Struggle for balance

The characters in Sophocles’ Antigone each portray an aspect of Freud’s psychoanalytic theory from his book Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis. Creon and Antigone represent  the id, basing their decisions on their most primitive needs. Ismene portrays the superego basing her choices on what society dictates as right and Haemon embodies the ego as he negotiates between the boundaries of the id and superego.

The ambassador on the left represents secular law (Creon) and the ambassador on the right represents divine law (Antigone). They base their rash decisions according to these laws.
This painting portrays Antigone's (4) and Creon's (10) lust for power in their own right.
Momento moris are pieces about death which represents everyone except Creon's fate due to rash decisions. "It's deadly for bad judgement to embrace a man" (Ln. 1234)
Dreams are a way for humans to escape into their unconscious where all their repressed desires are kept. Antigone: "And lie with him, a dear sister with a dear brother" (6) has sexual connotation.
The ego is split between the id and the superego just as Haemon is split between his father and Antigone.
The demons represent society and Creon's views versus Haemon's personal opinions and his struggle to create a happy medium between the two. His ego is at work negotiating boundaries. (Sophocles 30-36)
subtle marks and soft transitions depict a wise man, someone in tune and confident with societal and cultural practices and does what they can to the right thing, just like Ismene (5)
The loud colors and thick, harsh marks represent everyone's inner turmoil to strike a balance between the id, ego and superego.
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