I want no wicked women for my sons.” (Sophocles, Line 455) He clearly shows that women are to surrender to the male figures. Creon does not want a woman who is in control or have any type of leadership role for his sons. As well he clearly explains if he changes his mind about his punishment for Antigone he will no longer be a
The phrase, "Nothing in excess," is inscribed at the Temple of Delphi as a reminder to the Greeks to not elevate or degrade themselves. In Antigone, both Antigone and Creon violate this principle. Antigone, in the beginning of the play, decides that she will bury Polynices and break Creon's law against it. As she describes her idea to her sister, Ismene cations Antigone, saying "Remember we are women, / we're not born to contend with men" (lines 74-75).
Proctor knew that by confessing, it would only make the court look better but by not confessing, the court would hang him. Proctor begs to Judge Danforth, “How may I live without my name? I have given you my soul; leave me my name!”(132). Proctor knows that if he signs the confession, there will be a paper about it in the church door. Proctor values his life but, he does not want to be remembered as a liar who is willing to do whatever it takes for his own life.
Justice is key to the functionality of society. However, individuals often have a different understanding of what it means to carry out justice. In The Crucible by Arthur Miller, Abigail’s search for recompense and righteousness is, in reality, a search for revenge. Though unsuccessful, this search portrays Abigail’s character develops the subject of vengeance into a theme of the work. Abigail’s understanding, or rather, misunderstanding of justice develops character and theme within the work.
Although her actions would defy the commands of her ruler, she follows through with the rebellion to achieve justice for her brother. In response to Creon’s verdict, Antigone explained: “ This punishment will not be pain. Only if I let my mother’s son lie there unburied then I could not have borne it. This I can bear “ (Lines 391-394). Being the stubborn character that Antigone is she was not ready to give into her
Therefore, we can see that Medea believes her actions are not only a sacrifice, but also as a form of cleansing, since she can not risk being tainted by the presence of unclean individuals. She specifically refers to Jason’s infidelity. She claims they “died from a disease they caught from their father” (44). Medea compares Jason’s adultery to a malady to prove that killing her children was the medicine needed to cure the sickness. However, the Chorus is not advocating for Medea and infanticide is actually the opposite of what the women are trying to say.
Antigone in the prologue is talking with Ismene about the battle between Polyneices and Eteocles, which definitely stirs up emotions between the two. Ismene says at one point “They mean a great deal to me, but I have no strength To break laws that were made for the public good. (p.60-61)” Ismene wants to bury him, but she fears for her life and doesn’t want to gamble her life to do it. Antigone feels that she should bury her brother and is very willing to do it, as seen when she says “ I am going to bury him...He is my brother. (p.30-33)” The willingness and bravery of Antigone to do what she feels is right in this situation brings out her overall character traits, her stubbornness and passion.
He knows that it is morally wrong to steal someone else’s property. He thinks that his wife is worth saving and that he would face the consequences later. He hopes that the judge would feel sorry for him and he would not be sent to jail but that he would have to make restitution to the druggist for the medication he had stolen. Alesia, the female subject, said that she would not steal the medicine. She said that she would consider borrowing a loan from a bank or friend/ family member to pay for the medication.
This was not how Antigone thought, she clearly loved her brother and wanted the best for him both in life on Earth and in the Underworld. She told Keron “I’d never let any man’s arrogance bully me into breaking the gods’ laws” (Sophocles lines 496 and 497). This may sound like Antigone showing her morals, but it is in the form of honor. She is telling Keron that the Gods require bodies to be properly buried to be admitted into the Underworld and that the Laws of the Gods and the honor of her family come before the laws made by Keron. Antigone’s Honor is fueled by her anger towards Keron and the way he treated Eteokles and Polyneikes differently.
But they keep their tongues in leash.” (Page 507) When Antigone says this it shows how she will not say that people are mad at her for breaking the law, she will not give in and say she did something wrong. When Creon is told something and he choses not to believe it he says the other person is wrong and that they do not know what they are saying, this is just like Antigone. “...I have done no wrong, I have not sinned before God. Or if I have, I shall know the truth in death. But if the guilt lies upon Creon who judged me, then, I pray, may his punishment equal my own.” (Page 518) Here, Antigone states that she believes she has done no wrong.
2. In this quote, Ismene is telling Antigone that she will not help in the illegal act of burying Polynices. Antigone becomes offended by her unwillingness to help her, because Polynices is Ismene’s brother as well. The reason why Ismene won’t help her, is because Ismene does not want to go against Creon’s law and be killed. However, Antigone does not care if she gets executed, she is willing to bury Polynices no matter life or death.
By committing action the idea of justice becomes more problematic. Medea 's attempt to seek justice leads to a deeper injustice, and the conflicts of justice and natural law is revealed to be unattainable. Thus, even as Euripides identifies the injustice of gender roles, he also declines to blame external forces for all displays of evil actions. Ultimately it was Medea’s choice to kill her children but Euripides shows that striving for social injustice can become an excuse for the loss of
Jeff Jacoby provides a strong argument in “Bring Back Flogging”, suggesting that we should adopt a few of the punishments of the Puritans. This argument is built on logical appeal, emotional appeal, and his own personal credibility as a writer. Providing statistics and information, Jacoby creates the logos, or logical appeal, and ethos, or personal credibility. In Addition, he uses ethos, or emotional appeal to force the reader to think about what they believe is morally worse. In “Bring Back Flogging”, Jacoby says Puritan forefathers punished crimes with flogging, including whipping and branding; however, in current times we tend to put a person in jail, no matter the crime.