Possibly their biggest distinction is in their ideals. While discussing the issue of Polyneices and Eteocles deaths, Antigone and Creon take a very different stance. For Creon, he believes that Eteocles was the better man, so he deserves a proper burial, whereas he believes Polyneices is traitor, so he deserves no burial rights. On the other hand, Antigone firmly believes that not granting a dead man a burial is immoral and that no matter the person, everyone deserves a proper burial. After Antigone is confronted by the guard and brought to Creon she explains to him what she knows is morally right, “I did not think anything which you proclaimed strong enough to let a mortal override the gods and their unwritten and unchanging laws” (338).
Antigone’s fierce allegiance to her family is laid bare as she is willing to sacrifice her life to honor her brother and defy the law in an act that she believes is morally just. Antigone’s beliefs proclaim that “Hades longs to see these laws fulfilled” to honor the burial of Polyneices corpse (Sophocles 519). She emphasizes her conviction that “it was not Zeus who made this proclamation” (Sophocles 450). Antigone has profound respect for the gods and the traditions of her people. Her actions are accomplished to pay homage to the Greek gods.
Also she did not want to leave any possibility of revenge that the children could take on killing of their father’s wife. Medea’s actions are justified by her emotions as they are difficult thing to control at times. She is also raised in a different culture so she did not conform to the values of Corinth and did not easily accept that Jason married another woman. For the male audience, the evil deeds of Medea confirm their belief that women should be uneducated and kept at home. Medea was a divine character.
Antigone could not live her life suffering because of her brother, therefore she withdrew the punishment, which led to her taking her own life because she was not able to honor her brother in a proper burial. Not only did Antigone die for what she believed what right, but she sacrificed her own life for the gods’ law. Divine law vs. man’s law and the “place” of women are two of the many main themes of Antigone. The theme divine law vs. man’s law is brought up when Antigone had asked
We see that he loves her and wants the best for her because he insists that she pray before he kills her because “[Othello] would not kill thy unprepared spirit,” (V,ii. 36). Othello is a different man and can no longer give her the love that she deserved. His heart had grown so cold that he cannot give her mercy, so he rather decided to kill her with a clean spirit, to get the love and mercy from elsewhere. On that note, a guiltless death she dies (V,ii.
Preventing the death of a son and saving the life of a highly esteemed hero are choices that most would make, except for the King of Gods - Zeus. In the Iliad, Zeus does not wish to make those decisions, but is compelled to do so out of his sense of duty. Before being a father and warrior, Zeus was above all the leader of the gods. This means that as the head of the Olympians, Zeus has to be impartial in order to keep the peace of Olympus, which causes him great misery at times. Zeus’ duty as the greatest and most influential god stops him from taking sides in mortal affairs in the Iliad to maintain peace, which parallels the question of whether America’s status as the most powerful and influential country gives them the duty to interfere in
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.
King Kansna should also have realized that a prophecy cannot be avoided, instead of acting in such a way he should have remained calm and should have thought his way out. Another example of people trying to avoid a prophecy is in the Greek mythology. Zeus was having an affair with a sea nymph, Thetis who had a prophecy that her son will be greater than his father. After hearing the prophecy Zeus panicked and forced Thetis to marry a mortal king, Peleus. Zeus took the extreme actions because he didn’t want to lose his power of the King of the Gods.
Antigone would like for Polyneices to be honored by having him buried and having an appropriate tomb for him. However, Kreon wants the opposite for him, he is very much against burying Polyneices and will do everything in his power, including killing Antigone to get what he wants. It is not until the very end that he has come around to the idea and realizes that he should set Antigone free and construct a tomb for his son. Both Antigone and Kreon are admirable for different reasons, Antigone for being willing and brave to go against Kreon’s wishes and Kreon for finally realizing that what he thought was right was actually in the end not the right thing. In the end, Kreon also believes that it is his choices that made his wife and his son, Haemon, to kill them.
Lady Macbeth is very passionate that the king must die in order for Macbeth to become the King, but she is worried that he will be to “soft” to do such a thing. “ Yet I do fear thy nature, it is too full o’ th milk” ( 1.5.16). Throughout her soliloquy, she fears that his sympathy will be his downfall and will prevent him from going along with her plan. She is confident that the only way for her plan to work, is to take action right away and,”play false” (1.5.22). Macbeth won’t do anything that will harm his friend, the King, and Lady Macbeth knows that so she knows what to do, she will make sure that he will go through with the regicide.
I know very well that you can have no tenderness for me; I ask for none; I am very thankful that it cannot be.”(144) Carton respected and loved her so much he believed that he did not deserve her. He would have preferred her to be with someone who could truly make her happy. Carton was completely selfless and did anything for Lucy,“For you, and for any dear to you, I would do anything. I would embrace any sacrifice for you and for those dear to you.”(Carton 146) To sacrifice or devote yourself to someone out of love is an incredible display of admiration. To do anything for someone that they love is an act of undying devotion, there is no greater act that could be done.
MLK Jr. ended segregation against african american, and gave his life for it. People looked at Rosa Parks and decided to start the bus boycott, because at the webpage here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montgomery_Bus_Boycott, it shows this: “The Montgomery Bus Boycott, a seminal event in the Civil Rights Movement, was a political and social protest campaign against the policy of racial segregation on the public transit system of Montgomery, Alabama. The campaign lasted from December 1, 1955—when Rosa Parks, an African American woman, was arrested for refusing to surrender her seat to a white person—to December 20, 1956, when a federal ruling, Browder v. Gayle, took effect, and led to a United States Supreme Court decision that declared the Alabama and Montgomery laws requiring segregated buses to be unconstitutional.” Martin Luther King Jr. had changed segregation all over the United States by giving his whole life, right here: