears at the plight and pain of the cats and, perhaps even more so, at the cruelty of her own children. It seems to be in man's nature -- and specifically in man's nature as opposed to woman's -- to practice cruelty, yet even the practitioners can usually be made to recognize that their cruelty is wrong simply by dint of being cruel, and for no other logical or deduced reason.

Their mother's tears more than her stern admonitions cause the boys to understand…… [Read More]. Greek Civilization Compare Greek Religion in the. Compare Greek religion in the two different periods in history in the eighth century, the time of Homer, and in the fifth century BCE, according to the following: The different ways they believed their gods intervened. During the Epic Age, that of Homer, they believed that the God directly intervened in the lives of human beings.

Over time, as the rulers of Greece became more powerful, the population began to feel that although the Gods could control lives, they were mostly observers rather than direct participants. Whether they believed their gods favored or punished specific individuals for moral reasons.

In the 8th century BC, the people believed that the Gods punished behavior, but that the punishments were more targeted at individuals who disrespected the gods rather than those who committed crimes or sins.

As exemplified in Antigone, the people feared that if they defied the gods then they…… [Read More]. Ancient Text Explains or Demonstrates. In the "Odyssey" Achilles says to Odysseus, that it is better to be a living dog than honored in Hades.

Submission to fate is ultimately what the Greeks seem to honor as a 'good' attitude. Oedipus the King finally accepts his cursed status, rather than fleeing from it, and from the beginning of her life, Antigone seems to anticipate that she will meet with an unhappy end. Although she is betrothed to marry, she does not seem to see her future as a married woman as an obligation that supersedes her obligation as a sister, and even says that because she can only have one brother, unlike a husband; obligations to the family come before everything.

The play seems to suggest that this is valid, given the wrath that falls upon Creon's head. But evil also falls upon the heads of the innocent, because of the actions of the guilty,…… [Read More]. Sophocles I Questions Sophocles' Royal.

Question Haemon is in an impossible position. Although it could be argued that Antigone is in an impossible position as well, forced to choose between obeying the will of the gods or the will of man, Haemon must choose between loyalty to his proposed wife and his father as the king of the state. His temperament is such that he is an innate compromiser. He is forced to negotiate between two people who do not believe in compromise, upon any terms.

Creon has begun a horrible chain of events. The Theban king has attempted to supplant the will of the gods, refusing to let Polynices' soul enter the underworld and be judged by the gods, thus taking on the role of the gods as judgers of men's souls as well as a judge of his citizen's actions on earth. By refusing to obey the king's orders and defy the gods,…… [Read More]. Oedipus Rex and Burial at.

It is this lead character's outrage that drives the plot, rather than any journey of self-discovery or some fateful intervention.

This is seen when Antigone declares her defiance of the king: The gods will be proud of me. There is also a heavy element of introspection in both plays; it is Oedipus' attempt to discover the past of his kingdom that reveals his own personal past, and it is this self-discovery that leads to the tragedy of the play.

Gentleman and Benevolence Confucian Benevolence. He was also severing his bond to his subjects like Antigone, whose rights to act in a morally pious fashion were part of their rights as his citizens. A good king thus must act with benevolence, and according to the rules that are put upon him in his position, just like a subject must act kindly towards the king. Creon's actions also put his own son in a terrible position. His son forced to choose between his obligations to his father and his bride.

In violating his proper duties as a father as well as a king, Creon is also violating the dictates of being a gentleman in the spirit of benevolence. Demonstrating benevolence is honoring one's obligations and also allowing others to perform their obligations to you and to others.

Antigone attempts to do this by encouraging her sister to join her in burying her brother and also defying…… [Read More]. Oedipus Rex vs The Burial. His nephew turned against his own country and he got what he deserved. He believes in setting an example and uses the occasion as an opportunity to make a point and warn all those who dared to defy their country of the fate that was expecting them, too.

In this case, King Creon is wrong, because he will eventually pay dearly for his mistake of defying the gods. Profanation represented a duty of the humans to the higher forces and not even a king could afford to forget that. The Burial at Thebes is a play meant to bring the work of a classic Greek play writer into the twenty-first century.

Freud found the sources of one of his psychoanalytic theories in edipus Rex, paying his tribute to his predecessor who lived two and a half centuries away.

The audiences in…… [Read More]. Biblical Themed Short Stories. She is a disciplinarian who adopts strict rules for her classroom. Her teaching style is a common-sense method with her former students and citizens of Liberty Hill regarding her as the embodiment of wisdom and gentility.

Like Miss Dove, Leiningen believes in hard work, refusing to leave his estate despite a swarm of soldier ants nearing his property. Early in the story it is shown he is wise as well.

