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Sophocles, Antigone 891–928 And 929–43

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This chapter talks about one of the plays of Sophocles: Antigone. It deals specifically with the lines 891-928 and 929-43 of the play. The episode in which Antigone is led away to be entombed includes, in her final, self-justifying speech, the notorious passage is which she unexpectedly declares that she would not have performed the forbidden burial-rite for a dead husband or child, or indeed for anyone other than an irreplaceable brother. The argument for opting to save the life of a brother makes good sense in the Herodotean context, and is rhetorically persuasive in that Darius, pleased by the answer to his question, spares not only the speaker's brother but also her eldest son. The similar argument as applied to burial has less point as such and in the merely hypothetical options disfavoured; also in the absence of a motivating question from Creon, and as having no persuasive effect.

Keywords: Antigone; Creon; Darius; Sophocles



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