Conflict in Antigone
Antigone is a dramatic piece of literature written by Sophocles and translated by Robert Fagles to portray, but not limited to, one major conflict. The major conflict portrayed is Antigone against the state but as the story unfolds another conflict begins to become apparent. This conflict is the never-ending conflict of men against women. These conflicts quickly become apparent as the story begins. After the death of her brothers, Antigone deliberately violates Creon’s law by burying her brother who was viewed as a traitor.
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Not only is she breaking state laws, but also breaking the barriers of women in this time period. Women in this time period were required to be obedient, loyal, and viewed as feeble. However, Antigone shows acts of courage, which was unheard of for women of this era. When her sister, Ismene, worries for Antigone, she pledges that the king “has no right to keep me from my own” (58-59). She is reverent, submissive, and timid. Although Ismene loves her sister, she cannot be persuaded to abandon her male-ruled lifestyle.
Sophocles. “Antigone.” Trans. Robert Fagles. Literature and the Writing Process. 9th ed. N.p.: Pearson Education, 2011. 722-57. Print.
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