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).
How will you live?” (Act IV, Scn. III, Ln. 30-31) Lady Macbeth puts disloyalty above honesty by lying to her son in order to cover up the fact that Macduff has apparently fled from Scotland. Although he is actually in England plotting against Macbeth, this does not keep her from lying to her son in order to keep him from feeling betrayed by his father’s retreat.
This is seen by her pinning down Beowulf before she attacks to show that she is committing a necessary evil and that she truly doesn't want to engage in killing. This kind characteristic is seen when Grendel's mother will “avenge her only son” as a sympathetic tone is used here to show the good side of Grendel ’s mom. Her actions were justified because her intentions was to simply avenge her son whom she deeply cared for. Diction is additionally used in words such as, “pounced” to show the fierce actions, demonstrating Grendel’s mom’s anger and at the same time her love for
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’.
By sacrificing her children she is giving away the only thing they had in common. Medea speaks to her children before sending them off and tells them "your father took away your chance of happiness. We see that Medea knows that this will hurt Jason and reflect how much he hurt her. Moreover, it conjures up the idea that she is getting rid of all ties with Jason as she tells him, "you were never going to shame our bed and lead a pleasant life and laugh at me
Northumberland said her unusual reaction was shameful to her dignity and her household. Her husband attempted to comfort and convince her to take the crown with “prayers and caresses.” Despite her family’s namesake and image at stake, Grey believed that her personal incapability should prevent her from seizing power. Rather than rashly seize power, she knew the correct hierarchy of the power and the consequences of her power and her reaction showcases her devastation. Her dignity did not derive from upholding the political ambitions of her family but rather a quiet personal dignity in knowing her limits and goals.
However, Antigone confirms her actions and accepts the consequences of it because she believes what she has done is right. Additionally, Haemon, Antigone’s betrothed, chooses to side with her rather than his own father, whom he has great respect for. In Scene 3 of Antigone Haemon tells his father, “You are not in a position to know everything. That people say or do, or what they feel.” He begins to rebel against Creon because he believes what his father is doing is not right; therefore, he has the ability to resist his will, similar to
Antigone challenges the standards of women by not being submissive and meek as expected of them because she is rather devoted to familial loyalty. When Antigone attempts to convince Ismene to help her bury Polynices, she says “[Polynices] is my brother and--deny it as you will--your brother too. No one will ever convict me for a traitor” (55-7). This shows that Antigone feels that it is an obligation for her to give family members burial rites, so she is therefore only doing what is righteous. In addition, when she is later caught committing the crime, she responds to Creon’s criticism by saying “[I am] Not ashamed for a moment, not to honor my brother, my own flesh and blood” (573-4) which also shows that Antigone’s motivations were out of love for her brother, but not to take a stance regarding the status of
”(181) In contrast to Ginny’s actions and attitude, when King Lear begins hosing her. “Hear, Nature, hear; dear Goddess, hear... Into her womb convey sterility,... Create her child of spleen...
Lady Macbeth then gradually begins to bear the guilt "where our desire is got without content 'tis safer to be that which we destroy than by destruction dwell in doubtful joy". She says in a soliloquy, which Shakespeare uses to portray her deepest thoughts as she is afraid of killing more. Lady Macbeth feels that nothing was gained by killing Duncan because even though she and Macbeth got the crown, it wasn’t worth it because they can never be truly happy about it. She thinks death is better to have than living a life with questions of their future
When people defend what they believe in or who they love that is sacrifice. In order to be certain that her two brothers she loved had a proper burial and that their souls could rest, Antigone sacrificed her life. Regardless of the potential outcome; even if that means that she was going to have to challenge her uncle (King Creon), she plans on pursuing her quest. 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).
It can be perceived that Ismene attempts to share responsibility for Antigone’s actions perhaps out of guilt. In the event of Antigone’s death, Ismene will have lost her entire family. In the opening scene, Antigone begs Ismene to help bury Polyneikes, instead Ismene declines saying that it is forbidden by the law of Kreon, king of Thebes. Ismene in lines 78 and 79 says “I am not free. I must obey whoever is in charge” later in this same scene in line 95 and 96, she can be quoted saying “how can I defy this city, I don’t have the strength”.
In Greek culture, it is a custom to bury the dead to please the gods. The Greeks also believed that when you don’t bury someone they will wonder the earth. Antigone wanted to give Polynecies a proper burial because it is right in the god’s eyes. She also wanted him to have an afterlife. She never lied to Creon when she was caught burying the body.
To those in authority. (Sophocles Prologue 46-51) Everyone thinks of Ismene as a supporter of Creon because she does not show that she secretly rebels against him. Ismene’s secretive actions allow her to rebel against Creon while still escaping punishment. Ismene is able to get away with her actions because she creates an “onstage” and an “offstage” behavior.
A tragic hero is defined to be a hero who, despite being virtuous and great, also possesses qualities that lead to their downfall. This downfall is often predestined and is a common theme in Greek literature. Antigone is the tragic hero in Antigone because of her bravery, but also because of the dangerous loyalty and stubbornness that lead to her downfall. Antigone is a tragic hero because of her headstrong loyalty to her brother and the morals of the gods, which leads to Creon’s retaliation and her downfall.