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The Women Characters of Antigone By Anonymous Antigone by Sophocles is one of the most distinguished pieces of theatrical work that reflects upon Greek mythology and culture Antigone has several themes and circumstantial settings that can be indirectly referred or related to in modern society Sophocles uses various and strategically placed characters to present his play as well as his themes The play mainly revolves around Antigone who acts alongside her elder sister Ismene Both are daughters of Oedipus and Jocasta who are in the context of the play deceased This essay will analyze these two characters alongside one other female minor character Eurydice who contributes significantly to the development and success of the play From the start of the play the audience is given a vague idea of both Antigones and Ismenes characters Both sisters have suffered the anguish of having lost their brothers Eteocles and Polyneices It is at the beginning of the play that we see Antigones braveness She notifies Ismene of her intentions to bury Polyneices despite the fact that such an act is punishable by death for Creon considers Polyneices to be a traitor and that by not having his body buried Polyneices suffers a posthumous punishment She makes this declaration while being fully aware of the penalties involved and this brings to light several other things about her character The audience is able to see that she is confident in her actions and will justify anything that she does Meanwhile Ismene can be viewed as being afraid and uneager to agree to an action She confronts her sisters statements by saying But think of the danger Think what Creon will do 34 PrologueThis statement by Ismene create a vague feeling in the audience that Ismene is a pessimist This view is further reinforced when she says And do what he has forbidden We are women We cannot fight with men Antigone
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