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Frailty is thy name woman Taken from this line reflects a common misconception about women According to some the sole purpose and duty of a woman is to serve her husband and look pretty Her voice is not heard Her thoughts are not taken into consideration Her virtue and intellect are not respected A woman is the effect of the cause that is man The women in the Oedipus Trilogy are depicted in such a manner They are almost background figures reacting to events but not causing them These women have feelings appropriate to their time and place Antigone is something of an exception to this rule As befits her she is a loving and loyal daughter and sister It is precisely this loyalty that makes her an active rather than a static figure Throughout the play Antigone amazingly retains the traditional role of women while at the same time boldly challenges this depiction This is precisely where the conflict between the sexes rises The denial of burial to Polynices strikes directly at her family loyalty for it was the immemorial privilege and duty of the women of the house to mourn the dead man in unrestrained sorrow sing his praises wash his body and consign him to the earth This enormous sense of loyalty leads to her simultaneous violation and abidement to the duty of women at the time In order for her to properly mourn her brother like every sister should Antigone was forced to boldly challenge the law set forth by her uncle and king Creon Unlike her sister Ismene refuses to challenge the male authority even if it means to not fulfill her duties as a sister Remember we are women were not born to contend with men Then too were underlings ruled by much stronger hands so we submit inthis and thingds still worse 634 These words stated by Ismene express her
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