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In Ancient Greece women had the traditional roles of an obedient housewife in their everyday lives These roles where what the men thought as just In many tragedies of Greek women the woman appears as strong and defiant and able to carry out matters that would take a lot of courage The characterization of Antigone in Sophocles Antigone challenges ones assumptions about the roles and behavior of the typical Greek women In her defiance of both Creon and his edict she is challenging tyranny and her kin The portrayal of the masculine woman as heroine was fully developed in Sophocles Antigone Pomeroy 83 Although ancient Greece was a male-dominate society Antigone portrays a women as being strong and capable of making wise decisions Traditionally women are characterized as weak and subordinate Through the character of Antigone Sophocles displays a women going against the traditional views of society Sophocles uses Ismene as a representation of what every woman in Thebes should be like Antigone has the opposite viewpoint of Ismene as to rather or not to defy Creon You would bury him when it is forbidden to Thebes Sophocles 83 If every women in Thebes were to be like Ismene and most of them are then nobody would stand up for what they believe in For Antigone death was a small price to pay for what she believed in Antigone takes on masculine traits in her defiance of Creon She shows a defiance of Creons laws in burying Polynices and as a direct verbal assault on Creon himself But for it Creon deemed me guilty of error and of outrage Sophocles 101 Creon becomes angry that a woman questions his sovereignty and condemns her to death even though she was the daughter of his sister Jocasta Creon characterizes Antigones burial of Polyneices as a masculine assertion of independence Droege Paragraph 2 What man alive has dared this deed Sophocles 87 he immediately yells out
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