Interpretations of Antigone

This paper discusses Sophocles’ Antigone.

An analysis of the different interpretations as to why Antigone chose to kill herself instead of awaiting her natural demise in her bridal chamber. These are discussed as Sophocles didn’t spell out Antigone’s last thoughts and actions. Interpretations for her suicide from various authors and sources are examined and the author’s personal explanation is discussed.
“However, on consideration of all the various views, it does seem that Antigone’s suicide was necessary for fulfilling the theme of the play, which is one of hubris or arrogance ultimately being humbled by the will of the Gods, the latter being emphasized also by humanity not being able to change the destiny willed on it by the divine.

According to Mary Lefkowitz, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Wellesley College, Antigone kills herself because of her impulsive and headstrong nature: