Eteocles and Polyneices, brothers of Ismene and Antigone, are in battle for the reign of Thebes. This is all occurring after their father, Oedipus’s, death. Both brothers die and Creon becomes the new king and decides to Bury Eteocles with honor and leave Polyneices’s, “For fowl to watch, gloating upon their prey!” (Antigone, p. 2) This was a huge thing for Greeks, since they thought that one could not go to the afterlife without being properly buried. Antigone, who feels the same love for both her brothers, decides to bury her Polyneices, even though Creon will put anyone to death that tries to. She tries to get Ismene involved, but she refuses to break Creon’s law. Antigone gets caught in the burying of her brother and Creon sends her to …show more content…
Creon’s view of government was an idea that later influenced Thomas Hobbes, and an idea well opposed by John Locke. Thomas Hobbes’s view on government was that “Only a powerful government could ensure an orderly society.” (The Modern World, p. 55) For Hobbes, the government he wanted would have to be an absolute monarchy, which compelled obedience and enforced law and order. Creon was a leader who was so in denial that he could ever be wrong, to a point where if anyone tried saying something against him, they would suffer great consequences, usually sentencing to death. He was the one man in charge, where he contained all power and the rest lived how he wanted them to live, and not how the people want to live. Hobbes thought that people were not smart enough to make their own decisions. For example, Creon says “His (Polyneices) body shall be left devoured…Death is the penalty.” (Antigone, p. 9) In this example, Creon does not consider the people’s opinions on what is the right thing to do with Polyneices’s body and makes decisions without the thoughts of anyone else because he himself also thinks that people are not smart enough to make their own decisions, which is why he makes the decisions for them. As Hobbes thinks that people were greedy and selfish in their natural state, Locke seems to differ. Locke argued that to protect their natural rights, people formed their governments. Creon was one who used his …show more content…
She is doing things in the favor of what is right and what is wrong and not what the king thinks is right or wrong. “Help me lift, the body up-.” said Antigone (Antigone, p. 2). This is where one of John Locke’s ideas play a role in the story. Antigone thinks that it is part of her natural rights to take and bury her brother, Polyneices, and if she was not to do so, she would be showing dishonor and respect to her own. John Locke thought, “They [people] had natural rights,” (The Modern World, p. 55) which these rights were given to everyone at the time that they were born. One example of this is that Antigone says “It is no shame to pay respect to our own flesh and blood.” (Antigone, p.20) She is willing to take any punishment, even death, because she knows she is doing the right
Antigone Antigone was wronged and Antigone is tragic hero because she wanted to get a proper grave site, Creon was her uncle, Antigone was the good one. Antigone wants her brother to be buried but her uncle wouldn’t let her. Her uncle Creon was a very mean man.
This clearly shows that Creon does respect others and often times does not believes others observations, by doing this Creon limits himself to only one opinion; his own. Which proves to be one of the leading causes of his ineffective habits, he does not listen to others because he believe that his thoughts and opinions are the
Hobbes and Locke had opposing views and interpretations of men and their state of nature. Hobbes was around during the time that an absolute monarchy was the acceptable type of government for society. This was most acceptable to Hobbes because he believed that if society would leave man in his own state of nature he would be brutish. Also he believed that a government with
In Antigone, there was two brothers who shared being the King and one of the brothers, Polynices, wanted to start a war with the kingdom because he wanted to be the main ruler. Polynices and his brother Eteocles fight and they both end up killing each other. Their Uncle Creon, who takes position as King when they are both killed, decides that only Eteocles will have a proper burial and Polynices will be left to rot. Antigone, Polynices and Eteocles sister, thinks that Creon’s decision is unfair and takes upon herself to give Polynices a proper burial. When their other sister Ismene finds out, she is stuck between helping her sister bury their brother and following Creon’s demands.
In the play Antigone, Eteocles and Polyneices are The brothers of Antigone. The brothers killed eachother in battle fighting over the throne of Thebes which caused calamity. The brothers defiled their reputation fighting over power. Antigone's uncle, Creon, the new king, gave Eteocles a proper burial but refused to give Polyneices a proper burial because he believed he was a traitor. Antigone transgresses king Creon's law and berries Polyneices.
Antigone’s actions are motivated by her allegiance to her family, moral conscience, and religion amid Creon’s political injustice and tyranny. Antigone’s actions motivate her to demand Ismene to prove whether she is “a true sister or a traitor to your family” (26-27). Antigone maintains loyalty to her brother despite his actions which threatened Thebes. Her inability to bear the thought of her brother’s corpse being picked apart by animals and not being honored with proper funeral rites forces her to act. 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.
Two brothers named Eteocles and Polyneices are fighting over who should be the ruler of Thebes due to the fact they both want to be king. However, during battle, both brothers are killed on the battlefield; resulting in neither of them being king. The new ruler, Creon, who also happens to be their uncle, declares Eteocles to be buried and to leave Polyneices on the field for ‘dishonoring’ Thebes. Antigone and Ismene, sisters to Eteocles and Polyneices, are arguing over whether or not they should defy what their Uncle Creon has ordered and bury him anyway. Antigone declares they should because it’s the right thing to do; whereas, Ismene is terrified of going against Creon since he stated anyone who defied the law will be punished by death.
Correspondingly, Creon's bona fide adherence to the laws of man is evident in the defense for his resolute actions. In the conversation aforementioned between Haemon and Creon, the latter defends his decision by declaring it is to "respect his own authority". As in his opinion, a respected ruler who is in the early stages of establishing authority must be uncompromising and resolute in making decisions. Creon rejects using divine laws to rule his people for they are irrational, and trusts that solely following man made laws will he be able to guarantee a peaceful and prosperous existence for his city. Creon says that the laws enacted by the city’s leader "must be obeyed, large and small, / right and wrong."
It is Captain America’s duty to not just protect the American people, but to lead and guide them. He is the face of all that America stands for from his star spangled suit to his values and heroism. Captain America symbolizes freedom and protection. I feel like he 's often understood to symbolize America, but he stands for more than that. He had never run from a fight and always insisted on standing up for himself and his beliefs.
After reading the tragedy of Antigone by Sophocles, one is left to wonder who the protagonist of this play is. Is it Creon or is it Antigone? To answer this question, one must define what a protagonist is. By definition, a protagonist is a leading actor or a character. Creon fits this description because not only do his actions lead into the whole tragedy, but his character shows a great development and the values he teaches to the readers.
He can act quite stubborn and overconfident in himself and his ruling, and he needs to see this situation from another point of view in order to prevent anarchy. We find Creon irritated and belligerent when speaking with Teiresias. TEIRESIAS. King, you will drive me to words that - CREON. Say them, say them!
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).
The drama Antigone places the culture of Greece on display by showcasing the many values that this culture held in reverence, including remaining loyal to family, honoring the dead, and honoring the gods. In Sophocles’ renowned drama entitled Antigone, one of the main values that Antigone chooses to honor is loyalty to family, even when that means that she has to forgo loyalty to her city and community. Even though her uncle the king, Kreon, forbade anyone to bury Polyneikes’ body because he had been on the opposing side in the battle, Antigone felt a duty to her brother to bury him. When speaking with her sister, Antigone says that Kreon’s command “…threatens our loved ones / as if they were our enemies” (Antigone 14-15).
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.