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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. ...read more.

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Antigone rises up against the state power alone. She rises up against the state power because of the divine law in which she has heavy beliefs in and because she strongly believes that the state is doing wrong in not allowing her brother Polynices to be buried and can not believe that Polynices could be a traitor. Antigone is a threat to the status quo. She invokes divine law as defense of her actions, but hidden in her position is faith in the discerning powers of her individual conscience. She sacrifices her life out of devotion to principles higher than human law. Antigone can either be seen as an ignorant fool because she does not want to believe he is a traitor and that the state is wrong. Or she can be seen as the heroine who goes against the state to do what she believes is the truly right thing to do. The freedom of Greek woman during the 5th and 6th century was very limited. ...read more.

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He is completely loyal to the state, but he is subject to human weakness and poor judgment. Creon has committed himself to acts he finds despicable if the order of the state demands it. Antigone's insistence on her desire in face of state power brings ruin into Thebes and to Creon specifically. With the death of his family, Creon is left utterly alone in the palace. His throne even robs him of his mourning, the king and his pace sadly shuttling off to a cabinet meeting after the announcement of the family's deaths. Antigone and Creon both undergo many changes to their personality, their beliefs, and their ways of living. But in the end it is only Creon who has the ability to change his life and keep on living it in a more respectable and more understanding way. But Creon has to live with the deaths and his fatal mistakes that he has made. Antigone has a very short time to adapt to the changes in her life but she does not see much point because she has been sentenced to a very slow death. ...read more.

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