Repression

Ideas presented by Freud appear all over the place; even pieces that were written before Freud have Freudian ties. The play Antigone, for example, displays the unrepressed id and a repressed superego and the detrimental results of both. In Antigone, Ismene represented the superego and Antigone represented the id. The results of the unbalanced psyche were catastrophic. The pieces displayed in this exhibit reflect how repression or lack thereof, affected the two women and caused the events to unfold as they did in Antigone. 

The woman standing behind her husband shows her subordination to him, much like the women in Antigone were unequal to the men (Sophocles 5).
The girl looks very proper and obedient. Ismene simply did what she was told without hesitation (Sophocles 5).
Jane Greer was “scandalous” in her day. Antigone did what she wanted and did not care who knew (Sophocles 6).
This woman is doing her womanly duties much like Antigone wishes to perform for her brother (Cunningham-Bryant 2/28/14).
These people did what they thought was right, even if it defied the government. Antigone defied her government as well (Sophocles 21).
Antigone broke the law and was captured for it, similar to these runaway slaves (Sophocles 18).
Creon said he was going to punish everyone for Antigone’s crimes. Jews as a whole were punished for the economy (Sophocles 36).
The repression that occurred led to mental instability (Freud 364).
Antigone’s unrepressed id resulted in a chain reaction of suicides (Sophocles 54).
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