For example, Miss Dove is strict, reprimanding David Burnham for swearing. He encourages them to stay with him to fight…… [Read More]. Clash of the Titans the. Rose Rose cites the repeated imagery of flying in the film, finding that this matches what critic Philip Slater says about the Freudian and phallic images in the Perseus myth. Rose refers to this film, and several others of a similar nature, as modern versions of the myths, to a degree cut down from the original in order to something more visceral and more direct.

In a film like this, the student has "an opportunity for assessing the concrete differences between the ideological norms of male-female relations in their own society and those explored in ancient Greek myth" Rose He refers tom the designs of special efercts artist Raym Harryhausen when he notes, "Critics have dismissed this sort of animation as 'kitsch,' but I note…… [Read More].

Hero One of the Most Pervasive Archetypes. Hero One of the most pervasive archetypes in literature is the hero. The Greeks presented a complex and very human type of hero, often referred to as the tragic hero.

Their flaws make tragic heroes more human, and are effective protagonists even when their plans fail. The hero who is semi-divine or divine is a less compelling story, given that few if any human beings can relate to a figure who is flawless, immortal, and possessing of unlimited strength. Graphic novels present complex characters including some that fit the definition of tragic hero.

Modern literature teems with examples of heroes who are just like us: Yet embedded in the definition of hero is the imperative that the individual must be able to put aside egotism,…… [Read More]. Various Short Story Assignments. Clytemnestra and Iphigenia One of. This temper surely gave Clytemnestra the ability to withstand her "wretched life" by serving as a type of emotional outlet for her anger and disappointment related to being imprisoned in her own household as the doting wife of Agamemnon who certainly experienced sexual encounters with other women as leader of the Greek armies at Troy.

Another example has Clytemnestra admitting "Thus harassed by these ever-rife reports i. Duty A Father His Son. Instead, they carried out their missions without question, and effectively won the war with their attention to detail and sense of duty. The book makes the reader question their own sense of duty, and if they would have the resolve to fight in a war like this if it happened again.

It is a powerful book, partly because it is emotional, and partly because the reader realizes that these people are real, their duty was real, and that our freedom really rests on their shoulders. Ultimately, this is a book about dying. It follows the last days of Greene's father, but it also looks at the bigger picture of America's World War II vets and how many we are losing every day. It also looks at the lives of the Japanese lost in the atomic bomb explosions, and talks about how many more lives could have been lost if the…… [Read More].

Oedipus Rex Oedipus Is the. His physical loss of sight is penance for the lack of insight he had at the start of the play.

He has exchanged physical sight for mental insight into the truth. Rhetorically, Oedipus uses the diction of a king at the beginning of a play. He plays the role of one in power, and of a person in full control of and with confidence in himself. When his people approaches him with a problem, he therefore reacts with confidence that he can solve it. He is fearless and strong in his position, as shown in lines He is so confident that he can take care of any problem that he promises to do so even before hearing what the trouble is.

Indeed, he believes that the only thing that can possibly keep him from helping the supplicants with their problem would be the hardness of his heart. Oedipus the King by and. From this day on, don't speak to me or to your people here.

You are the plague. You poison your own land" Sophocles, , p. Each of these men has positive qualities, but their tragic flaw outweighs these qualities, and leads to pity and their downfall in the end. In addition, their tragic ends have tragic consequences on those around them, which is another element these two works have in common.

It is interesting to see the similarities in the plotting of these dramas as well. Essentially, they follow the tragic character from a turning point in their lives to the culmination of their problems and how they choose to face them. Their families and loved ones are left behind to sort out their lives without them, while they take the "easy" way…… [Read More]. Women in Greek and Hebrew. Deborah is believed to have played a key role in public arena. Even in the male dominant society of Israel, Deborah's orders were followed and people looked up to her for advice.

In the position of a prophetess, she could give orders which were readily followed: Deborah is an important figure in ancient Hebrew culture and it is through her that we can see how this culture allowed women to have some freedom in their restricted sphere. The daughter of Jephthah was another prominent figure.

She was also a judge who ruled Israel as she was a woman of strong faith. After her father promised Lord that if he won, he would offer "whatever comes…… [Read More]. Oedipus Rex the Delphic Oracle. When the play opens, a plague has overcome Thebes, and so Oedipus has sent Creon to consult the oracle of Apollo to seek a solution.

Creon reports that the oracle has declared that Laius's murderer must be found and banished from Thebes, only then will the plague be lifted. Oedipus sends for the blind prophet, Teiresias, to tell him who killed Laius. Teiresias names Oedipus as the killer and says that his marriage to Iocasta is sinful, and reminds him of his parents' curse.

