In scene 2 line 164, Creon orders the guards to take Antigone and Ismene were off. Not kind for his son's, Antigone's escort, feelings, he still insists that they be taken away and cautious well. Creon feels the law should stand despite if the person is family and or innocent, or how moral the act was. Creon was willing to be the cause of son's ruin just to prove that he is the king, the father, and always right. Creon finally comes to a just state of mind and does what is ethically right.
Antigone’s tragedy comes because of her unswerving loyalty to her brother, Polynices, and her determination to give him burial honors despite the personal danger. Her defiance and disregard of Creon leads to him imprisoning her alive in a tomb, where she commits suicide. Greek tragedy is meant to purge the audience’s emotion and teach
After Oedipus realizes that he fulfilled his fate of killing his father and marrying his mother, Oedipus declares,”I have been saved for something great and terrible, something strange. Well let destiny come and take me on its way”(323). Then Oedipus gouges out his own eyes so that he cannot look upon his parents in the underworld, his children, or the city he once ruled. He then asks Creon to return him to the place he should have died as a young child, the mountain.The statement reveals that Oedipus fulfilled his fate and that Oedipus truly believes destiny set him on the path of destruction. With the realization of his demise, Oedipus tries to protect himself from punishment and shame by gouging out his own eyes and exiling himself out to die in the place destiny prevented him from dying originally.
“ The dead cannot cry out for justice. It is the duty of the living to do so for them.” Lois McMaster Mejoid. This is similar to the mindset of Romeo when he is outraged by Tybalt killing his best friend, Mercutio. Romeo Montague and Tybalt Capulet chose to disturb the peace and disobey the strict orders of the prince. In their fight to the death of Tybalt Capulet, Mercutio Montague was killed, resulting in Romeo's efforts of keeping the peace, shattering.
In Sophocles’ Antigone, Antigone and Creon both have qualities of a tragic hero according to Aristotle’s definition. Aristotle believes a tragic hero is a decent human, but falls due to a weakness in one’s character. In the plot, Antigone decides to bury her brother, which defies the laws of Creon, the dictator of Thebes. Antigone believes she must hold her family values and the gods’ beliefs with utmost respect. Antigone refuses to deny her crime, so she is sentenced to be death by Creon.
Her initial manipulation attempts are unsuccessful, but Marie continues: “She harassed and bedeviled him so, / that he had no choice but to tell her” (lines 87-88). The use of “harassed and bedeviled” instantly casts his wife’s insistence as suspicious and malicious. Marie confirms the suspicions when the wife schemes with a knight who loved her to get rid of Bisclavret. Even though “she’d never loved [the knight] at all,” the wife offers herself to him in return for stealing Bisclavret’s clothes (line 107). “So Bisclavret was betrayed, / ruined by his own wife” (line 125-126, emphasis added).
They even go as far as to accuse her of being inclined to trouble like her father after they discover she buried her brother, Polyneices. However, as Antigone is led to her living tomb by the guards, the Chorus expresses sympathy towards her. After Creon receives advice from Teiresias, the Chorus insists that he take it, reminding Creon that Teiresias is never wrong. Creon finally agrees, but is too late. Because of the Chorus's initially submissive behavior, Antigone is left alone to defend her beliefs, leading her to her tragic death.
“Fortunate is the man who has never tasted God’s vengeance!” (Sophocles, pg. 215) this statement is about fate, where it is trying to pity Creon as the God’s will curse him because of his unjust law. Although the quote implies “men” Antigone, who is the daughter and sister of Oedipus, is also pitted because the gods have cursed the family. Both Creon and Antigone are unfortunate human beings because the gods are punishing them. Also, due to past disastrous event, specifically when Oedipus killed his father and married his mother, it had angered the gods and cursed the Oedipus’ family.
In the dramatic play, Antigone's brothers Polynices and Eteocles died while trying to defend their right. Polynices was considered a traitor of the city of Thebes by King Creon. Therefore, Creon passed a law that no one is allowed to bury a traitor. Antigone decided to go again creon law to bury her brother because she thinks it's the right thing to do. Antigone believes that the laws of god is more important than the laws of creon.
Antigone in the prologue is talking with Ismene about the battle between Polyneices and Eteocles, which definitely stirs up emotions between the two. Ismene says at one point “They mean a great deal to me, but I have no strength To break laws that were made for the public good. (p.60-61)” Ismene wants to bury him, but she fears for her life and doesn’t want to gamble her life to do it. Antigone feels that she should bury her brother and is very willing to do it, as seen when she says “ I am going to bury him...He is my brother. (p.30-33)” The willingness and bravery of Antigone to do what she feels is right in this situation brings out her overall character traits, her stubbornness and passion.
Although Antigone might not have handled her conversation with her sister Ismene well, she does have a reason to be angry because she offers her sister a chance to bury Polyneices with her, so that they can both right something that has been wronged (43-47). Even though Ismene refuses to take part in burying Polyneices, Antigone does the deed alone, and takes full responsibility for her actions. After hearing that Antigone has been sentenced to
2. In this quote, Ismene is telling Antigone that she will not help in the illegal act of burying Polynices. Antigone becomes offended by her unwillingness to help her, because Polynices is Ismene’s brother as well. The reason why Ismene won’t help her, is because Ismene does not want to go against Creon’s law and be killed. However, Antigone does not care if she gets executed, she is willing to bury Polynices no matter life or death.
Haemon’s pride leads him to reject his father’s authority and destroys himself out of anger and grief Haemon is so upset that he stabbed himself because he seen that Antigone was dead. People of power such as kings are often forced to chose between family and law. In the book by Sophocles, King Creon has to make such a decision. He issues the edict to outlaw the burial of his traitor nephew, Polyneices. In reaction, his niece Antigone disobeys the law and buries her brother out of loyalty to her family.