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Antigone: Innocent Suffering
Transcript of Antigone: Innocent Suffering
Oedipus the King
, Creon claimed he had no wish to be king. However, he seemed to have had a change of thought between then and Antigone. Throughout the course of the play, Creon makes himself known for harsh punishments and tyrannic rule, and is the main cause of all of the suffering
Despite Creon's threat, Antigone takes it upon herself to bury Polynices and free his soul. She gets captured by some guards, and is delivered to Creon. Because she showed love to one of her brothers, Creon sentences her to death, even after Antigone defends her actions.
The very first example of innocent suffering in th play occurs after Polynices death. In a fight with his brother Eteocles, the two manage to kill each other. Creon names Eteocles a hero and Polyneices a traitor. As a punishment, he orders that Polynices be left unburied, therefore preventing his soul from traveling to the afterlife. He decrees anybody who buries the body will die.
After learning that her son Haemon has died, Eurycides goes to a state a angiush. She escapes into the palace, where she commits suicide.
Haemon was set to be Antigone's husband, before Creon sentenced her to death. Haemon attempts to persuade his father to change his mind, before getting into an argument and storming out on him. Haemon sees Antigone hanging dead, and attempts to kill Creon. When he misses, he runs himself through with his sword.
Creon summons for Antigone, and Antigone makes one final attempt to get Creon to change his mind. Her efforts fail, and she learns her fate from Creon. She is not to be executed, but she shall be entombed in cavern in complete solitude, where she "may live or die, as she may choose." Antigone chooses to hang herself.
Tragedy and Suffering
: Innocent Suffering
The fifth interpretation of Greek plays states, "Life is basically tragic and full of suffering; even the innocent must suffer. The Greek play
, written by Sophocles, has many very good examples of this among its characters, including Antigone, Ismene, Haemon, and Polynices.
At the start of the play, Ismene attempts to stop Antigone from burying Polynices, fearing for her life. She refuses to assist Antigone, calling her foolish and reckless. However, when Antigone is captured, Ismene is also taken into custody and sentenced to death for supposedly assisting Antigone.
Circle of Suffering
Antigone contains many instances of suffering. If you examine each one, you can find a cycle. Each person that suffers causes another person to suffer. Eventually, it all comes back around to Creon, who caused all of the innocent suffering.