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OUTLINE I Antigone - A Complex Character ACommitted to Absolute Values BHero and Victim CFaith in Religion DPersistent Feminist ECourageous II Antigone - Examined ACommitted to Absolute Values 1Refuses to compromise with state 2Forces father of fianc to order her execution BHero and Victim 1Defies Creon 2is a woman CFaith in Religion 1Wants to obey divine law 2Puts divine law above human law DPersistent Feminist 1Disobeys regent 2Never loses hope ECourageous 1Accepts death to prove point 2Never weakens III Antigone - A Final Look INTERPRETATIONS OF ANTIGONE In the play Antigone written by Sophocles the main character is named Antigone Over the years critics have been divided in their interpretations of her personality and ideals in both negative and positive ways This term paper discusses many analysis of Antigone through the eyes of various critics Charles Seagal views Antigone as a character that not only fights for personal honor and glory but for the faith she has inside of her the faith that urges her to give a formal and proper burial to her family members no matter what The critic points out that Antigones choice to bury her brother and the manner of her death1 both constitute a trial of her heroic nature2 He stresses how she wants to give up her life to defend the value of family ties3 The author claims that Antigone strongly believes that family comes first and that her loyalties are to the family and to the religious usages in the proper treatment of the dead 4 Seagal emphasizes her stubborn suicidal determination 5 in defying King Creon He shows how through the whole ordeal Antigone was strong and even as her last moments arrive she seems to use what little fight she has left in her to the max At times in her lyrical lamentation Antigone seems on the verge of breaking down
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