Antigone defies Creon 's orders and buries her fallen brother in spite of the law forbidding the act. This action seals her fate and causes Antigone to be sentenced to death. Ultimately, what makes Antigone a tragic hero in this play are the traits she possesses which lead to her downfall. It is not necessarily her actions, but her convictions and values which cause her to be such a tragic figure. 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.
To emphasize, Antigone responds to King Creon, “ If I die young, I say I’d gain something” (Sophocles 20). This clearly displays how Antigone believes she isn’t losing anything, but actually gaining something. Antigone is gaining, the knowledge that she proved a proper burial for her brother even though it meant she couldn’t have one for herself. She also confirmed how greatly she believes in adjusting the law, even if it meant taking her own
Antigone believes that the laws of god is more important than the laws of creon. In lines 55-58 “ but I will bury him; and if I must die, I say that this crime is holy: I shall lie down with him is death, and I shall be as dear to him as he to me”. Antigone decide that she will do anything for her brothers honor even if it may end up with her laying in her grave with him as long as he's buried. Honor is portrait in this quote because Antigone feels that her brother need to be buried because everyone should have a proper burial of God’s laws and the laws of God is more important to her. Also in lines 50-51 “I am not afraid of the danger; if it means death, and It will not be the worst of deaths ––death without honor”.
Therefore, Beowulf is even more of an ideal masculine hero because he adheres the the Anglo-Saxon gender roles. He outright rejects feminine traits ergo, his character propagates ideals to the audience. In addition, the ability to sacrifice one’s life is tied directly to masculinity. When Grendel’s mother is seeking revenge for her son and needs to be killed, Unferth does not portray manly will. Thus, he is described as “not man enough/ to face the turmoil of a fight… and to risk his life”(1468-70).
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.
Macbeth saw an opportunity to better his life . Macbeth was so loyal to his country and the King that he was willing to put his life on the line to go fight in the battle, but thing change when he found out about the prophecies. In Macbeth Act, 1 scene 7 Shakespeare stated that” I am settled, and bend up Each corporal agent to the terrible feat. Away, and mock the time with fairest show: False face must hide what the false heart doth know."(3). Macbeth is about to do a horrible deed.
Romeo knows Juliet is from the Capulet family, his only “enemy,” and yet he is still devoted to her. Another example of loyalty being portrayed in Romeo and Juliet is when Juliet finds out that her husband, Romeo, has killed her cousin Tybalt. At first she is angry with Romeo but remembers that he is her husband and decides to stay loyal to him even when it seems she shouldn’t. She proves her loyalty to him by saying to the nurse “He was not born to shame. Upon his brow shame is ashamed to sit, For ’tis a throne where honor may be crowned.
Short Essay #1 Thesis Statement: The Roman concepts of auctoritas and pietas as portrayed in The Aeneid by Virgil exemplify their view of death as something that should be handled with dignity, since it was an inevitability. These concepts also highlight the idea that, because death was unavoidable, it should be for a higher cause (e.g. for the gods, for the state, etc.). Evidence for Paragraph I: Dido served as a non-example of auctoritas because she neglected her state and let it fall to ruin when she fell in love with Aeneas. Camilla’s death exemplified auctoritas because she died an honorable death in battle, and showed the benefits associated with loyalty to the gods; because Camilla was a favorite of Diana, her death was avenged.
“ 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.
Antigone knew that she would be put to death if she buried Polyneices but she would rather die doing the right thing, rather than living and being surrounded with evil. Likewise, Rosa Parks believed that God was not pleased with racism and segregation. Rosa Parks thanks God that she was able to hold her ground and said, “I was fortunate God provided me with the strength I needed at the precise time conditions were ripe for change. I am thankful for Him every day that he gave me the strength not to move”(Hare 1). Rosa Parks was quiet and respectful to others, and she expected the same kind of respect in return.