Antigone was sentence to death by King Creon for burying her brother after King Creon made a law to where you couldn’t bury him. Antigone did not deserve to die. She was the King Creon’s niece. They are family, Creon probably watch Antigone grow up as a kid and now he wants to kill her. People think she did deserved to die because she went against her family, well so did Creon.
In the play Antigone, there is some disagreement on who the tragic hero is. While some claim it to be Antigone, she is merely the title. The real answer is Creon, whose storyline almost perfectly emulates the definition of a tragedy. While he begins high and mighty, ruler of Thebes, his own personality and mistakes bring his downfall. Antigone continues irritating Creon, eventually leading to her death. Even though this is slightly unfortunate for her, it pales in comparison to Creon’s plot. After all, he is the reason that almost everyone in his family he knows and loves dies. Antigone may be Antigone’s story, but she does not encompass every character type.
Norman Cousins says, "The tragedy of life is in what dies inside a man while he lives - the death of genuine feeling, the death of inspired response, the awareness that makes it possible to feel the pain or the glory of other men in yourself." Tragedy is a type of literature, usually a serious play or book, that ends sadly involving events in great loss or misfortune. In the play of Macbeth written by Shakespeare, protagonist Macbeth changes from an innocent thane from Scotland to a king who embraces evil and guilt, leading to his death. In another book-- Antigone written by Sophocles, antagonist Creon, a powerful built but a weary man who directly and indirectly kills his family members, suffers the burden of
Polynices and Eteocles killed each other in battle for control over Thebes, leaving the city to the new King, Creon Jocasta’s brother and Antigone’s uncle. Because of the actions that Polynices took during the war, Creon labels him a traitor and halts any burial process, leaving his body for the animals (222-234). This law, by King Creon unhinged Antigone’s wrath and sorrow about the situation. Antigone’s tries to get her sister to consider helping her in the inception of the first episode, but Ismene tells her sister that it’s better off if they don’t end up the same as their brothers and father (Lines 60-81). That means if Antigone still wanted to proceed, it was going to be alone. Due to the fact that in Greek mythology, their belief was that the dead
Would you follow a law if it serves no purpose to you or others? or if you felt that it was wrong to a certain group or ethnicity? Many people know the story Antigone by Sophocles, a kingdom set in ruins as two brothers end up killing each other over a land given to them by their father. As said in lines 165-175 Creon states “Polyneices, I say, is to have no burial: no man is to touch him or the least prayer for him; he shall lie on the plain, unburied.” Being as how both brothers fought fighting for their beliefs they should both get a proper military honored burial as believed by their sister Antigone. Antigone being the one to fight for her beliefs and obeying the god's laws attempts the burial of Polyneices and goes against Creon’s law to prove to him that he’s in over his head that he has too much pride in himself, in lines 15-35 Antigone claims that she is going to go
In Sophocles play, Antigone, King Creon claims that in order to avoid anarchy and chaos the law must be obeyed. Creon ordains that anyone that buries the body Polyneices would be put to death. Antigone disobeys the law, and Creon punishes her even after he realizes it was wrong. Creon wants his people to be afraid of him and respect him. If Antigone honors Creon’s law she will stay alive and be married to Haemon.
In the Greek tragic play, Antigone written by Sophocles, Creon, the king of Thebes is a very selfish, untrusting king. In the play, Creon orders that the body of Polynices shouldn’t be buried because he is a trader of Thebes. Though, many other people feel that Polyneices body should be buried. Creon would not take advice from anyone, and he believes his opinion is the only thing that matters. Creon is a misanthrope in the play, and as a consequence is not properly suited to be a good king of Thebes.
