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Julia BelferLLE 220Dr HerronTopic What Greek values does Antigone or Oedipus represent While yourfocus will be on the play the essay should also be informed by historicalresearchIn Sophocles play Antigone we can distinguish the main characterspersonal traits as being individualistic familiar and democraticAntigones traits and behavior reflect the individualisticfamily anddemocratic values of GreeceAn the beginning of the play we see Antigone having a conversation with hersister Ismene about theirs brothers burial Antigone is determined to dosomething for her brother she feel a strong loyalty in her brother She iscapable of disobeying de law just to honor her brother Antigone manifests And even if I die in the that death will be gloryline 86 The fact ofsacrifice her life for her brothers honor glorifies her In addition sheasserts to Creon Give me glory What greater could I win than to give myown brother decent burialline 561 Again she expresses how satissfiedshe feels giving her life for her brothers honor These need of honoringand prasing the family is a Greek value In the book Hybrys A study in thevalues of honor and shame in Ancient Grece points Those who emgaeddeeply in the politcal life were indeed said constantlyfrom Homer toAristotle to see honour as their primary goal and to sacrifice othergoals and even risk their lives to achieve it This explanation portraysAntigone situation she sacrifice other goals and her life just to achiveher primary goal honoring his brother The feeling that Antigone has forher family reflect the value of family that Greeks had In the ClassicalGreek culture the family was the basis of the social structure The familyhad to offers financial ad emotional support to the member and the memberof the family are expected to help relatives in times of need Honoringthe family as Antigone insistes was a very important Greek value Thearticle Culture Development informs Honor functions as a moral commoditydefining or at least contributing to a
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