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When a piece of work has a serious drama typically describing a conflict between the protagonist and a superior force and has a sorrowful or disastrous conclusion that excites pity or terror it classifies as a tragedy The most famous tragedies were written by authors hundreds of years ago Those works consisted of incredible structure and meaning that allows readers to learn from the characters mistakes The tragedies of Antigone and Othello were written with tremendous depth and are structured in such a way that both characters are victims despite their crimes The tragedy of Sophocles Antigone is scaled down in this play to the dimensions of a human drama After the defeat of the seven princes who attack Thebes Creon the new king forbids the burial of the traitor Polynices His sister Antigone preferring the gods laws to mans disobeys and is sent to her death by Creon For this Creon is punished by Heaven with the suicide of his own wife and son Creon is not necessarily wrong with his decision he is simply intoxicated with his new authority The Chorus the voice of heaven condemns Creon for his action Creons real problem comes from the fact that Antigone is neither fully right nor wrong The situation is that the loyalties to divine law and loyalties to the state are incompatible Antigone is completely possessed by the interests of her sacred duties to her family Whereas Creon is taken by the interests of the community and of his political life As a result the two of them must clash and suffer as the suicide of Antigone Haemon and Eurydice However when justice is done there is no place for pity The complexity presented in the play is the true essence of the tragedy Othello written by William Shakespeare is a tragedy of broken love Its true tragedy might not lie so much in the lovers deaths
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