Gallantry In Antigone

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ition. Kreon sides with Eteocles, and furious, Polynices wages war. After Eteocles and Polynices stab each other, Kreon obtains the title of “king” and has to be in charge of the brothers’ burials. He wants to only bury Eteocles because he considers Polynices a traitor. The fact that Antigone was willing to bury her brother was brave, and her bravery is one of the many reasons why Sophocles was correct in naming the third part in his trilogy, Antigone. As aforementioned, Antigone’s gallantry has come to deserve the title of Sophocles’s second surviving written play, Antigone. For example, as written in lines 88-90, Antigone says, “I will bury him myself. If I die doing that, good: I will stay with him, my brother; and my crime will be devotion.”…show more content…
From this, it is obvious that if Sophocles wrote Antigone into the story as a character who everyone cared about, it is justifiable that she has the title of the play. As an example, in lines 123-125, Antigone brings up her plan to bury Polynices to Ismene, and Ismene says “Since you believe you must, go on. You are wrong. But we who love you are right in loving you.” When Ismene says this, it conveys to the reader how much Antigone’s sister cares for her. Even though Ismene does not agree with what Antigone wishes to do, she still loves her sister, and knows she has good intentions. Antigone goes through with the burial, and when Kreon finds out, he leads her and her sister into the castle, handcuffed. Antigone admits to the fullest that she did what the sentries saw her do, and Kreon seems to not want to believe it. He keeps giving her outs of her punishment by asking vague questions. He does this because he loves her, as many other characters in the story do. Further on in lines 922-924 when Haimon is arguing with Kreon, he says, “No you won’t. Don’t think it. When I am with her, she will not die. And you, you will never see me again.” By declaring this, Haimon shows his love for Antigone is so strong that he would give up all contact with his father to keep the love of his life alive. Haimon’s love for Antigone further exhibits
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