The choices we make sometimes can end up as an act of civil disobedience. In Sophocles disturbing drama. Antigone, she defies creon’s order and buries her brother, claiming that she honors the first law of the gods. As the defiant Antigone comes to realise that she is going to die she becomes heavy-hearted in results to hanging herself. At the beginning of the play, Antigone is disobedient and defies creon’s order and buries her brother.
She did this because she didn't want to be seen in the act of doing so. She told her husband if he didn't do it, he wasn't a man in her eyes. So he had to do it to prove her wrong. “He’s here in double trust: First, as I am his kinsman and his subject, Strong both against the deed; then, as his host, Who should against his murderer shut the door, Not bear the knife myself ” (Act I Scene VII). This meaning that Macbeth would not do it unless he had to prove that he was a bare wit of a man.
Juliet explains to her father that she’ll never marry Paris, this is because she’s loyal to Romeo and staying married to Romeo is what her heart desires. Then after Juliet refuses, Lord Capulet becomes enraged that she would even think to talk back to him in the way that she did. He becomes so enraged that he said “Thursday next/ to go with Paris to Saint Peter’s Church/ Or I will drag thee on a hurdle thither/ Out, you green-sickness carrion! Out, you baggage/ You tallow face/” (3.5.158-162). After this threat, Juliet is forced to take action against her father, even if she would have to disobey him and possibly be disowned.
When Creon’s wife heard her son was dead, she killed herself as well. The prophecy became a reality. Sophocles demonstrates that there are consequences for a person who believes they are supreme above all, including the gods. No man, not even a king, can escape the judgment of the gods he
Medea has already lost her husband and her home so this decision is an obvious one for her. She wants to leave everyone in the same misery that she has been experienced and continues to experience. After this, she even plans to murder her own children just to distress Jason further. Medea knows that she will live in regret and misery by doing so, but her need to sadden Jason trumps her own future feelings. The murder of her sons also symbolizes the death of her marriage with Jason.
At this time, Antigone is a very independent character in that she wants to bury Polyneices on her own. She says, “I wouldn’t want the help you could give. It’s too late. You must be as you believe. I will bury him myself.”(Sophocles, ll 84-86) She was finally offered help, but she confidently denied it because she wanted to prove to herself and to her brother that she will do what is right, no matter what the king says.
The events that ultimately lead to Macbeth’s death were inevitable. As shown by the witches prophecy Macbeth’s gain of power then ultimate demise were out of his control. They were destined to occur. Fate and destiny play an enormous part in Macbeth and it shows how Macbeth was not in control of his own destiny. The choices he made and the acitons he took were all leading to his death.
The irony of withholding a proper burial from one brother, and not the other, for political reasons, leads to Antigone’s defiance of the law of the King. Antigone decides to bury Polyneices, so he can be granted a safe passage into the world of the dead, and even after hearing the disapproval of her sister Ismene, who is scared of what Creon will do to Antigone once he finds out, she says, “I have longer to please the dead than please
To yield is grievous, but the obstinate soul That fights with Fate, is smitten grievously.-Creon Antigone goes against the King's law in order to honor her brother and do what she believes is right. Knowing that death is unavoidable if she chooses to go down that path doesn't bother because she believes that living a morley dishonorable life is worse than living no life at all. Antigone wants to be in charge of her own life and wants to be the controller of her own fate. Between the two poems “If We Must Die” by Claude Mckay and ‘Invictus’ by William Ernest Henley the poem that best represents Antigone character is ‘Invictus’. “If We Must Die”by Claude Mckay places emphasis on a meaningful death and never giving up even when the odds aren't in your favor.
She is only focused on completing her goal of murdering King Duncan so her husband can usurp the throne. She realizes that her husband’s personality is rather meek, and that he would not go through with murdering King Duncan because of a quality that he has, his humanity, which she considers his greatest weakness. Deliberating with herself, she thinks of Macbeth and his potential in regard to what could come to pass: “Yet do I fear thy nature, / It is too full o’ th’ milk of human kindness / To catch the nearest way” (Shakespeare l.v.16-18). By declaring his nature to “too full of the milk of human kindness”, she is stating that he is too feeble as a man to carry out the murder, and is belittling him for not being “masculine” enough to fulfill his ambition of being King. She knows that her husband has great ambition, and believes it to be a negative thing that he tends to carry out his deeds with a sound conscience as to not affect anyone negatively in the process.