Antigone Sacrifice

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Antigone, by Sophocles, is a tragic story in which Antigone’s feelings of her death during her final speech may seem unclear. However, it becomes evident that Antigone comes to feel self-pity for her death and tries to invoke that feeling on the chorus by perceiving herself as a young lady who has and will never marry a man. This creates a certain aura of pureness and virginity surrounding her that makes others, as well as herself, feel her death is all the more tragic. Antigone pulls on the sympathetic strings of the chorus and audience by invoking self-pity. To make her death even more mournful and tragic, Antigone regards herself as a young unmarried woman, with much potential for marriage and birth, being sentenced to death before her time.…show more content…
The unmarried part is quite significant to Antigone, as it seems that much of her pity, or invoked pity, stems from it; one example of such is her comment on Acheron as a cold shore with “no bridesong there, nor any music”(225). Antigone’s description of Acheron brings to the attention of the chorus that Antigone has had no bridesong, or marriage, and will have none where she is headed, apperceiving her death as a lost opportunity. Antigone, being unmarried and untainted, also created an aura of pureness and youth that seems too innocent to kill. In addition, Antigone notes that there shall be no music, or company, at this cold shore and is trying to imply that she shall locked away, alone, when she should be happily enjoying life with a husband, Haimon. To show emphasis in the notion of her as a ‘lost bride’, Antigone later refers to her death as “where [she] must have neither love nor lamentation; no song, but silence”(227). The regard to her destination uses alliteration of the letter ‘l’, in love and

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