Antigone, by Sophocles, is a tragedy about family loyalty and respect for the dead. Antigone respects her brother’s wishes to be buried where she thinks he should be laid to rest. Antigone follows her moral code in these actions, not realizing that she will be severely punished. The use of the chorus was very important because it created tension through Antigone’s emotionally torn state as well as foreshadowed Antigone’s death. The Chorus acts much like a person watching an opera or play would act today i. . , they feel a part of Antigones situation while not being there beside her.
Another example of foreshadowing can be seen after King Creon has Antigone buried alive. Antigone prays for something to happen but the Chorus foreshadows Antigones death, saying “Your wish will be fulfilled. ” (1255) Catharsis is when an audience has an emotional response to a performance. Antigone’s catharsis was that she realized how far her actions had led her into disobedience and misery.
Catharsis does not necessarily mean that the audience feels happy after watching Antigone’s story unfold; It can also mean feeling disturbed by Antigone’s situation or simply understanding it in their minds instead of feeling connected to Antigone. The Chorus’ connection throughout Antigone creates this emotional response because they act like spectators who, at times, understand Antigone’s desires without actually feeling them. For instance, Antigone wishes that someone would say something to stop her family’s pain after she is taken away.
The Chorus responds by saying “Your wish will be fulfilled. ” Antigone never gets to hear these words so it leaves the audience with an emotionally distraught response. Antigone has this catharsis because of both her death and the Chorus’ foreshadowing leading up to it. Antigone experiences this because she does not realize that King Creon is going to punish her severely for burying her brother; Antigones realization comes when she realizes that death has taken over her body; Antigones final thought is about how now she will be with the one she loves most, which is her brother.
Antigone’s catharsis takes place when Antigone realizes that no matter what decision she makes from here on out, Antigones fate has been sealed because Antigone will never get to live beyond this moment. This catharsis has a major effect on the Chorus because they finally see Antigone die after being foreshadowed throughout the entire play. The use of foreshadowing and a connection between a Chorus with Antigone allows for a great emotional response in Antigone because it creates tension and an understanding of who Antigone is as a character rather than just knowing her backstory.
Antig tragic struggles against King Creon’s authoritative power make Antigone’s tragedy a timeless play with a cathartic ending for the audience. Antigone is a play that deals with the conflict between divine and secular law, as represented by Antigone and Creon, respectively. Antigone’s death shows how Antigone is willing to die for what she believes in and the consequences of this choice, something that Sophocles felt was a timeless lesson. Sophocles’ Antigone highlights an ongoing debate about the tragedy: whether pleasure or knowledge comes from witnessing suffering.
Antigone’s feelings in the play may be intense, but they are not effective in leading readers or audiences to a renewed understanding of their own lives. Antigone is represented as sorrowful rather than tragic because Antigones fate has been sealed from the start due to Antigones choices throughout the play, making Antigones catharsis less effective when it is seen more as a way of witnessing suffering rather than finding pleasure in Antigones tragic story.
Antigone’s death is a way of showing Antigones strength and how Antigone displayed her weakness when she was brought before King Creon, but Antigone’s death becomes sadder than inspiring for the audience because Antigones choices throughout the play lead to her demise. The Chorus in Sophocles’ Antigone shows both sides of the argument: that suffering is not belief effective and it does not allow an emotional response from catharsis to take place. The Chorus does not show Antigones emotions directly but through foreshadowing so it allows for an emotional response without having feelings connected directly to Antigone.
Sophocles uses foreshadowing to create Antigone’s catharsis because Antigone never gets to hear her Chorus’ words and Antigones fate is sealed from the start of Antigone. Sophocles Antigone shows that Sophocles believed that tragedy served a purpose greater than providing pleasure or catharsis, but it also provided a lesson on life that people could learn from and understand Antigones situation better through how Antigone is represented throughout the play.
Antigones death becomes sadder than inspiring for most audiences because Antogones’s choices lead up to this moment and audience members realize there was no way for Antigone to escape her fate. Even though most readers and viewers find themselves agreeing with Sophocles that tragedy does not lead to pleasure, Antigone’s death does not allow for Antigones story to be as effective as Antigone would like it to be and Antogones story becomes sadder than inspiring.
Sophocles Antigone helps audiences see the importance of doing what you believe is right because Antogones fate was sealed from the beginning due to Antogone’s choices throughout Antigone, but Antogones death makes her seem more powerful because Antigone never backed down from King Creon and died doing what she believed in. In Sophocles’ tragedy Antigone, a young woman named Antigone faces challenges that create a tension between different forms of authority: family duties versus state laws.
Sophocles Antigone shows Antigones tragic struggle against King Creon’s authoritative power, making Antigones tragedy a timeless play with a cathartic ending for the audience. Antigones fate is sealed from the start because Antigone struggles against King Creon’s authoritative power and Antigone dies fighting to do what she believed in. Antigone says that she cannot just stand by and let Antigone be deprived of a proper burial Antigones story becomes sadder than inspiring for the audience because Antogones’s choices throughout Antigone lead to Antogones’s death and Antigone’s fate is sealed from the beginning of Antigone.
Sophocles Antigone shows Sophocles believed that tragedy served a purpose greater than providing pleasure or catharsis, but it also provided a lesson on life that people could learn from and understand Antogones situation better through how Antigone is represented throughout Antigone. Sophocles Antigene helps audiences see the importance of doing what you believe is right because Antogones fate was sealed from the beginning due to Antogones choices throughout Antigone, but Antogone’s death makes her seem more powerful and Antigone never backs down from King Creon and dies doing what she believed in.
Antigone shows that the Chorus is trying to get Antigone to understand why it would be better if Antigone acted like a woman, obeying the orders of the king, but Antigones choices lead up to this moment and audience members realize there was no way Antigone could escape her fate because Antogenes fate was sealed from the beginning.