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This student essay consists of approximately 3 pages of analysis of Antigone.
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Antigone

Summary: In Sophocles play "Antigone," Creon uses his power as the king of Thebes unfairly and disrespectfully. Disregarding Creon's edict, Antigone buries her brother Polyneices; for this act, and because women in Creon's eyes are inferior to men and should never act against his wishes, Creon sentences Antigone to death. Creon eventually sees the error of his ways in destructive fashion, as Antigone kills herself and, in a chain reaction, Creon's son and then Creon's wife kill themselves. Creon learns the hard way that power blinds, so one should always keep reality in plain view.
Power vs. Reality

Antigone is a play by Sophocles about a king who uses his power unfairly and does not have a good grasp on reality. Creon, the king of Thebes, has so much stubborn pride and is so ignorant throughout the play. He wants to punish Antigone for burying her brother, Polyneices, for many reasons. First, she disregarded Creon's edict (imposing on Creon's power), second, she is a woman (Creon does not believe women are equal to men), and third, Antigone's decision to bury her brother had a huge impact on Creon's life (Creon's son and wife both kill themselves, leaving Creon all alone).

Creon announced after the battle between Antigone's two brothers that Polyneices should, rather than be given a proper burial, be left to decompose in the open. Antigone overlooked Creon's order and did perform a burial ritual over her brother. Creon was outraged that someone...

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