Women in Greek Drama
An examination of the portrayals of Clytaemnestra, Antigone, and Phaedra in Sophocles' "Antigone", Aeschylus' "Oresteia" and Euripides' "Hippolytus".
# 43024 | 1,900 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2002 |
Published on Oct 19, 2003 in Literature (Greek and Roman) , Drama and Theater (Greek and Roman) , Women Studies (General)
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This research examines the portrayals of Phaedra, Clytaemnestra, and Antigone in Greek drama and the assumption that when a woman speaks out, calamity ensues. The paper argues, however, that the essence of these stories is not that women's speech leads to disaster, though that can be a consequence in the way the women are depicted, but these women are forced to speak out in order to get the revenge they seek.
From the Paper:"The story of Antigone is told by Sophocles in the play Antigone, which involves a conflict which develops between Antigone and Creon, the sister of one deemed a traitor and the ruler who demands loyalty. The two are stubborn, completely certain of their own righteousness and of the rightness of their position, inflexible, and ultimately, doomed to suffer because of it. Both do have strong reasons for their actions, and each can support his or her point of view by an appeal to law. Antigone, however, appeals to divine law, while Creon appeals to man-made law.
"Antigone is the third play by Sophocles to address some element of the legend of Oedipus, but the three plays are not a formal trilogy as they were written at different times. The essence of the Oedipus myth revolves around personal responsibility in the Greek conception. Even though Oedipus appears to be the victim of a series of circumstances so that what happens to him should be no fault of his own, in the Greek view this is not the case. The structure of the three plays shows that Oedipus should have known even if he did not and that his stubbornness in the face of growing evidence as to his crime leads to his downfall."
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