Vol.7, No.2 | [Articles] Opposing Hegemony: Sophocles’ Antigone and Tagore’s Srimati




Greek and Indian tradition share several common features. Many of them come from an ancestral relationship, others are historically or structurally motivated. This paper analyzes two female heroines in two dramas who oppose a higher will, Antigone in Sophocles’ eponymous play and Srimati in Rabindranath Tagore’s Natir Puja. Although Sophocles is an ancient Greek playwright whereas Tagore is a writer who lived in the last century, the comparison has been possible for two reasons: structural similarity, and the fact that the core legend underlying Tagore’s play is contemporary to Sophocles: it dates back to the fifth century B.C. Both heroines act on their own opposing a tyrannical conduct and both of them readily face their tragic fate. The social aspects are evident and, accordingly, the conflicting ideologies are highlighted.

Keywords : Tyrannical, Gods, Divine, Human(s), Significant Names, Nature, Law, Worship, Conflicting Ideologies, Tradition, Necessity