In the story, Antigone, Creon, the king, established two decrees in the land of Thebes. The first decree is nobody should bury Polyneices and the second, Antigone and her sister, Ismene, be put to death. Antigone, Polyneices sister, performed an act of civil disobedience by burying her brother with full knowledge she would die. Although Ismene didn’t commit the crime, she still wanted to be punished. Ismene said, “But now I know what you meant; and I am here to join you to take my share.”
“ He’s honoring one with full funeral and treating the other one disgracefully! Etheocles,they say, has had his burial according to our customary rites, to win him honour with the dead below.” “ But where I could gain greater glory than setting my own brother in his grave? All those here would confirm this pleases them if their lips weren’t sealed by fear--being king.”
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. She believes in something so much that she is willing to go against the law, and in turn die for it.
The Man of Law 's Tale, from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, is different from the rest of completed tales. Fate plays an important part in all of the poems but unlike the other tales, The Man of Law focuses heavily upon free will as well. The poem is about a young roman princess who is unknowingly thrown into a life of cruelty and violence, over religious quarrels, jealousies, and hate thought to be enacted by Satan. The theme of unrelenting calmness and obedience is also present in the piece, and this could be due to her being a true follower of Christ. No matter if she is treated to a life of pain, bitterness, and backstabbing but throughout she remains loyal to Jesus and God’s Plan.
The position of women in the societies of Genesis and the Odyssey grant them little power. Despite the pervasive gender hierarchy present in the ancient texts, Rebekah and Nausicaa wield their intelligence and wit to influence those around them. These two women utilize deception and indirect communication in order to alter the lives of prominent men as their means of exerting control within their patriarchal society. Due to their actions, these women become essential to the narratives of Genesis and the Odyssey, for Rebekah is integral to the perpetuation of God’s covenant through familial lineage and Nausicaa is fundamental to Odysseus’ nostos journey.
Diana Moon, the Handicapper General's first and center names, refers to the hunt of the Roman goddess (Gradesaver.com). Diana was known for her revenge, which could clarify the heartless murdering of Harrison Bergeron in this story. Diana Moon, the murderer of individuality and freedom, Vonnegut is alerting society not to lean totally towards being "equivalent in every way" or else society will lose its opportunities to exceed expectation of past it has become (Joodaki & Mahdiany). In a society of equality, Harrison Bergeron is the one who represents uniqueness by his mental and physical characteristics. In fact, he is characterized as “a genius, an athlete”.
In the play “Antigone”, Polyneices and Eteocles, who are her brothers, have killed each other while in battle. Creon was an unjust leader, who has given Eteocles an appropriate burial for their religion, however, his proclamation stated that no one shall bury Polyneices. Antigone, a headstrong individual, then went against Creon 's proclamation, and gave the proper burial to her brother Polyneices. In the text, Antigone states, “Ismene, I am going to bury him. Will you come?”(Sophocles 752).
The word ‘gods’ can be described as an idol, material object or image representing deity, or, it can be any thought or idea which withdraw the spirit of the living God from human heart as a replacement. Worshiping other “gods” is a violation of God’s commandment and it is of course a sinful act. The author of ‘king of the campus’, Stephen Lutz, talks about the people of Babel, how their ambition, desire for status and fame became their ‘gods’. When they were over stepping what God has set for them, then, he divided their language and he scattered them across the earth. Stephen Luiz wrote “these idols need to be dethroned”.
The suitors have violated the custom of xenia through their intrusion into Odysseus’ household, and in their courting of Penelope, who is considered the property of Odysseus. As the identity of Homer is a subject of much contention in academic circles, it is unlikely that the depiction of the seemingly idyllic Ithaka and the Ithaka that resembles a more disordered picture of Greek society are deliberate inventions of propaganda, unlike the later work of Virgil’s Aenied, for instance, which was commissioned by emperor Augustus, to exemplify ancient Roman societal customs. Many scholars agree that the two great epic poems credited to Homer epitomise the culture and customs of ancient Greek society, yet had no political agenda in doing this, but were instead shared and performed as cultural myths for
As Antigone’s introduction explains, “Creon apparently knows that this…is at odds with the traditional understanding of divine law…which justice demands that family members are permitted to bury their dead relatives whether or not they were loyal to the
In the creation of the legend of Fisher, there are symbolisms throughout, the story focuses almost entirely on Lavinia even though the murders were conducted by her husband as well. The purpose of focusing on Lavinia’s actions instead of John is to show how her good looks were an essential part of luring men in the hotel. Lavinia using her beauty as an advantage communicates the deception of beauty. To many, beauty almost directly attributes of goodness this legend tries to subvert this universally agreed on narrative, by showing Lavinia as a beautiful woman with ugly intentions. With the South typically has strong ties to the Christian religion, many can assume that Lavinia, herself is a representation of the devil and its intentions.
The question of the people of the era as anything but monotheistic may seem odd at first. Nonetheless, in closer inspection of the text the more similarities can be seen to compare saint Foy to a goddess. “I raised an immense outcry on account of the injury inflicted upon you, and with it I swayed the goodness of the Heavenly Judge to mercy. I
The Medea by Euripides and Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare mark as significant works of the ancient society the two play features aspects that are crucial to the modern society if properly analyzed. In a number of ways each of the authors to the play has illustrated the theme of betrayal each of the main characters and the events that they encounter in their life puts them in a position to betray or be betrayed by others. Elements of betrayal in Medea occur mainly to Jason and Medea based on their relationship as husband and wife. On the other hand, the aspects of betrayal evident in the case of Juliet and Romeo are due to the fact that they are lovers. One of the major similarities between the two plays is that love I the root cause of the theme of betrayal.
This is an ironic statement as Medea is actually planning to kill her children, a fact which the audience does not yet know about. Jason uses another form of rhetorical stretching, which includes his plea that leaving his wife and children was a ‘wise move’, and that the decision was made with Medea’s best interests at heart, as much an attempt to convince himself as much as the audience. The chorus is quick to point out that ‘You have betrayed your wife and are acting badly.’ The Nurse is our first instance of anagnorisis during the play. Though an ancient Greek audience would well be in tune with the stories in Greek mythology, the Nurse’s role would still have proved important, as she was a tool Euripides used to transport the audience