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Character Comparison of 'Antigone' from Antigone and 'Nora' from A Doll's House

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Character Comparison of 'Antigone' from Antigone and 'Nora' from A Doll's House. My essay is about the two major female characters from 'Antigone' and 'A Doll's House'. I will compare and discuss the similarities of the two characters. 'A Doll's House is a Norwegian play set in 1877 which is written by Henrik Ibsen. 'Antigone' is a Greek play written by Sophocles in 441 B.C. Both plays are very similar in concept and style in the sense that there are a small number of characters and there is only one scene i.e. the living room in 'A Doll's House' and the palace in 'Antigone'. It is only in 'Antigone' where the scene changes at the end of the play. Another important thing to note about the play is how the story is told to the audience. In 'Antigone' the tragedy is known to the audience in the beginning of the play, but the suspense of the play is brought by the revelation of events that lead to the death of Antigone. In 'A Doll's House' the story is carefully explored giving us reasons for Nora's action. We are only told towards the end of the play the real tragedy of Nora's actions. The purpose of my essay is to compare and discuss the similarities of the two main female characters in 'Antigone' and 'A Doll's House'. ...read more.

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It is only in the final act of the play when Nora and Torvald have an argument that she reveals her true self. She tells him that for the past eight years of their marriage she has been performing tricks for him like she did for her father before he died. She has realized that she has never been appreciated by her father or her husband. On the other hand Torvald realizes that he no longer loves Nora and is more than worried that his reputation may be ruined by the loan that she took out and is not prepared to sacrifice his life for his family or wife. It is because of this argument that Nora realises that throughout her life she has lead a 'doll' like existence, only living to satisfy other people's desires. She now fully understands that she is unhappy in the marriage and decides to leave. This is the first time in her life that she has thought of herself and not of anyone else. It is also the first time she has thought of herself as a human being and not as a wife or a mother. She exits the house by slamming the door behind her at the end of the play to live a life for who she is and explore her personality, ambitions, and beliefs. ...read more.

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Another similarity in the play are the role of two main male characters, Creon and Torvald, who care a lot about their reputation. Creon feels his authority has much more value therefore he is willing to pass a law that challenges the law of gods. Both men appear to be close minded, selfish, and stubborn to see that what they are doing maybe wrong and are more worried about how their social status in society will be affected. Creon somehow is seen a bit sympathetic to Antigone, but only for political purposes as he knows that she will be useful to Thebes as a mother than a martyr, so therefore he tries to cover her crimes. However, she refuses to do so, not because she wants to be famous for her death, but because she wants to complete her duty as sister. On the other hand Torvald is only concerned about his himself and his happiness. Torvald and Creon realized their mistake, but it was too late by then. Despite Torvald saying that he was in love with Nora and was prepared to sacrifice himself for her it was Haemon who actually made the ultimate sacrifice for his true love, Antigone. Unfortunately it was a sacrifice that neither one of the women were able to see. Words: 1, 739 English World Literature Osman Amin IB - 2 1 ...read more.

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