Antigone Research Paper

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Jana Zschoche Social Foundations I (Mon & Wed 12:30-1:45; Bldg. WAVE Room 431) September 10, 2014 Antigone (1.) Writing in complete sentences and in your own words, identify three main ideas in Sophocles’ Antigone: A. Sophocles’ Antigone highlights the potential for power to corrupt an individual, rendering them unable to see past themselves. Creon illustrates this as he takes on the leadership of Thebes, attempting to rule but also allowing the position to make him too stubborn and dismissive of the views of others. As well as enacting cruel measures and terrifying Thebans, he has grown arrogant in his new role, blinding him from seeing the problems with his actions. Through Creon and his tragic ending, Sophocles emphasizes the probability…show more content…
The conflict between the state and the gods is central to Antigone, with Creon acting strictly as the ruler of Thebes and Antigone basing her actions on religious traditions. Instead of making decisions based on how they were supposed to act in accordance with the gods, Creon made laws fitting to his beliefs of justice and order. Additionally, Ismene plans to stay on the right side of Creon’s law rather than desiring to please the gods. Antigone, on the other hand, wishes for her brother to be buried with the traditional methods so that. C. free will/fate (2.) For each main idea you identified above, quote a corresponding passage from Antigone: A. After Creon responds harshly and threatens him, the watchman expresses this relief and plan, in one of several instances that show how much Creon intimidates the Thebans and makes them fearful of him in his position of…show more content…
Power and its ability to corrupt a person in a position to rule or command are not limited to the time of Greek tragedies such as Antigone. It certainly occurred before the writing of Antigone around 440 BCE and has continued to pervade societies and governments, including modern times. It feels like we are constantly hearing about the actions of a corrupt official in our government or in another country, as the essence of power and its effects have not changed in the years since Antigone. It is a basic part of power and its relation to human nature. Rather than kings of ancient kingdoms and cities, some of today’s presidents, prime ministers, representatives, and more have fallen to corrupt practices within their work in the government. This has also occurred outside of politics, instead happening with people in other positions of power and influence, from leaders in business to heads of other nongovernmental organizations. For centuries powerful people have allowed their power to go to their heads, to be swayed by bribes, to misuse their power, and committed crimes while using their status as a cover or excuse. Sophocles’ portrayal of this in Antigone is clearly still relevant today, as similar circumstances exist in countries around the

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