Antigone – by Sophocles

Bravery could indeed be the nucleus of this story, more specific of the main character, Antigone. Back in Ancient Greece, during the reign of Creon, we have the opportunity to meet Oedipus’s daughter, a young lady that proves us all what love for the ones who share the same blood with you means. Even though her brother, Polynices, was considered a traitor and despite of the interdiction given by the king which was forbidding the burial ceremony for Antigone’s sibling, she still decides not to obey the rules and to offer him proper funerals. She is showing us loyalty too, choosing to stick to Polynices instead of choosing to live. Now, the punishment for breaking this particular rule was death. So yes, this girl is risking her life, all in the name of honour and love for her brother. Perhaps such a rebellious act does not appeal to your hearts that much, but think of what her soul was facing when nobody was supporting her and when the king’s order was threatening her, like an inner voice constantly mocking your brain. What’s also fascinating about this Sophocles masterpiece is the absence of gods. Now, their existence was recognized and people believed in them and were respecting them, yet no one asks them for help. Not even Antigone before she dives herself into this risky mission. Therefore, we have no supernatural intervention and only mundane will and abilities.

As a summary of all the above, I suggest you to read this story because, in a world full of superficial events, where all we have left is our desperate try to find the essence of nonessential things, getting in touch with a lion heart such as Antigone’s, even fictionally, is a treasure. This writing is giving us the chance to witness the drama of a strong and ambitious young girl, and to find ourselves beyond surface, maybe even stuck in the tangled chain of feelings.

«Sophocles was an ancient Greek tragedian, borned in 497/496 in Colonus, Attica and died in 405/406 in Athens.»


One thought on “Antigone – by Sophocles

  1. This one is indeed nice. Antigone is a proof of how noble people were back then, even though nowadays they tend to be more selfish and self-centred. I too appreciate the absence of the direct intervention of gods, because they are way too overrated, even though Creon gets a divine punishment in the end.

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