Sophocles Antigone Steadfast Love and Sexuality

Sophocles Antigone Steadfast Love and Sexuality

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  • Date Submitted: 05/24/2008 2:30 PM
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Sophocles's Antigone: Steadfast Faith and The Sexuality of a Woman

Sophocles's Antigone¸ is a great Greek tragedy, a beautifully written play and an universal play. Marriage, bearing of children and their sexuality were the few things that a woman in Ancient Greece had control of. Women were in charge of men if they used their sexuality along with their intellect. The protagonist of this play is Antigone, has faith, is a family driven female, and has much respect for her gods. Also respect for the dead, Hades, and the Nether Gods; unlike the antagonist, King Creon. In the end, the fallen end up with the power and the powerful end up becoming the fallen. Fate it may seem, the woman is the man and the man is the woman. Antigone, being only a woman shows courage beyond her status thanks to her steadfast faith and her sexuality; which also helps the demise of the one whom opposes her.

A leap of faith is needed to start you off with courage; you need to believe in something truly to be courageous and without it you may be just a fool. Antigone possesses steadfast faith and it helps a lot. Antigone is a devotee of the Ancient Greek Gods, follows "the immortal unrecorded laws of God…" (Sophocles, II: 62) and Creon inhibits the unwritten law with his written law. He is against the burial of the enemy of the state, meaning Antigone is opposing her uncle. Without her faith, I doubt she'd be as confident in going against the state. She is the solid mountain that does not bow when the wind blows. Antigone even goes to the point where she is willing to die for her dead brother. "Antigone upholds this right on grounds of religious authority and thus becomes a martyr in her death." (Ormand, 79). Antigone believes that what she is doing is righteous, "…the very touchstone of nobility." (Kirkwood, 119) Her faith in the laws of God is impressionable. She doesn't want anyone to take responsibility over her actions because they are hers. Its can be compared to...

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