Antigone by Sophocles (Free Audio Book)
Antigone by Sophocles – A free audiobook
Narrated by Librivox Group
Antigone is the final chapter of Sophocles’ Theban Plays which included Oedipus Rex and Oedipus at Colonus. Antigone is the name of Oedipus’ daughter and the story centers around her life. Even at birth, Antigone has been seen as a sin. She was the unwitting incestuous matrimony of Oedipus and his mother Jocasta. Given that Oedipus did not know of this fact until much later.
Antigone is a headstrong woman who gets into trouble when she breaks the laws of Thebes when she ordered the burial of her brother who died at the war. Grieving and mourning are forbidden in Thebes which seized the ire of the current King of Thebes, Creon. She is later incarcerated and sentenced to death. This tragic tale of loss and pain is a powerful commentary on the difference between moralities of the law and the moralities of the individual and how they will always clash with one another when it comes to certain matters.
Sophocles’ Theban Plays are an important part of history as it tackles issues that are essentially gray areas and something that cannot be easily dictated as wrong or a crime. What constitutes as a crime in the eyes of the law may not be such in the eyes of a person and their beliefs. The story of Antigone is a tale of what makes us who we are and following it even if it conflicts with what society deems as forbidden.
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