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After reading Antigone by an ancient Greek play writer Sopocles one might realized that Sopocles uses imagery Imagery is the use of vivid or figurative language to represent objects actions or ideas It can be found that he uses many different things in his play to show imagery One of the main ones is the imagery of birds To give a better understanding of what he does he uses birds to represent something else that is important in the play In the play birds are used as imagery for family fighting an animal and as something that eats dead people There is one time that sticks out when talking about how birds are used to represent family The Sentry says A mother bird come back to a stripped nest III 37-38 This is showing that a mother cares for its child and when it comes back to an empty nest it is sad I the context of this part of the story the Sentry used the bird to represent Antigone which represents family because she went to her brother Polyneices to bury him because they were family The broken nest shows how he was not buried This quote that is said by the Sentry after he tells Creon that it was Antigone who put the dust on Polyneices It wants to show that she was only being a good brother There are other ways also that birds are used to represent something else in this play Birds are used in this play to represent fighting also In scene five Teiresias says that he had a sign from heaven and it was about birds fighting and in the end both of them dying To quote Teiresias Where the birds gather around me They were all a-chatter V 13 This is relating back to Polyneices and Eteocles fighting and then killing each other The quote shows how the birds were just sitting there and they just started
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