Do you know it? Have you heard it?/Don 't you notice when evils due to enemies/are headed towards those we love?" (Antigone, Line 8-12) Antigone proves her familial loyalty when, after her brothers kill each other, King Creon states that only one of the brothers is to be buried. The other brother is dishonored and must be left to rot. Antigone defies Creon 's orders and buries her fallen brother in spite of the law forbidding the act.
Antigone is the daughter of Oedipus and Jocasta. In the beginning of the book, we find out that Antigone’s brothers have killed each other in war. One of the brothers, Polyneices is considered a traitor and Creon, the king, refuses to give him a proper burial. Antigone decides to disobey the king and give her brother a proper burial. Antigone loves the idea of a noble death and it drives her decision-making at the end of her life.
In addition, Antigone has her own struggle, faceing her uncle King Creon, by herself. Moreover, Antigone was declared the death penalty, on behalf of giving her brother funeral honors. This is a very unruly move, because her brother is considered a traitor to the king and people, which ultimately means he shall not be buried. However, it shows King Creon that Antigone would do anything to modify the law, as well as risking herself, just so her brother has a proper funeral. To emphasize, Antigone responds to King Creon, “ If I die young, I say I’d gain something” (Sophocles 20).
Although her actions would defy the commands of her ruler, she follows through with the rebellion to achieve justice for her brother. In response to Creon’s verdict, Antigone explained: “ This punishment will not be pain. Only if I let my mother’s son lie there unburied then I could not have borne it. This I can bear “ (Lines 391-394). Being the stubborn character that Antigone is she was not ready to give into her
In the play, Antigone, Creon and Antigone cannot give in to each other and if Creon gave in to Antigone’s wishes and spared her brother, he would have felt that he weakened himself as a ruler in the eyes of the people he ruled over while Antigone felt that he had to break Creon’s law for the honor that her already dishonored family had for being incestuous. All Antigone wanted was for her family to have an honorable death. Even with Creon’s wants, he eventually gave into Antigone’s desires and gave her brother a
(for reals this time) Juliet want to be with her husband “Yea, noise? Then I’ll be brief. O happy dagger, this is thy sheath. There rust and let me die. “(5.3) It show’s how now that romeo is dead because he didn’t get the memo that she was faking it, (because he was exiled) he killed himself.
Chapter 3: Principle of Creon . At first glance Creon’s edict may be like simply cruel and seems to be unjust but he has his own view for the edict. He forbids the burial of Polyneices and throws away the corpse to dogs and birds; threatens the guard to torture if he fails to find out the culprit; quickly announces two sisters death without justifying. These are seems to be cruel but if we look into his deed entirely we will come to know why he does those? Is he really cruel and wrong?
The themes of loyalty and love are also developed by conflicts that occur between the two characters. “Go bring her out— that hateful creature, so she can die right here, with him present, before her bridegroom’s eyes.” (Lines 868-870) Ultimately Creon is willing to see his son suffer by suggesting he kill Haemon’s fiancée (Antigone) in front of him. “No. Don’t ever hope for that. She’ll not die with me just standing there.
Creon threatens Antigone with death because she defied his laws. Antigone believes she was destined for death when she remarks, “Oh god, the voice of death. It’s come. It’s here” (1025). Antigone ignites pity from others by acting as if she is bound to death.
Creon believes that he is right in executing his sister’s daughter when all of his workers, sentries, sons, and subjects know that he should not have sentenced Antigone to death for his own goals. The chorus of the play, which represents the thoughts of the commoners, begin to question Creon’s actions when they say, “Then she must die?”( scene II line 183). This suggests that the chorus has begun to waver in their trust of Creon, and proves that his thoughts have not been fully examined by himself because he thought that what he was doing was completely just but the chorus thinks