Her stubbornness and disobedience brought about her death sentence. Her actions are intentional, and while quite possibly being the right thing to do, they bring about her eventual downfall and death in the cave. The audience definitely relates to her plight and love for her brother, and yet they can see the reason behind Creon’s proclamation of honoring the hero brother and not the one who betrayed his people. Thus you see her downfall as necessary since she broke her king’s trust and buried her brother. All of this makes Antigone a tragic hero as she demonstrates all the necessary characteristics of a tragic hero as demonstrated in the previous paragraphs.
Another admirable quality is that Antigone also acknowledges her limitations. In response to Ismene trying to stop Antigone from burying their brother, Antigone admits that there will be defeat but only after a long hard fight. This ideology is shown in this quote, “Then when my strength fails...I will give up”. (388) Which even in Antigone’s final days, she proved to be true. Therefore, Antigone's willingness to stand up for her beliefs illuminate her status as a proud
However, Antigone is looking up at Creon without a sign of fear. Her face looks determined and confident. Ultimately, the tableau demonstrates how both Antigone and Creon actions contrast between what is right and what is wrong. In Creon’s perspective, he is in the right for as King he made a declaration that if anyone attempt to bury the traitor, Polynices, then they will be punished with
He did not want to bury his own nephew, he wanted to kill Antigone for burying Polyneices, and tried to kill his own brother because the kingdom had a curse on it. He had too much power and needed to calm down and think what he was doing. Antigone knew that this was the right to do and did without being afraid or sorry for it. She was helping Creon, Ismene, and the community, and they did not realize that she was helping them until it was too
Antigone strongly disagreed with Creon and his ways of thinking. She thought that all of his power and fame were going to his head. She thought that her brother was a hero for going and dying on the battlefield and that he should have a proper burial. She believed that he should be traditionally buried and not looked down soon like a villain of some sorts. Through the play of Antigone she shows her point of view by being very respectful but well worded at the same time.
In the book it was stated that Antigone felt very strongly about burying her brother no matter what Creon said. In the text after the play it is written by senior editor Paul Moliken that “When Creon Forbids the burial of Polyneices, he is denying Antigone the opportunity to perform one of the most significant duties that Greek society allowed for women. Thus, he is attacking her identity, and that is a part of the reason she opposes his orders” (Sophocles 67). This is significant because it shows why Creon was
Four people try to convince Creon of the errors of his actions. Antigone’s justification for burying her brother’s body is to honor and respect him, thus following the gods’ law and proving loyalty to her brother and respect for the gods. Haemon’s appeal voices the peoples’ support, Antigone’s righteous behavior, and confesses his love for her. Teiresias’ prophecy foreshadows Creon’s punishment, or two debts, if he disobeys the laws of the
The two characters, Antigone and Irena, are tragic characters who retained their authentic moral integrity and virtuous selfhood until their demise. Both fought for their freedom of expression in religion, and both had to fight the power of the government in order to achieve their goals. This lead to their ultimate demise, and their success within their respective roles is questionable because of their deaths. Antigone, the titular character of Sophocles' play Antigone, had to disobey her uncle Creon’s decree in order to please the gods and honor her brother, Polynices, who is seen as a traitor to the state. Although Antigone ultimately fulfilled her duty, she was arrested and ultimately faced a tragic death in the end.
Pride was also the demise of her father Oedipus. Antigone does not just out rightly defy Creons law, but she mocks it when Creon asks her if she was aware of his edict she cries "Of course I did”. This shows that Antigone knows full well that she has broken Creons edict and she is also not afraid to tell Creon himself of her actions. Antigone holds firm to the belief that she has acted based on the law of the gods with disregard for state law. Antigone also accuses Creon of being a fool to judge her for honoring the gods.
She started out as being the typical wife of her time, someone who was very weak, obedient, and someone who didn’t have much of an opinion. Emilia, at the end of the play finds her voice, and her murder was nothing short of an honor. Her loyalty to “her lady” outweighed her relationship with her husband. I believe this is where I can insert the superego, after making the mistake of blindly assisting her husband in the murder of her lady this is where she grows. Her loyalty and morals is what led her to tell the truth about what happened, because it was wrong.