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Antigone

Often times in life it is the smallest creatures that take upon themselves the task of carrying the largest loads.Trudging on, though burden after burden is stacked upon their shoulders.Never was there a more blatant representation of this fact than can be found in the Grecian play, Antigone. A lowly woman charged with the passionate crimes that her heart had committed, and forced to bear the consequences of her unruly devotion alone.Lost in a sea of woes and consumed by the treachery that ruled her life, Antigone sought to do right in the eyes of the gods; though it meant disobeying the laws of her earthly deities.The play (itself) is based on this central conflict, and revolves around the controversy that occurs when a woman stands (for all of the reasons) that the men (she stands against), should have.
Antigone is young; and with her youth comes the fiery spirit of a separate rebellious freedom. "Antigone represents the rule of heart over head, of intuition fed by faith in the supervening right of divine ordinances" ( McGraw 206).Thus, defying the decrees of a mortal master meant no more to Antigone, than did her presence to the sovereign (Creon)."I have longer to please the dead than to please the living here; in the kingdom down below I'll be forever" (Antigone 647).Though she knew the consequences of her actions long before the deed was done, she knew also the consequences of not acting.Antigone felt a moral obligation to fulfill the wishes of the
gods she worshipped, rather than succumb to the unethical technicalities of her earthly life.
Antigone's nemesis throughout the tale is a man fixated on the strength that he possess' and the power that he wishes to.He holds himself in high esteem, as a god to those whom he rules.Sophocles called him Creon, but there are many more appropriate names.Women were seen as toys, tossed about and

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