But, she is happy because she believes that her family will be there to “greet [her] gladly”. Antigone was very devoted to her family because she knew that the cost of being caught burying Polynices would be going to her “everlasting prion”. This reveals Antigone’s devotion that ultimately leads to her death. Furthermore, Antigone also spoke about her brother, Polynices. She continued her monologue and said “It was by this service to your dear body, Polynices / I earned the punishment which I now suffer / Though all good people know it was for your honour”(Antigone 17-19).
By dying with her brother, Antigone feels like she would be more content than living on her own knowing that her brother is not being respected in his death. Similarly in Anouilh’s version of the play, Creon shows that his actions and his decisions are motivated by family loyalty as well. Creon attempts to save Antigone’s life from his own capital punishment since she is family to him. During Antigone’s imprisonment, Creon speaks with her,
She tries to control what she can, for example, instead of letting her sister join her in the execution, Antigone declines her and sends her off. Antigone’s most important trait is also the fatal flaw that leads to her own demise. Antigone is so loyal ad determined to bury her brother that she would go against the word of the king to do so. It is because of this determination that she antagonizes Creon into sentencing her to death. Sophocles not only portrays Antigone as a tragic hero, but also as a martyr.
In scene 2 Creon figures out that Antigone was the one who buried Polyneices even though she knew she had broken the law. Antigone believes that people would praise her but, because Creon is present, they do not say anything. “I should have praise and honor for what I have done. All these men here would praise me were their lips frozen shut with fear of you... No, they are with me. But they keep their tongues in leash.” (Page 507) When Antigone says this it shows how she will not say that people are mad at her for breaking the law, she will not give in and say she did something wrong.
Antigone’s tragic flaw is her love for her family. In the play Antigone, Creon creates a law stating that one of Antigone’s brothers, Polyneices, must not be buried for he was a traitor while the other, Eteocles, is buried with honors. “Antigone- Hasn’t Creon graced one with all the rights, disgraced the other? Eteocles, they say, has been given full military honors, rightly so-Creon’s laid him in the Earth and he goes with glory down among the dead. But the body of Polynices, who died miserably- why, a city wide-proclamation, rumor has it, forbids anyone to bury him, even mourn him.” (1.1 26-33) Also when her sister, Ismene, offers to share Antigone’s punishment with her, Antigone tells her to live her own life and not die by her side.
Antigone is last book in a play trilogy by Sophocles about the tragic downfall of a family. The play focuses mainly on Antigone’s conflicting motivations developing Creon as the tragic hero in the play, causing him to be greedy and power crazed and unwilling to take others opinions. This leads to Creon’s tragic downfall and the death of Antigone and others important to Creon. In the play Antigone’s motivations contrast Creon’s due to the difference in beliefs. Antigone’s motivations are that she believes both of her brothers deserve to buried and that the gods would agree with her and get to decide where his soul goes.
Antigone was completely and utterly right through the whole book and creon was completely wrong. So, we have to start out with the main story and why everyone is arguing. Antigone's brother Polyneices has died and they are trying to decide on how to bury his body. Antigone finds her uncle Creon’s laws unjust and wants to have her brother buried because she believes in the laws of God. Creon strongly believes in the political and social order of things.
She does this by quoting Creon when he says, “No one shall bury him. No one shall mourn for him” (190). Here Antigone uses the pathos appeal, again appealing to Ismines emotions. She does this in order to try to make Ismene change her mind. When Ismene hears this she is going to feel bad
The play Antigone, by Sophocles, presents the power of love, which the sword cannot defeat. Nevertheless, the play itself provides the idea in which it might be argued whether love is one of the superior forces in society that drives people to pursue their ideals. The story itself, places Antigone determined to carry out the burying of her brother Polyneices with the purpose of honouring him and giving him the importance she thinks he deserves. Considering this an act of love, Antigone is willing to overcome the laws of the state and Creon’s orders by sacrificing her own life in order to distinguish the reputation of her family. This rebellious role that differences her from the other woman during those times, provides her the ability of
Is it better to be a dead hero or a forgotten bystander? In Antigone, one of Sophocles’ three Theban plays, the actions of Oedipus’ daughter Antigone take center stage. After the death of her brothers, one of whom fought against Thebes, Antigone defies both the decree by Thebes’ leader Creon and the wishes of her sister, Ismene, to bury her treacherous brother in accordance with Ancient Greek funeral rites. Once captured, Antigone is sentenced to death and ultimately hangs herself, as her fiancé and his mother both kill themselves out of grief. While the central conflict is the contrasting ideals of Creon’s loyalty to his city and Antigone’s to her brother, Ismene is oft-forgotten as the mild, weak, cowardly sister whose only purpose is to attempt to dissuade Antigone from her ideals; however, her role as foil to Antigone’s domineering recklessness only