Oscar and Wilde have plays that take place in which men are the ones with the power however, they both show that women can be strong to even if it means taking that power away from the men. Antigone risks her life; exploiting courage and bravery in burying her brother. Her actions are what separate herself from women like Ismene, which defines her as a person standing up against a man for what she believes in and not just a woman. Both Gwendolyn and Cecily share similarities where they find themselves attached to their fiancés; desiring for both love and passion while unaware to the consequences. Women have more power than they think and it only depends on whether or not they have the will to take that power from their male
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Justice is an underlying idea that humans revolve around. It is our sole concept that constructs how we think and behave. Justice creates morals and therefore how we judge those around us. If we didn’t have justice, our society would be in chaos and completely unruly. When identifying what is just, there are quite a few traits that can be clearly spotted.
What is worth mentioning in Sophocles’ play is that he not only showed the weak side of women but also the strong ones. For example, Ismene is the traditional role of women in ancient Greek—coward, fear of men power and feeble. For Ismene, "we must remember we were born women, not meant to strive with men" (Antigone). She even chose to die with Antigone while hearing her sentence, for she was afraid that she would be alone, she could not be able to fight against Creon, this men-dominant society. In contrast, her sister Antigone presents the “women power”.
The excerpt above from Antigone basically states that a good man is one that swallows his pride and fixes his mistake. Pride is an emotional feeling that stems from a persons satisfication of his/her own achievements. In July 1, 2015 a dentist/hunter from Minnesota killed a belevoed lion named Cecil in Zimmabawae. Cecil was approxiametly 13 years and and the dentist Walter Palmer paid his guide about 50,000 in order for him to lure the lion and kill him. Cecil was tracked, shot and killed with an arrow, he was also skinned and his head was removed.
In an excerpt from Antigone by Sophocles, the speaker, Teiresias is stating that a good man is one who makes a mistake, recognizes it, and corrects it. Also, the opposite of a good man is one who knows they have made a mistake yet fails to correct it because of their pride. The Mayor of New Orleans, Mitch Landrieu recently spoke about why the statue of a Confederate general is being taken down. Landrieu says “We still seem to find so many excuses for not doing the right thing. Again, remember President Bush’s words, “A great nation does not hide its history.
Pride can be one of man's strongest qualities. In Sophocles' play, Antigone, the Theme of pride becomes the cause for destruction for both Creon and Antigone in the play.. Creon's Pride blinds him to the injustice he commits against Antigone and the gods. Antigone's pride leaves her no choice but to be killed because of her beliefs. They Both automatically surrender to their own hubris and demonstrate how uncontrolled pride leads to personal downfalls and destruction in Antigone.
Role of Women in Ancient Empires Throughout the modern world, we mention the concept of equality between men and women and try to equalize their positions in society. It is illogical for women to ask and try to prove that they are equal with men because equality is something that are already given to humanity, but contradicting the role of women by men is what created the gap between them. By looking at history, we can say that accomplishing that goal of making their position equal is not easy.
Gender roles play a significant part through ought the play Antigone due to the fact that men are treated on a higher scale than women. Sophocles portrays women as people with no rights nor freedom. Antigone is on a destiny for burial rights of her brother Polyneicis. Gender roles are expressed throughout the play Antigone by disrespecting women and men having power and freedom.
Being a person with a high authority, has control and with that amount of power comes responsibilities a they have to deal with . Power has a negative effect on people because it can affect how they see themselves in relation to others. In the play Antigone, King Creon, someone who likes nothing more than to feel superior than others, has an argument with his son Haimon over the injustice he is giving Antigone (Haimon’s lover) for burying her dead brother Polyneices in a respected manner. “ And the city proposes to teach me how to rule?”
Him putting Antigone to death because she went against his power clearly shows his feminism towards women. This also shows that all males had full power over society, economy, and women, which isn’t fair. Antigone displays her feminist qualities when she goes against the most powerful male, the king Creon. Her going against him shows her disrespect for Creon, her doing this and speaking like a male figure shows her push for equality between the sexes. Antigone throughout the whole play pushed for equality but she never seemed to get what she wants.
Women have always been portrayed as the weaker sex compared to men. It has been demonstrated in history itself and throughout literary works. Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Homer’s The Odyssey, however, portray women to be more powerful than men, even when their society thought otherwise and underestimated them because of their gender. Lady Macbeth, The Three Witches, Queen Arête and Penelope demonstrate the astute, charming, and ambitious side of women that was overlooked by men when it came to having power and making decisions.
It is well known that for much of history, females have been largely oppressed and given few rights, unlike the male gender. Traditionally, a women’s role in society was to be a submissive housewife and to raise children. In Sophocles’ play, Antigone, a young woman goes against the law to give her dead brother a proper burial, defying the typical role expected of a female during this time period. Antigone can be seen as a role model for women because she knows her own mind, stands up to her uncle, and sacrifices herself for someone she loves. Women during this time period were expected to listen to the men in society and follow their rules.
Antigone challenges this stigma in Ancient Greek society throughout the play. A man was considered more superior than women and had more rights in society. For example, Ismene admits to herself that women are oppressed and can’t fight with men.
Woman should be at home, raising their children, could not be brave or refute what men said and they have to be happy with their life of slavery and comfort. Contrary to all woman, Antigone was a brave woman. A women that did not shut up her mouth and challenge the autoritary men voice. She always was seeking for morally justice.
“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power”. Power is a significant concept that can be exemplified through someone having the courage to stand up to others, the influential aspects needed to control people, and the ability to maintain free will as an individual. Abraham Lincoln, in a position of power at the time, said that power can be used to “test a man’s character”. This may be true, however, his statement only referred to men and disregarded women altogether. Gender plays an important role in the development of power by creating opportunities or obstacles for those trying to obtain power.
People have many different reactions when given power. The reaction is usually either one where they use power for a greater good and to guide others in a better situation, or they can misuse the power given and take advantage of the circumstances or others to make themselves feel even more dominant and in command. In the play, Antigone by Sophocles one of the main characters , King Creon, abuses his power to take superiority of others and in an attempt to gain control. The misuse of power is more frequent than the use of power for the favorable, even in many current events.