“Creon is not strong enough to stand in my way.” Antigone said this while talking to ismene about her plans to bury her brother. She is saying that Creon, the king of thebes, can not stop her from following her morals and burying her brother. Antigone is the daughter of oedipus who is also her brother. In the story antigone’s suffers the loss of both of her brothers, oedipus and polyneices.
Some actions are justifiable, while others are not. Antigone is a tragedy by Sophocles written in 441 B.C. as the third of the three Theban plays. The protagonist, Antigone, defies the law of man, placed by King Creon, by burying her brother Polynices who was decreed a traitor. In the play, most of Antigone's actions are justifiable because the intentions are dedicated to her family and following the law of the gods over the law of man.
Why do people do things? Why are laws created, laws broken, and crimes committed? Behind every action is a motive. In Sophocles’ work of art Antigone, there are many possible motives for the character’s actions. Creon forbids Polyneices burial, sentences Antigone to death, locks Antigone in a stone chamber, and decides to free Antigone because his motives are to be a liked by the Greek Gods and the people of Thebes.
People have been using ethos, pathos, and logos quotes for a very long time in order to get something that they think is necessary. In Sophocles play as translated by Seamon Heaney, Antigone says these types of quotes in order to justify the burial of her brother Polyneices. In Antigone, there are many wonderful examples of Antigone using ethos, pathos and logos in order to get what she thinks is right. Antigone believes that it is the right thing to bury her dead brother's body even if he was a traitor. “For good ideas and true innovation, you need human interaction, conflict, argument, debate”, a quote about argument by Margaret Heffernan, a famous author.
Conscience vs. Society Everyone faces difficult choices throughout their life, and many of these choices are due to the pressures of society. Society is cruel and everyone, at some point in their lives, has been at the receiving end of that cruelty and felt the sorrow it brings. In Antigone by Sophocles, Antigone finds herself faced with the choice of doing what her heart says is right, and burying her dead sibling or following what society has decreed as the right thing to do and leave him “to be devoured by dogs and fowls of the air.” (Sophocles, page 12) Antigone’s sister, Ismene, faces the same choice though she is less willing to defy society in favor of family obligations.
One of the most prominent themes in all of greek literature is fate. Fate is especially important in Antigone, an installment of the Oedipus Cycle, written by Sophocles. Antigone is set just after the bloody siege of Thebes, and tells the story of Oedipus’ daughter, named Antigone, as she attempts to bury the body of her traitorous brother Polynices, who attempted to invade and conquer Thebes. Her brother was killed in battle, and despite their relationship, he is left to rot on the battlefield. Her other brother, Eteocles, who died defending Thebes, is to be buried with full honors; Antigone thinks this is unjust, and plans to secretly bury Polynices, in spite of Creon’s declaration that if anyone tries to bury Polynices they will be stoned
Antigone recognizes her error, accepts its tragic consequences and is humbled. She states “This girl is guilty of a double insolence, breaking the given laws and boasting of it.” scene 2, line 80. She is called out by creon to get punished for the crime she committed. Antigone is breaking the law just to get what she wants.
The definition of moral is this: “Concerned with the principles of right and wrong behavior and the goodness or badness of human character.” But, what is right, and what is wrong? Is there a straightforward, universal answer to that? The play Antigone addresses this. The two main characters are both acting upon what they see as morally just and right.
If each inhabitant of this universe examines themselves, we would find flaws. In literature, we are often presented with characters possessing one or more tragic flaws that lead to their demise, and in this situation, it's Antigone, a play written by Sophocles. This colossal play exhibits much more than just characters and words. The flaws conveyed in Antigone's main characters do not only manifest different types of imperfections throughout the play, but how they take place, affect everything and everybody, and maneuver the course of the story as it is developed. King Creon and Antigone, the antagonist and protagonists in this play, exhibit such character flaws such as hubris, bravery, ignorance, etc.
People don’t always listen to the right thing. One time I told my brother to stop hanging from the basketball hoop because one day it was going to fall over because it wasn’t a very heavy basket ball hoop and he would get hurt, but he didn’t listen to me and broke his arm; kinda like creon did, creon did not listen to antigone about burying her brother with a proper burial and when the city started talking about him and antigone buried the body probably would have felt like the equivalent to my brother breaking his arm in his eyes. Creon is very quick to anger because he doesn’t let anyone speak, doesn’t let anyone that thinks their mind speak about them. Creon is very selfish and wants everyone to think what he want them to think. I will be writing about creon and him being full of himself, thinks people only thinks what he thinks, and follows rules and only if it is his rules.