12 March 2023
Blinding Pride Everyone exhibits loyalty to ideas or people. It is nearly impossible to go through life without being devoted to something, even if only for a little while. When people demonstrate devotion or loyalty, they typically take pride in whatever they support because they think it is worthy of their devotion. People today take pride in their beliefs, but so did people a long time ago. In the play Antigone by Sophocles, the story follows Antigone, the niece of Creon, the king of Thebes, as she supports her beliefs. Antigone’s brothers Polynices and Eteocles were recently in a war against each other, Eteocles fighting for Thebes, and Polynices taking people from Argos to fight against Thebes. …show more content…
In Antigone’s case, she becomes so focused on bringing glory to herself, she abandons her loyalty to the gods and their power. One of the first examples of this is when Ismene tries to help Antigone by taking some of the blame for burying Polynices, she bites back saying, “Who did the work? / Let the dead and the god of death bear witness!” (Sophocles 610-611). Antigone only includes the god of death, Hades. Throughout most of the play, Hades is the only god she acknowledges. It seems understandable for her to be loyal to him because when she dies, Hades will be the one who rules her eternity, but while she is alive there are other gods with power over her life and the world she lives in now. She calls on the god of death to watch and help her when she broke the law, but by breaking the law, specifically Creon’s law, she also goes against Zeus’s law because he holds the title of god of justice. By this logic, Antigone treats the gods the same way she treats her family: only some of them are important to her. In addition to this, as Antigone goes to the cave, she compares herself to the goddess Niobe, saying, “But think of Niobe--well I know her story-- / (...) / a rocky death like hers puts me to sleep” (Sophocles 915, 924). Antigone claims to understand what Niobe what through because she says she goes through the same thing. She elevates herself to the level of a goddess, which not only remains untrue but blasphemous. She essentially claims to be as important as a goddess, but she has no right to claim that about herself, especially because no evidence presents her as any better than the regular person. She is still mortal, she is punished for breaking the law just like everyone else, and she does not have powers of any kind so why should she be able to compare herself to a goddess? The
In Sophocles’s tragedy “Antigone”, loyalty is a big part of the story. Creon voiced loyalty to his people by keeping his word on the his laws. Antigone expresses loyalty to the family by giving her brother, Polyneices, a proper burial. She also would rather die than leave her brother unburied. She is able to truly defend her ethics to the King, Creon.
Because of this, it shows the audience Creon's pride in his decision making. Comparing Antigone's reverential faith and Creon's pride and self-assurance, a clear contrast can be made, Antigone’s faith leads her to do things against Creon ’s rule due to her beliefs, while Creon implements and enforces these rules due to his self-assurance. In conclusion, Antigone is a major foil in the Greek tragedy of Antigone against Creon due to her unyielding religious faith, causing her to go against Creon, and Creon’s exceptional self-assurance, causing these rules to be made and punishments to be carried
Throughout the play, Antigone is established as a veritably religious existent, most specially when she states to Creon, “ Nor did I suppose your edict had similar force that you, a bare mortal, could stamp the gods, the great verbal, imperturbable traditions. They're alive, not just moment or history they live ever, from the first of time, and no bone knows when they first saw the light ”( Sophocles 82). Antigone expresses that not only does she find Creon’s recently established law cruel and unwarranted, but she also claims that indeed if his law was indigenous, it can no way trump laws established by the gods. While Antigone constantly defies against Creon, the current sovereign of Thebes, at no point in the play does she ever misdoubt or defy the gods, whom Antigone defines as her true autocrats. Antigone recognizes that the gods are almighty and each- important, which is why she eventually values godly law over civil and mortal law because she recognizes that no matter how numerous or what kind of laws Creon establishes, godly law will always triumph because the gods have power over any mortal leader.