Iocasta and Oedipus exchange stories of their pasts. Then a messenger arrives announcing the death of Polybus, King of Cornith. Oedipus is relieved believing that he has escaped the prophecy.

However, the messenger tells him that it was he who took Oedipus to Cornith. The servant confirms this, and thus the truth is revealed and the prophecy has been fulfilled after all. Oedipus is an honorable…… [Read More]. Prejudice and social psychology Gender-based stereotypes and influence of society Cultural impact of host cultures The contribution of Stanley Milgram has been significant in the field of social psychology.

Milgram conducted experiments of human behavior in a laboratory setting and concluded that obedience to authority usually disregards moral or legal normative standards. An individual's behavior is thus shaped by the environment, people around, and his figure of authority. The current paper investigates as to what extent the human behavior is influenced by others.

The paper adopts an investigative approach and cites peer reviewed articles to substantiate the discussion. Social identity theory is also an important theoretical explanation that explains how and why an individual voluntarily gets influenced from socially constructed relationships. Introduction Stanley…… [Read More]. A tragedy is any event which causes great suffering and stress, such as the death of a loved one or a natural disaster.

In the context of Greek literature, tragedy was the most popular form of theatre, with storytellers relying on the rhetorical technique of tragic irony to create emotionally resonant tales of lost love and territorial conquest. The overall study of the human condition, reality, metaphysics, and other pursuits of higher intelligence. The scientific study of the human mind, including cognitive function, perception, attention, emotion and behavior.

The fundamental application of reasoning to the pursuit of problem solving, a function which only the human mind is known to hold the capacity to perform. The branch of philosophy which postulates certain standards which should be used to guide proper human conduct. Wonderful Adventures of Mrs Seacole in Many. Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. The latter is one of the classic texts of 19th century literature, written by a Englishwoman brought up in a strict religious tradition who later exchanged her faith for that of secular humanism and Darwinism.

Middlemarch is a sprawling, weighty novel, filled with overlapping plots that only and then, really, only tangentially come together at the end.

The former is an autobiography written by Mary Seacole, a freeborn Jamaican Creole, who claimed that she used the energy and vitality received from her Scottish father and the healing skills taught to her by her Jamaican "doctress" mother to become a practicing war nurse.

Seacole However, the two texts powerfully demonstrate that the lives of Victorian women were far more autonomous in practice than traditional Victorian…… [Read More]. Home Topics Literature Antigone Essays. Vancouver Island University, May Works Cited Adams, S. Fate and Free Will. A Problem in Political Membership. Fogerty, Elsie, and Isabel Bonus. The Antigone of Sophocles: The Norton Anthology of World Literature.

Encyclopedia of the Self. Antigone and Ismene View Full Essay. Feminist readings of Antigone. Works Cited Berlin, N. A Discussion of Tragedy. Issue 1, June Accessed April 18, from Psychoanalysis Downunder: Works Cited Butler, Judith. Kinship Between Life and Death.

Columbia University Press, Is It All Greek? Antigone Theme of Fate and Free Will. Oxford University Press, Work Cited Blits, Jan. Introduction to Deadly Thought: Information Retrieved July 01, Antigone, Oedipus the King, Oedipus and Colonus. Works Cited Ibsen, Henrik. References Boyd, Catherine Bradshaw. The Isolation of Antigone and Lady Macbeth. The Classical Journal, vol. Creon as a Tragic Character in "Antigone. Comparison of Macbeth and Oedipus.

Structure and Plot of Antigone.

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- Creon as the Tragic Hero in Antigone This essay will compare two of the characters in “Antigone”, Antigone and Creon, in an effort to determine the identity of the tragic hero in this tale. To identify the tragic hero in Sophocles’ renowned play “Antigone”, we should first consider both the elements present in Greek tragedies and what characteristics .

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Essay on Antigone vs. Creon Words | 6 Pages. In the Greek play Antigone writer Sophocles illustrates the clash between the story’s main character Antigone and her powerful uncle, Creon. King Creon of Thebes is an ignorant and oppressive ruler.

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Segal, Charles Paul. “Sophocles’ Praise of Man and the Conflicts of the Antigone.” In Sophocles: A Collection of Critical Essays, edited by Thomas Woodward. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, Focuses on the individuality of Creon and Antigone instead of, as many other studies do, on their contrasts and conflicts. Antigone Essay Recognizing the True Issue in Antigone The play Antigone begins with a very basic introduction to fifth and sixth century Greek theatre and gives the audience (or readers) a simple synopsis of the importance of Greek theatre at the time and by extension its ultimate value to the writers themselves.