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Antigone: The Tragic Art of Either/Or Shoni Rancher

In Sophocles’ ancient Greek tragedy, Antigone is one of four children born of incest to the king and queen of Thebes, Oedipus and his mother Jocasta. Her siblings include her sister Ismene and her brothers Eteokles and Polyneices. Antigone opens in the aftermath of Oedipus’ self-discovery, his subsequent exile, and his sons’ ensuing conflict over the rule of Thebes. Because Eteokles has refused to share the throne with his brother, Polyneices raises an army and attacks the city. The two are the last to die on the battlefield, each brother plunging his sword into the other.