Theme of Tragic Fate in Sophocles’ “Antigone” and Anouhil’s “Antigone”

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Theme of Tragic Fate in Sophocles’ "Antigone" and Anouhil’s "Antigone"
This drama study will compare and contrast the theme of tragic fate in the play Antigone by Sophocles and by Jean Anouihl. In Sophocles’ version of the play, Antigone is fated to die at the hands of Creon because he was an enemy of Polynices and chose to deny her brother an honorable burial. While she is committing herself to the same tragic fate as her father, Oedipus, it is clear the Creon is acting as an aggressive perpetrator by condemning her to death by refusing his orders to stay away from Polynices’ grave. However, while Anouihl’s version of the play defines a passionate Antigone as protector of her brother’s burial honors, Antigone chooses die (on her own...
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.....r to live a happy life, which results in her choosing death over this dishonor to her brother’s memory. In this way, the tragic fate proposed by Anouihl revolves around Antigone's independent choosing of death, rather than the one imposed on her by Creon in Sophocles’ version of the play. By understanding the similar and contrasting ways in which Sophocles and Anouihl determine the tragic fate of Antigone, they provide two different constructions involving the death of Antigone in a classical and modern style.
Works Cited:
Anouihl, Jean. Antigone: A Play. Trans. Jeremy Sams. New York: Samuel French, 2002.
Sophocles. “Antigone.” 2009. Malaspina University College. March 26, 2010. <http://www.mala.bc.ca/~johnstoi/sophocles/antigone.htm>