Antigone Rhetorical Analysis

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Sophocles, the author of Antigone, starts of his play with a traditional prologue. In the Prologue, Antigone and Ismene are the two speaking. There conversation goes back and forth, each character speaking for the same amount of time. When both Antigone and Ismene speak, they make their points by using strong diction, trying to catch the others attention. The use of rhetorical questions are seen in both characters lines. The main reason for this use is to try to make the other participant of the discussion really think about what they are saying. Throughout the entire prologue the two sisters dispute about the deaths in their family and if they should push to give them a proper burial. In the Prologue, the best way to describe the flow of the conversation between…show more content…
The reason this onomatopoeia explains the flow of the the conversation is that the way Antigone and Ismene just throw statements and questions at each other, is almost seems like their hypothetically “shooting shots” at each other. During the discussion, surprisingly no one is really interrupted while speaking. There was one case on page 189 where it seems that Antigone interrupts Ismene, when she blurts “Oh tell it! Tell every one!”(Sophocles). In the prologue is when Antigone most shows her loyalty to her family. This loyalty is seen when Antigone states “Creon is not strong enough to stand in my way”(Sophocles 187). What this quote really shows is Antigone’s determination to give her brother a proper burial, not matter who or what stands in her way. Antigone and Ismene are represented as opposites in this section of the play. The

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