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Krapps Last Tape and Antigone MAKING CHOICES AND SUFFERING LOSSES Sometimes in our lives through the natural course of events we come to a critical moment where all past choices and the circumstances that arise from them converge together with only one choice to make Knowing that the two paths most likely will not lead them to the same place how are people to know which path to take They say also that no one can control their own fate but why then are we held responsible for our own misfortunes The answers to these questions will not be found in this essay however hopefully we can shed light in that direction to gain some clarity In the plays Krapps Last Tape and Antigone classic stories of love and loss were portrayed The main characters of both plays each made a choice in which they suffered its consequence Specifically Antigone choose to bury her brother Polynecies after his death which in turn caused her own According to her sister Antigone was not making the wisest decision because Ismene knew it would cost their lives But as the townspeople were saying no other woman that they knew of ever died with such honor Also Creon King of Thebes made a bad decision of forcing his rule on Antigone because the sentencing caused the death of his wife and son directly Creons sin of pride was a deep transgression in which his son Haimon could not except because Antigone was Haimons wife Krapp sometime in his life had also made a bad choice regarding his love because in the play Samuel Beckett showed the pain and guilt Krapp was feeling through the relentless playback of the tapes Although in both plays the main characters had suffered loss after they had made their choices in Antigone the main character had made the crucial choice of her life due
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