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To what extent does the audience empathize with Antigone’s actions/intentions?

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Alexandre Silva To what extent does the audience empathize with Antigone's actions/intentions? In the play "Antigone" written by Sophocles he talks about how the King of Thebes, Creon, loses everything by wanting to punish his son's fianc�, Antigone, with death. Along the play there are three main actions from Antigone, which somehow affect the audience. Her important actions start at the beginning of the play when she decides to bury her brother Polynices defiling Creon's strict orders. As the play keeps going we understand that Antigone starts regretting what she did to her brother and this is when we get to the second main action/intention. The play finishes with her third and last action where she hangs herself in the tomb where she was locked to death. The whole play starts with a discussion between the two sisters, Antigone and Ismene. ...read more.

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After she buries the body of her brother, Antigone goes to Creon's where she admits everything accepting therefore the punishment. She starts discussing with Creon showing the morals, the laws of the Gods, which led her to do her actions. In this discussion we are able to understand that at this point she is regretting what she did. Only now she understood how death was close and she was scared as she realized it. She starts blaming her family. Antigone said "..., and I their wretched child. I go to them now, cursed, unwed, to share their home." (Antigone line 954-955). From that passage she basically stated that her own family had cursed her which was the first scene all through the play that showed any sign of weakness coming from Antigone. Fear of death, obviously her weakness. ...read more.

Conclusion

Creon could have easily changed his mind, and there were fair amounts of warning. However, his decisions lead him into an empty life that could have been adverted if only he would have put his pride aside for a while. But everything happened because he was too egotistical and too temperamental. Even worse than to be killed, he lost everyone he cared around him. Finally, Antigone achieved glory even if she is dead already and we can see her as an example by always fighting for what she believed was right. In my opinion Antigone's actions were honorable. Even if she showed weakness once she obeyed the gods' laws which come before mortal laws in my point-of-view. In death, you will answer to your god and no man will have control of your fate in the world that lies hereafter. Therefore, by obeying the gods, hopefully, will result in a happy afterlife, which are what most people strive for in ancient times and now. ...read more.

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