In this growing world, people have learned to challenge rules and test boundaries to get what they want and to stand up for what they believe in. The play Antigone by Sophocles is an example of a story that tells an important moral of always doing what someone believes is right, despite the consequences. In the story, Antigone confidently gives her brother, Polyneices, a proper burial, despite her uncle Creon's wishes not to do so. Creon finds out and takes actions against Antigone and sentences her to death, resulting in turmoil for his family and city. Creon realizes what mistake he has made and knows that he has overused his power, but he was too late, people he loved died, and Creon had to suffer. The quote, “ Rebellion to tyrants is obedience
In Sophocles’ Antigone, we are introduced to a plethora of different ideologies and view points regarding character and judgment. The main conflict that is brought to light in the play centers around the treatment of Polyneices’ body after he perishes. The individuals who take up this conflict, Antigone and Creon, are locked into a battle of right and wrong. Antigone uses familial ties and divine justification in her case, while Creon argues that protecting Thebes takes precedence over the family and that those who live against the city, lack any sort of rights. Both perspectives have their own aspects of validity as well as their own faults, and both can be explored and analyzed independently from one another.
Would you follow a law if it serves no purpose to you or others? or if you felt that it was wrong to a certain group or ethnicity? Many people know the story Antigone by Sophocles, a kingdom set in ruins as two brothers end up killing each other over a land given to them by their father. As said in lines 165-175 Creon states “Polyneices, I say, is to have no burial: no man is to touch him or the least prayer for him; he shall lie on the plain, unburied.” Being as how both brothers fought fighting for their beliefs they should both get a proper military honored burial as believed by their sister Antigone. Antigone being the one to fight for her beliefs and obeying the god's laws attempts the burial of Polyneices and goes against Creon’s law to prove to him that he’s in over his head that he has too much pride in himself, in lines 15-35 Antigone claims that she is going to go
‘How should one live?’ ‘Is it possible to make a rational choice between personal decision and external constraints?’ and ‘Can practical rationality be used to avoid conflict?’ These are questions that Nussbaum tries to uncover through the tragic play, Sophocles’ Antigone, of Ancient Greek theatre. Nussbaum heavily focuses on the simplification committed by the protagonists, Creon and Antigone, as they attempt to ward off conflict through simplifying their “commitments and love”. This can be seen as the author leads the reader through the passages of the tragedy, demonstrating the decisions, perspectives and the axiomatic “practical wisdoms” of the protagonists. Moreover, she presents the reader with the emotional reactions of the Chorus as well as examining the reaction of the audiences of that time towards this conflict. Furthermore, Nussbaum underline’s Hegel’s interpretation of the Greek tragedy and takes a more critical look at the Hegelian approach. Finally, Nussbaum draws a conclusion that conflict or tragedy occurs when we try to simplify a complex world.
Life is full of choices. Sometimes it’s easy for a person to make the right choice, but other times it seems a bit harder. The writer J.K. Rowling once said, “It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”. She clearly states that choices are the fundamentals of our future, since our choices are what lead to our actions. Our choices can lead to happiness, sorrow, grief, anxiety or even bravery. However a few people around the world still realize the importance of choices. The list starts from Eleanor roosevelt all the way back to one of the three Greek tragedians, Sophocles. His play “Antigone” focuses on the consequences of a brave choice that the main character, Antigone, had made. This writer, who had lived in the earlier ages, is a great symbol of wisdom that people might have lost nowadays. Antigone’s choice itself had changed her whole life. Some may say it wasn’t the right choice to make, however to
The concept of freedom has a deep root in human history. Since ancient times, people perceive that they are created as free individuals. They looked up their liberty even by wars to remove any coercion, restraints and regulations on their actions. People’s liberty has a substantial role in their lives. Free people employ the power of nature and harness it to dominate the earth. They invent and create various forms of civilization. When ancient Egyptians and Greeks people lived without constraints for their behavior and thoughts, they dug canals, built pyramids, temples and sailed ships in seas. However, when they suffered from constraints of another country, they lived as slaves unable to attain their basic necessities. The play Antigone by Sophocles and the movie the Manchurian Candidate, directed by John Frankenheimer, claim that individuals should practice their freedom. They point out that individuals should tackle the coercion which
In the play "Antigone" by Sophocles, Antigone rightfully decides to bury her brother, Polynices, but when the king, Creon, finds out, she does not repent for her actions. She is a woman that stands for what she thinks is right, which in this case is that Creon is wrong for condemning the burial of her brother. She shows braveness with her actions because not all people have the courage to risk their own lives so that their brother can rest in peace. For instance, Ismene states "What? You 'd bury him – when a law forbids the city?" (pg. 3, lines 54-55) This implies that Ismene also thinks that Antigone is crazy for going against her own city, zbut Antigone shows that she is not afraid of danger even if it is death. She does not fear the impossible
The theme of a story is the central topic of a text. The theme that I chose is the theme of fate versus freewill. I believe this theme is shown throughout the book. For example, this theme is present in the play during act 1, scene 2. This tragedy is not the only place that this occurs. Earlier this year we read the Tragedy “Antigone” I believe that this theme is also present there. The most difficult example for me to find Was an example of fate versus freewill in the real world. An example of fate versus freewill in the real world could be whether or not somebody has a bright future or not.
The tragic hero of the play Antigone is Creon. He made many fatal errors in the beginning of his reign that influenced the rest of his life. At the beginning of the play Antigone’s brothers Eteocles and Polyneices fight to the death and end up killing each other. Creon, the
Antigone is a tragedy play written by Sophocles around 441 B.C. and is the last play in the Greek trilogy. The play is made up of approximately 1,352 lines and was originally written in Athens under Pericles reign. Events of the play unfold in a little less than 24 hours with the scenes unraveling in front of the palace at Thebes. Antigone explores various themes ranging from natural law vs man-made law to family (Mastin 2009).
Sophocles’ play Antigone, has an example of how there’s always consequences, whether good or bad. In this play, Antigone, the main character commits an act of civil disobedience against her uncle, the king. This act of civil disobedience, burying her brother, Polyneices, after the king said that his body was not to have a proper burial, had a large effect on how the rest of the play developed. A lot of the events were Antigone’s fault, but each had a different effect on the character and society.
There are many instances where passion can lead to success. It can give meaning in one’s life while at the same time propel oneself into a world of opportunity. More importantly, however, there is a balance needed between two things: passion and reason. Without reason, impulsive choices are made, and without passion, one risks making the wrong decisions, or even living an empty life. In Sophocles’ Greek tragedy Antigone, Antigone causes adversity and death of her family and loved ones through rash decisions. These consequences affect not only the people most important to Antigone, but their past, present, and future. The outcomes of these loved ones are all linked directly to Antigone herself, revealing that too much passion can blind one’s
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. His ability to keep fighting for what he believed in, no matter the consequences, is a strong characteristic of his. He proved that nobody should ever give up hope because giving up is never an option for something you truly believe in.
Sophocles, with his intelligence and creativity, presented numerous ethically correct and incorrect circumstances in his play Antigone, also consisting of arguable traits. With every character shadows a dilemma that the reader has to interpret for themselves, and this is one of the reasons that it is as intellectually challenging as it is presented. One of these characters within the controversy is Antigone, the daughter of the former king of Thebes.