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ANTIGONE: Major Characters in a play usually undergo a change of some sort. In the play you have studied, how is the change in the major characters linked to a key theme or themes?

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Major Characters in a play usually undergo a change of some sort. In the play you have studied, how is the change in the major characters linked to a key theme or themes?

Antigone is about how King Creon rules that Polynices the traitor is not to be buried, but his sister Antigone defies the order. She is caught, and sentenced by Creon to be buried alive - even though she is betrothed to his son Haemon. After the blind prophet Tiresias proves that the gods are on Antigone's side, Creon changes his mind - but too late. He goes first to bury Polynices, but Antigone has already hanged herself. When Creon arrives at the tomb, Haemon attacks him and then kills himself. When the news of their death is reported, Creon's wife Eurydice takes her own life. Creon is alone in his life, full of guilt.

The major characters in Antigone in my opinion are Antigone and Creon. Both undergo very major dramatic changes in their life. Antigone's changes are mainly linked to the themes of the position of women as a Greek and the theme of the individual versus the state and divine law

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