After reading Antigone by an ancient Greek play writer, Sopocles, one might realized that Sopocles uses imagery. Imagery is the use of vivid or figurative language to represent objects, actions, or ideas. It can be found that he uses many different things in his play to show imagery. One of the main ones is the imagery of birds. To give a better understanding of what he does, he uses birds to represent something else that is important in the play. In the play, birds are used as imagery for, family, fighting, an animal, and as something that eats dead people.
There is one time that sticks out when talking about how birds are used to represent family. The Sentry says, "A mother bird come back to a stripped nest” (III. 37-38). This is showing that a mother cares for its child and when it comes back to an empty nest, it is sad. I the context of this part of the story, the Sentry used the bird to represent Antigone, which represents family because she went to her brother Polyneices to bury him because they were family. The broken nest shows how he was not buried. This quote that is said by the Sentry, after he tells Creon that it was Antigone who put the dust on Polyneices. It wants to show that she was only being a good brother. There are other ways also that birds are used to represent something else in this play/.
Birds are used in this play to represent fighting also. In scene five Teiresias says that he had a sign from heaven and it was about birds fighting and in the end both of them dying. To quote Teiresias, "Where the birds gather around me. They were all a-chatter” (V. 13). This is relating back to Polyneices and Eteocles fighting and then killing each other. The quote shows how the birds were just sitting there and they just started to fight out of the middle of no where. Sometimes an object is used it represent its self.
Sometimes a bird is used to just represent a bird. When the chorus says, "The lightboned birds and beasts that cling to cover” (Ode 1.