Having witnessed the demise of her family due to horrible curses and fates, she knows that reverence and adherence to the Gods will comes before any earthly pursuits. The tragedies of her father, mother, and brothers has left her extremely dedicated to family, and to the Gods. When questioned by Creon, Antigone justifies her action “Your edict, King, was strong, but all your strength is weakness itself against the immortal unrecorded laws of God. They are not merely now: they were, and shall be…” (2.208) Antigone justifies that there will never be a higher authority than that of the gods, and that the laws of the gods are paramount to anything. She reveals that she finds honoring the gods more important than her life, and accepts her death at the hands of Creon.
Regarding how the acceptance of her fate evokes emotions from the audience, it evokes both pity and admiration. Audiences may feel pity for her tragic death, as it is unjust that she has to accept and face death for only performing a sacred custom, which is considered necessary to perform for the dead. Additionally, audiences may admire her at the same time for her bravery in performing sacred custom for Polyneices despite being sentenced to death. Although it appears that her stubbornness and loyalty cause troubles, Antigone actually does the right thing by obeying the divine law of the god and giving respect
She does not always succeed and has a downfall. “Look upon me, friends, and pity me”. Antigone was sentenced to death for what she has done but holds her pride. She gave her brother the proper burial he deserved but suffered in the consequences of death followed shortly after Creon found out she was the one who did it.
Antigone's actions are driven by her belief in the importance of burying the dead and honoring her family, regardless of the consequences. Her loyalty and courage make her a sympathetic character who stands up for what she believes in, despite the risks.
More than any other character in Sophocle’s plays, Antigone shows an inordinate sense of pride and willpower. Antigone’s brother Polynices was killed in battle against the king Creon. Creon’s orders forbid anyone from burying Polynices after the war because he feels Polynices was a traitor to Creon. Antigone disagrees with Creon, however, and buries her brother’s body properly to be received by the gods. Each is certain of their own integrity; they each believe in the rightness of their position.
In the tragic play Antigone by Paul Woodruff, he conveys loyalty to have a horrible effect on characters in the story. Loyalty is being shown through ANTIGONE: “But I will bury him, and if I must die. I say that this crime is holy” (Sophocles I. Prologue. 192).
and Creon says that she is boasting barefaced anarchy but Antigones says, “I should have praise and honor for what I have done. All these men here would praise me”(Sophocles 828). Creon is angry that Antigone knows what she has done and she doesn’t care and feels like what she is doing is the right thing to do and the around here would agree to that. As also observed in this quote Antigone again reveals how she is a tragic hero by illustrating that she is responsible for own actions. When Antigone showed these characteristics she showed how she is a tragic
Antigone’s actions are motivated by her allegiance to her family, moral conscience, and religion amid Creon’s political injustice and tyranny. Antigone’s actions motivate her to demand Ismene to prove whether she is “a true sister or a traitor to your family” (26-27). Antigone maintains loyalty to her brother despite his actions which threatened Thebes. Her inability to bear the thought of her brother’s corpse being picked apart by animals and not being honored with proper funeral rites forces her to act. Antigone’s fierce allegiance to her family is laid bare as she is willing to sacrifice her life to honor her brother and defy the law in an act that she believes is morally just.
The Broken Mirror of Loyalty Antigone, a classical Greek tragedy by Sophocles. One of the most common ideas expressed by the play is loyalty and dedication, primarily pertaining to the characters Antigone, Creon, and Haimon. Loyalty is conveyed by Sophocles as twisted and abstract. Creon’s pride clashes with his self-proclaimed devotion to the state, while Antigone’s ideology of honoring her family conflicts with her sister.
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.
This core value influences Antigone into burying her brother so he can have his pride. The first quote by Antigone states"Creon buried our brother, Eteocles, with military honors, gave him a soldier's funeral, and it was right that he should, but Polyneices, who fought as bravely and died miserably. " which shows that Polyneices deserves the same as Eteocles. This proves her core value because she is trying to influence Creon into giving her brother pride and honor with a burial which is what he deserves. This also influences Antigone because she tries to persuade Creon and when he denies she decides to try to bury him herself.