Forgot your password?  

Antigone Themes

This Study Guide consists of approximately 64 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of Antigone.
This section contains 1,024 words
(approx. 4 pages at 300 words per page)
Purchase our Antigone Study Guide

Themes

Thematic Overview

Antigone was written over two thousand years ago, in a land that is still considered the birthplace of democracy. Sophocles was a part of this democratic movement, but custom, tradition, and the rules of the gods also played an important role in Greek life. This is reflected in the themes present in the play: choices and their consequences; custom and tradition; gods and religion, and betrayal. These issues make Antigone constant in terms of its relevance to audiences of all times, as these issues represent some of the fundamental challenges faced by humankind.

Choices and Consequences

Just as in life, choices in Antigone have their consequences. From the outset, Antigone's decision to bury Polyneices seals her fate. Her refusal to obey Creon's edict to leave her brother’s body to be consumed by wild animals leads to her capture and to her death. Similarly, Ismene's refusal to...

(read more from the Themes section)

This section contains 1,024 words
(approx. 4 pages at 300 words per page)
Purchase our Antigone Study Guide
Copyrights
Antigone from BookRags and Gale's For Students Series. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
Follow Us on Facebook