A bloody civil war has erupted in Thebes. Each side is A recent attack by Polynices has left the city unconquered. Both Polynices and Eteocles have died, killed by each other. Outside the City gates, antigone tells Ismene that Creon has ordered Eteocles to be buried with full honors, while the body of Polynices is left to rot. Creon has said that any person who tries to bury Polynices will be stoned to death.
In Sophocles’s book ”Antigone”, He contemplates the Idea Fate vs. Free will. The characters in the splay battle with a great predicament that lead up to a twist at the end of the story leaving the readers shook and wondering .In Antigone,She is put in difficult situation where she could defy the king and bury her brother .Therefore leading her to be executed or she can be dishonorable to her beloved brother. She chooses to defy the king and at the end,we uncover her suicide.
It can be perceived that Ismene attempts to share responsibility for Antigone’s actions perhaps out of guilt. In the event of Antigone’s death, Ismene will have lost her entire family. In the opening scene, Antigone begs Ismene to help bury Polyneikes, instead Ismene declines saying that it is forbidden by the law of Kreon, king of Thebes. Ismene in lines 78 and 79 says “I am not free. I must obey whoever is in charge” later in this same scene in line 95 and 96, she can be quoted saying “how can I defy this city, I don’t have the strength”.
Aristotle founded the idea that all the best arguments have three key parts: ethos, pathos and logos. Translated from latin, this means ethical, emotional and logical. In the play Antigone by Sophocles, the characters frequently make use of these tools when attempting to persuade another character to conform to their beliefs and thoughts. Antigone tries to get her sister, Ismene, to help her in a crime that she believes is just. Haimon attempts to lessen Antigone’s sentence by lecturing his father about what it means to be a good leader, and the Chorus is just trying to help out anyone they can with wise words from a third party opinion.
Tradition is a theme found in both the short story “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson and the play Antigone by Sophocles. In both stories tradition is used as a tool to force people to conform to the “norm” of society. In “The Lottery”, the people of the town revolve around their annual lottery. Everyone is quick to help each other get ready for the event and also show no remorse for the end of the ritual. Nobody objects to the continuation of the lottery, although Mr. Adams brings up the rumor that a nearby village were talking about giving up the lottery but he was quickly shut down by Old Man Warner.
Aristophanes and Sophocles both wrote similar arts that have been studied over the years. Antigone by Sophocles and Lysistrata by Aristophanes are two works of art that have many differences but they both assess an important point at the end. Out of all the differences between both of these plays, the one I consider most important is how each play ends according to the type of style it is. Even though the main characters of both of these plays were women, in Lysistrata, both the women and (eventually at the end) the men praise her for her beliefs, while in Antigone, almost everyone goes against what she feels is right which results in her death. The reason why this difference between Antigone (tragedy) and Lysistrata (comedy) is most important
A tragic hero is defined to be a hero who, despite being virtuous and great, also possesses qualities that lead to their downfall. This downfall is often predestined and is a common theme in Greek literature. Antigone is the tragic hero in Antigone because of her bravery, but also because of the dangerous loyalty and stubbornness that lead to her downfall. Antigone is a tragic hero because of her headstrong loyalty to her brother and the morals of the gods, which leads to Creon’s retaliation and her downfall.
Antigone uses both emotional and logical appeals to persuade her sister, Ismene to go against Creon’s rules and laws, to help honor her brother giving him a proper burial, thus giving him a chance at an afterlife. There brother risked his life for others and Creon allowed one of the men to have a proper burial but not him so while Antigone was trying to get Ismene to help give him what he deserves she said “He is my brother. and he is your brother, too.” (Sophocles et al. 191) This is logically persuasive because it is usually common sense to help your family through everything and to do what 's best for them.
In Greek culture, it is a custom to bury the dead to please the gods. The Greeks also believed that when you don’t bury someone they will wonder the earth. Antigone wanted to give Polynecies a proper burial because it is right in the god’s eyes. She also wanted him to have an afterlife. She never lied to Creon when she was caught burying the body.
Laws have maintained the order and stability of society from old days of ancient civilization to today’s contemporary society. As law-abiding citizens, we allow the laws to be enforced through punishments and consequences; however, when these laws threaten ethical values and justice, they are challenged in a non-violent method known as “civil disobedience.” In Sophocles’ Antigone, Antigone challenged the political authority of Creon in a defiant act that related the struggles between her duty as a citizen of Thebes and her loyalty to her family. In “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” written by Martin Luther King, Jr., King protests racial injustices and systemic racism throughout the South and laments the need for civil disobedience to be used
Punishment Brings Wisdom In the "Allegory of the Cave", Plato formed a theory about human perception with claims that some philosophical questions should be answered. His theory is about human only gain knowledge through the senses. His theory was that the punishment of the prisoners brought them wisdom and truth to the one who eventually had an opportunity of going outside the cave. In the Sophocles Antigone, however, Creon's mistakes of putting Antigone in an underground cave because she went against his edict as the king and leaving the body of Polyneice's body unburied led to his downfall.
“Creon is not strong enough to stand in my way.” Antigone said this while talking to ismene about her plans to bury her brother. She is saying that Creon, the king of thebes, can not stop her from following her morals and burying her brother. Antigone is the daughter of oedipus who is also her brother. In the story antigone’s suffers the loss of both of her brothers, oedipus and polyneices.