Antigone broke Creon’s law by burying her brother and in the act of doing so, she was caught. Creon locks her away in a jail cell and she kills herself. Haemon; Antigone’s husband; and the chorus bed Creon to free her but he does not want to. He finally gives in but
To begin with, Ismene is trying to calm her sister down in her speech, stating “Why rush to extremes? It’s madness, madness” (Lines 80 & 81). In this speech of Antigone, however, we see her trying to incite anger and guilt in Ismene. This is shown when Antigone asks Ismene if she’s going to be a coward and not help, or be worth her royal blood and help Antigone bury Polynices. Another major difference was the use of Polynices as a persuasive method.
Her determination is so strong that her character becomes symbolic of family loyalty or blood ties” (Shmoop). Although she is not trying to teach a lesson per se, she does make an impact on those around her. Her fiancé and his mother both follow suit in Antigone’s suicide, leaving Creon alone in the end to reflect on his actions and their consequences. Antigone’s actions are not the only things that link her to her heroic archetypical role, her motivations for
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
However, Antigone is looking up at Creon without a sign of fear. Her face looks determined and confident. Ultimately, the tableau demonstrates how both Antigone and Creon actions contrast between what is right and what is wrong. In Creon’s perspective, he is in the right for as King he made a declaration that if anyone attempt to bury the traitor, Polynices, then they will be punished with
Even after Ismene warns Antigone about burying her brother, she is unstoppable. She goes on with what she partakes to be right even though she does not receive help from her sister. On the part of Creon, he upholds his dedication to leadership so much that he ignores the plea by his son to spare Antigone. He thinks that the only reason which makes his son do that is that he is loyal to Antigone. Therefore, both characters have this tendency to trust themselves and it brings both good and adverse effects to them.
When one refers to Antigone by Sophocles, there are numerous occurrences of interruptions and violent actions which interrupt the routine processes. The text itself begins with the first prologue scene, where Ismene, Antigones ' sister and Antigone are having a conversation with one another. Antigone tells Ismene about her ideas and thoughts which she intends to do, she then tells Ismene to join her when she has to bury their brother, Polyneices. Antigone is thinking of breaking the law and going against the state, which is King Creon. In her mind she has already broken the law, but she thinks beyond her crime into the interrupting Creon 's law and preparing herself for the punishment ahead.
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.
Creon’s strong feelings about Antigone burying of her brother transgressed him as the tragic hero because his stubbornness against her caused everyone to turn on him. Such as when Creon is talking to Antigone and he tells her “ In all of Thebes, you’re the only one who looks at things this way.” To which Antigone replies “They share my views, but they keep their mouths shut just for you.” This shows how Creon’s slowly being turned against because his stubbornness. Antigone admits to the burial of her brother and Creon orders her to a cave to survive as long as she can. When Creon’s son hears word of this he goes to talk to Creon and sees his stubbornness. Creon’s son Haemon kills himself when he finds Antigone dead, Creon's wife also kills herself once she hears of Haemon's death.
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). Here, Antigone is saying that she earned her “punishment” by her “service to Polynices’ “dear body”. She is saying that she will die because of her actions, but that she did it for Polynices’ “honour”. Antigone is also saying that many people, not just her, would think that what she did was right because they also believe in the laws of the gods. Antigone portrayed her devotion to her family by declaring her acceptance of her punishment, which was caused by her honorable action of burying her brother.