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Through Tiresias we also find that the Ancient Greeks had a superstition against burying people alive. The Ancient Greeks also viewed going against the gods as having fatal consequences for the person and his family and kin. The Ancient Greeks routinely offered sacrifices to Dionysius, their god of the theater as well as of intoxicating spirits (Sophocles).
The play suggests that leadership is also about listening to the inputs of ones followers, following the promptings of intuition together with tradition and common sense, and taking to heart the lessons of the past (Sophocles).
In the play the women advised Creon, but had little power to change the will of the king and to change their fates. This is evidenced by the Eurydices passive role as wife of the king, and Antigones own inability to save herself from being buried alive (Sophocles).
The play seems to be silent about whether Antigone was older or younger than Ismene. This may have been deliberate, meaning that it does not really affect the outcome of the play either way
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The Greeks were then attracted to the delicate balance between free will and submission to the gods. The time period demanded the development of tragic plays that explore fates and the incessant struggles between gods and mortals, while emphasizing that mortals are powerless against their fates or the will of the gods.
As the play opens Antigone meets her sister Ismene and they lament these past occurrences. In addition to their father Oedipus’ tragedy, their brothers Polyneices and Eteocles killed themselves in a conflict. Since Polyneices fought against Thebes, Creon – the new king of Thebes – has ordered that his corpse remain unburied.
According to Creon, Antigone does not deserve to go against the will of her people and the city law as much as she is trying to exercise what she thinks to be morally right. Antigone seem self-sacrificing and daring but also selfish and self-oriented because it looks like she just wants to be popular for burying her brother especially the way she brags after she is arrested by Creon.
Using this broad definition it would be difficult to decide between Antigone and Creon as the hero of the play. However despite the more obvious claim that Antigone has to heroism, I believe Creon is as worthy of the term as she does. As the story unfolds, we are introduced to Antigone, one of the daughters of Oedipus.
The ways in which we interpret dramatic works largely depend on our experience of theatre practices and on our familiarity with genre conventions. Our ability to laugh at antics of a stock character or watch with pity and compassion a tragic hero's downfall is defined by our awareness of certain cultural codes, norms and traditions.
E. Norton (2005) expressed, 'the play is a veritable repository of all the characteristics of Spanish Romanticism. Its impact in Spain was comparable to that of Victor Hugo's Hernani in France five years earlier-which is to say, enormous' (298). The play, which even to this day is 'considered the height of the romantic manifestation with regard to the [Spanish] stage,' explicitly references its central theme of Destiny in the title - 'la fuerza del sino' as it applies to the struggle and ultimate defeat of the protagonist (Young 1933, 278).
This play also addresses the concept of free will and determinism, despite the fact that Oedipus did not become the victim of fate. Although he kills the ex-king, but this action was totally based on his intentions to get the throne. He has been criticised for his act, but his determination and will to have access to the throne is highlighted solidly in this play.
On the other hand, pragmatism is defined as setting aside one idea to pursue a lesser, more achievable ideal, and involves pursuing practical approaches to problems. A pragmatist is said to be a person who is primarily concerned with the success or failure of his actions.
Maybe that is why when I entered the shower, I saw the pale-colored shower tower and the creamy bubbles of the hand soap as the clouds that hide the moon. I began to think then that maybe there are some things I want to do that remain
The story of King Oedipus influenced future literature by creating a plot involving tragedy. The tragic story of the death of king Oedipus by the hand of his son and the tragedy is reflected on the literature books and poems that were written after
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