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To suggest that in Sophocles Antigone Antigone gets what she wants and Creon gets what he deserves is clearly a contentious statement On a simplistic level this may seem to be the case Antigone gets the burial of her brother which she desires from the outset whilst Creons life ends in tragedy because of his thoughtless actions However this argument is undoubtedly based on plain facts alone and this analysis can conceivably be abolished because it ignores many other fundamental details of the plot By contrasting the characters ends with the experiences they undergo and their ends it seems that Antigone does not get exactly what she wants nor does Creon get exactly what he deserves Sophocles characterises Antigone as a headstrong spirit from the outset she wants the burial of her brother and she is determined to get it even if she has to break the law and sacrifice her life in order to do so Without examining any other events the fact that she does bury him does suggest that her aim is fulfilled But this view is a reductionist not a holistic approach to the play To begin with the plot of the play is based on the fact that Antigone did not get what she wanted initially and so essentially Antigone never gets her way because Creon does not give Polynices the funeral rites that Eteocles had at least not until Antigone is dead However there are many other ways in which Antigone does not get exactly what she wants At the start she wants her sister to help her in the act will you lift up his body with these bare hands and lower it with me but Ismene declines defy the city I have no strength for that At least where her sister is concerned Antigone obviously does not get what she wants do as you like dishonour the laws the gods hold in honour This trouble occurs again
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