Was Antigone a Strong Woman or a Brat??

Essay by RaianeHigh School, 10th gradeA, March 2007

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In the play "Antigone" by Sophocles, Antigone is the protagonist. As the play’s protagonist, she demonstrates courage and clarity. Throughout the play she shows out to be a extremely strong and determined woman, not only for her time, but for ours too.

Traditionally, women at her time were characterized as weak and subordinate, just like Antigone’s sister Ismene. At the beginning of the play Antigone tells Ismene that she is planning to defy Creon’s order and bury Polynices, her brother who died in a battle against Eteocles, for power in Thebes. Ismene tries to dissuade Antigone from her act of rebellion. I personally see Ismene as Antigone’s foil in this play.

Antigone was not intimidated by her sister or her uncle Creon. She was determined to bury her brother and she would do whatever she had to in order to achieve her goal. She was determined to bury Polynices no matter what that would cost her.

When Sentry brings the news to Creon, that someone disobeyed his order, Creon gets furious and tells Sentry that if he didn’t bring him the man who tried to bury Polynices, he was going to be the one to pay for the crime.

When Sentry came back, he brings Antigone with him. “Here is this woman. She is the guilty one” said Sentry. “But this is Antigone! Why have you brought her here?” asked Creon. Sentry explained Creon the whole story, and said that he saw Antigone burying her brother with his own eyes. When Creon asked Antigone if the story Sentry just told was true, she affirmed everything. She showed no sign of regret and stood up to Creon like no women at her time would do. She was a strong woman, capable of...