In Love with the Impossible Analytical Essay by Catharina

In Love with the Impossible
A look at mythic archetypes in Sophocles's tragedy "Antigone".
# 64768 | 2,248 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2005 | US
Published on Apr 04, 2006 in Literature (Greek and Roman) , English (Analysis)

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This paper thoroughly highlights and analyzes the mythic archetypes present in the Greek tragic play, "Antigone" by Sophocles. The specific dramatic function of each of the play's primary characters (Antigone, Ismene, Haemon, Creon and the Chorus of Theban Edlers) is explained and affirmed by the works of Joseph Campbell and Christopher Vogler.

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"As the play evolves, Antigone is faithful to the pillars of the ideal heroine; she devotedly follows the call of her inner herald and strays not once from her absolute ideals, which include a staunch obedience to the ideas of faith and loyalty. She sacrifices her reputation, royal inheritance, and her earthly life so that she may remain steadfast in her beliefs, demonstrating her character's extraordinary illustration of the very word hero: "someone who is willing to sacrifice his own needs on behalf of others [or righteous ideas]" (Vogler 35). Antigone's priorities represent the universal ideal of familial loyalty; her devotion to them further affirms her role as heroine (Vogler 36)."

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