Individualism In Literature

Individualism In Literature
The Book of Exodus in the Bible and Sophocles? play, Antigone are two pieces of literature in which a relationship between the individual and the community can be closely examined. However, the societies that Antigone and Exodus are set in are two completely different societies that follow different kinds of laws. Although these societies are sharply contrasted, they are similar in that the individual good that comes from certain characters greatly affects the good of the community they live in for the better. Consequently, the relationship between the individual and the community and the effects this relationship has in both Antigone and Exodus has similar aspects.
In the play Antigone the fact that Antigone rises as an individual in her society seems to be quite obvious. Sophocles seems to depict a resolute and heroic female protagonist, who pits her individual free will against the uncontrollable forces of fate and against the irrational and unjust laws of tyrannical men, such as Creon. Antigone is shown as an individual in the play because of the way she defies the law of Thebes in order to serve a high law, the law of the Gods.

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