Two of the Video Review

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Submitted By unashen8922
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   In the ancient Western World, nature of society, the family, government and politics, religion, ideals and values of that period were all facing great changes. Thus, there were many specific people and things emerging in that special period. "ANTIGONE" and "The King is Dancing" are two wonderful videos which can show those changes in ancient Western World.
   First of all, I will talk about the "ANTIGONE". It is a video that can give us some information of ancient Greek. Polyneices and Eteocles, two brothers leading opposite sides in Thebes' civil war, have both been killed in battle. Creon, the new ruler of Thebes, has declared that Eteocles will be honored and Polyneices disgraced. The rebel brother's body will not be sanctified by holy rites, and will lay unburied to become the food of carrion animals. Antigone and Ismene are the sisters of the dead brothers. Antigone wants to bury Polyneices' body, in defiance of Creon's edict. Ismene refuses to help her, fearing the death penalty, but she is unable to dissuade Antigone from going to do the deed by herself. A Sentry enters, fearfully reporting that the body has been buried to Creon. When, Creon knows Antigone do that, he is very angry, and imprisons Antigone in a cave. Antigone is fiancee of Creon's son. Therefore, his son kills himself after he begged his father but did not success. Creon's wife knows her son's dead feels very sad, and kills herself, too. At that time, Creon blames himself for everything that has happened, and, a broken man, he asks his servants to help him inside. The order he valued so much has been protected, and he is still the king, but he has acted against the gods and lost his child and his wife as a result. The Chorus closes by saying that although the gods punish the proud, punishment brings wisdom.
   From this story, we can see in the ancient Greek, religion took over really...