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Antigone A Martyr a Masochist and a Victim of TyrannyThe play Antigone written by Sophocles takes place in the 400s BC in the town of Thebes Greece When Antigone hears her brother shall not have a proper burial she breaks the kings order and sprinkles dirt over Polyneices body Antigone pleads for her life but Creon the king locks her up in a room of stone in the wilderness Haimon engaged to Antigone attempts to rescue her but finds her dead Then Haimon kills himself after an argument with his dad Creon After that Euridice kills herself over the grief of her sons death Antigone can be considered a martyr a masochist and a victim of tyrannyAntigone is a person who willingly and pleasurably suffers death rather than renouncing her cause for which she has taken a stand I should have praise and honor for what I have done When Antigone is saying this it is telling the readers that she is willingly and pleasurably bringing death upon herself to show respect for her brother The following quote also stated by Antigone is more proof that she is a martyr and a masochist You are alive but I belong to death If Antigone is not a martyr or masochist then there would be no point to the playAntigone definitely is an innocent victim of tyranny When Creon tells Haimon The state is the king this shows us that Creon has absolute power over the people of Thebes In scene III when Creon tells Thebes he will lock Antigone in a room of stone to starve to death we can see that Creon uses cruel punishment for non-just crimes After Creon hears Teiresias he finally realizes that he has made a bad decision with his authority It is hard to deny the heart But I will do it I will not fight with destiny This is when he realizes he has made the wrong decision and
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