Antigone - Ancient Greece

Topics: Sophocles, Oedipus, Ancient Greece Pages: 4 (1374 words) Published: October 27, 2011
Ancient Greece is arguably the birthplace of democracy, a society built on principles of equal rights and privileges. Ironically equality did not exist in this democracy because women could not vote. Woman had no say in government because they were not considered citizens. Women were treated as inferior to men, subjected to stay at home, marry and bear sons. This was a much maculated society. Sophocles lived from 497-406 B.C.E in Ancient Greece during this form of democracy. His plays reflect the ancient Greek society such as gods, kings, and woman. In the tragedy Antigone the male gender have a dominate role in society symbolizing power and dominance whereas women are believed to be beautiful and submissive. Sophocles in his tragedy demonstrates the imbalance of genders and the consequences of men who abuse their power and women who step out of the boundaries society place them in. The play Antigone resolves around two main characters Creon and Antigone. In the ancient Greek society Creon the king would always get his way. His law would be the law of the land. Antigone would be a wife, submissive to her husband and obediently taking orders from any male figures. Sophocles steps out of the norm in this tragedy. Sophocles did not just develop a play where a king was being question of his laws but he made the deviant a woman. Creon felt he had to make a law to enforce that anyone who went against Thebes would be harshly punished for it; meaning Eteocles will be honored and Polyneices will be dishonored. Polyneices body will not get a proper burial, instead it would rot in the open field and be eaten by vultures. Antigone states "Isn't a man's right to burial decreed by divine justice? I don't consider your pronouncements so important that they can just overrule the unwritten laws of heaven."(p. 17) She questioned the laws of the land arguing they were unjust and not the way of the Gods: this example is very similar to feminism in the sense that Antigone is...
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