Antigone’s decision to bury Polynices makes Creon a better person after she faces death for her disobedience of Creon’s decree. He initially is ready to punish her by death for her crime, but after talking to the chorus, decides to have mercy on her. Creon states, “How hard, abandonment of my desire! But I can fight necessity no more” (61). He still wants to leave Polynices unburied because of his betrayal, but he realizes the gods will not allow this. Antigone restores the balance of power between gods and mortals by showing Creon and the people of Thebes that Creon’s law is not
What is a tragic hero? A tragic hero is a character who makes a judgment error that leads to their downfall. In reading Antigone, There has been a realization where Antigone had a few tragic flaws. Her loyalty to the gods, her disloyalty to King Creon, and her stubbornness are three good flaws that can make a tragic hero. Meaning that in Antigone, The tragic hero is Antigone.
In the play, Antigone, by Sophocles, Polyneices and Eteocles, have killed each other and Creon orders Eteocles to have an honored burial while Polyneices is to be left without a burial. Antigone tells Ismene, who are both sisters of Polyneices and Eteocles, that they must bury Polyneices, Ismene tells her she can not so Antigone buries Polyneices alone in defiance to the state laws. Creon and Antigone have conflicting values. Creon holds the laws of the city higher even when other beliefs state otherwise. Antigone, however, feels that the laws of the gods should be obeyed above all others, especially when it comes to family. Although Antigone knows she is committing a state crime by burying her brother, Polyneices, she knows that the right
Antigone believes it’s her duty to bury Polyneices because she is his sister, but Creon believes Polyneices is the enemy. In Antigone the play, Creon says “He’ll be left unburied, his body there for birds and dogs to eat, a clear reminder of his shameful fate.”(lines 234-236) and also Antigone says “No, no. Announce the fact if you don’t let everybody know, I’ll despise your silence even more.”(lines 106-107) this shows that they believe in their values and will not give up on them. Antigone also follow different customs compared to Creon that shows why they clash so much.
Antigone loved her family and believed they all should be treated equal. Therefore when Creon wouldn’t honor Polynices with a proper burial or allow anyone else to, Antigone knew it was her moral duty to bury him. Antigone told her sister Ismene, “I will bury him myself. And even if I die in the act, that death will be a glory. I will lie with the one I love and loved by him – and outrage sacred to the gods. I have longer to please the dead than please the living her: in the kingdom down below I’ll lie forever” (63). Antigone articulates that although it is against Creon’s orders, Polycines was their brother and he had asked her and Ismene to bury him, if it was every necessary. Therefore she chose her family over the state and committed the felony. This act allowed for Antigone to gain personal justice for herself by risking her life in order to honor her dead brother’s wishes. In context she was essentially risking her own life for the life of her
During the course of the entire play Antigone makes it apparent that her sole goal is to bury Polyneices. She puts this above the laws made by Creon and even her sister Ismene. While arguing with her sister, Antigone says, “You make these excuses, but I Shall proceed to heap up a tomb for our dearest brother…Make straight your own life’s destiny”(80-82). Also after being captured and entombed herself, Antigone laments, “Behold, high rulers of Thebes:The sole woman remaining of the royal line(940-941)! Antigone shrugs aside one of the only living members of her family, and it seems that because of this, the “text prompts us to question the case for Antigone and her understanding of
Creon declared that Polynices was not to be given his burial rights and those that went against his law were to be put to death. His reasoning being Polynices went to war against Thebes for the right to rule after Eteocles, his brother, broke the pact between them and sent Polynices in exile.That - in the eyes of Creon - amounts to treason. It was a case of fratricide as well. When Antigone acted against the specific order of the king, by putting dust over the dead body of Polynices, accepting that while Polynices had killed her other brother, Polynices himself was still a part of her family and thus deserved the same buries rites as Eteocles. Creon had to act.
In the Greek drama Antigone, by Sophocles, Eteocles has been given a proper burial, but Creon has issued a new law that banned the burial of Polyneices. He is not allowing anyone to bury him because in Creon’s mind, he is a traitor. Except, Antigone wants to bury him so he can go to heaven for all eternity. Antigone thinks that everyone deserves a proper burial, especially her own family. But, as a result to this there is a rift created between Creon and Antigone. Many problems are caused due to the differences of religious and human law throughout the story of Antigone.