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”.
Furthermore, Feminist Criticism provides a better view of literature because it shows that women can be powerful. When Emilia finds out that her husband has been plotting an evil plan she says,” Tis proper I obey him, but not now”(Othello V.2.195). Emilia refuses to help her husband after she finds the cruel intentions he has despite the expectation of women always being submissive to their husbands. Women also have a voice and feelings, they are capable of defying their husbands commands when they know what he expects is simply wrong. In a literary article,The Role of Women in Othello: A Feminist Reading states that,” Society weighs heavily on the shoulders of women; they feel that they must support the men and defer to them, even if the actions of the men are questionable” (Literary Articles).
Ismene’s unwillingness to participate in the burial of her brother, demonstrates her compliant and submissive disposition towards men and authority. “We are only women, we cannot fight with men, Antigone! The law is strong, we must give into the law. In this thing, and in worse” (Sophocles 46-49). In this sense, Ismene is the character who contracts with Antigone because both of them have very dissimilar views about the power of men over women.
(Sophocles, 16). This showed how strongly she felt she had the right to bury her brother and she did not care what the repercussions would be; even death. A great example that portrays how women were belittled during this time is when Creon is talking to his son Haemon. Haemon was trying to stop the death of these woman and Creon replied with “Don’t flatter me with “father, you woman’s slave”.
Antigone looks at herself as equal to men or if anything higher than men, while Ismene thinks women are inferior to men. In the Greek tragedy “Antigone”, Antigone learns that King Creon refuses to give a proper burial for Polynecies, brother of Ismene and Antigone. Antigone shares this with Ismene, she refuses to help Antigone bury her brother and thinks the decree that Creon has implemented are for everyone’s safety and well-being.
Topic Sentence: To begin, Medea’s lets her emotions overcome her when Jason leaves her to marry Glauce the daughter of King Creon. Context #1 (1-2): Jason has just abandoned Medea and his two children for Glauce in attempt to greater his wealth and status. Medea questions herself if she was a good wife to him that he would leave her for a princess:
Aleyn reduces her value, making her an undesirable woman for marriage since chastity is desired more than an experienced woman. Afterwards, Symkyn is punished by the wife and two scholars because he fails to control his women and is inevitably isolated with manhood. Unluckily, Symkyn cannot withhold social statuses or break down social barriers since he cannot maintain authority. John and Aleyn are worshipped in the tale, because they were able to hold their power, despite their lesser
The sleeping and the dead/Are but as pictures. ' Tis the eye of childhood/that fears a painted devil. If he do bleed, I’ll gild the faces of the grooms withal, For it must seem their guilt.” (2.2.52-57). As a result of unrestrained ambition Lady Macbeth has gone senseless, she is blaming the murder of King Duncan on the innocent servants.
Is it better to be a dead hero or a forgotten bystander? In Antigone, one of Sophocles’ three Theban plays, the actions of Oedipus’ daughter Antigone take center stage. After the death of her brothers, one of whom fought against Thebes, Antigone defies both the decree by Thebes’ leader Creon and the wishes of her sister, Ismene, to bury her treacherous brother in accordance with Ancient Greek funeral rites. Once captured, Antigone is sentenced to death and ultimately hangs herself, as her fiancé and his mother both kill themselves out of grief. While the central conflict is the contrasting ideals of Creon’s loyalty to his city and Antigone’s to her brother, Ismene is oft-forgotten as the mild, weak, cowardly sister whose only purpose is to attempt to dissuade Antigone from her ideals; however, her role as foil to Antigone’s domineering recklessness only
(Act 5, scene 2, page 3). Here he states that if his wife have any kind of sins or something to confess is the time, but there will be nothing that will change his mind or thought about her. He is going to kill her anyway. Othello furious and blind by jealousy is no longer able to think: in the last meeting with Desdemona, Othello accuses his wife of treason with Cassio and deceives her by saying that her alleged lover died.
While Friar Lawrence was explaining what happened he said “But, as it seems, did violence on herself”(V.III.264). Juliet killed Romeo by pretending to be dead and she helped Romeo feel sad and pushed him to commit suicide, thus, killing them both.
I killed her” (241) and when she torments herself with thinking that she is unlovable. Lily even describes that her words had “broke open her heart” (242). This shows how captive Lily is over her mother because, despite loving her life at the Boatwright’s house, she can still move past the death. Lily’s suffering increase after finding out that her mother had willingly left her behind with T-Ray and begins to question why? It even makes her thoughts sink deeper into depression,“it was easy for her to leave me, because she never wanted me in the first place” (252).
This extraordinary woman who stood strong in what she believes refused to surrender her seat to a white male passenger, once said: “You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right” (Rosa Parks, 1955). The story of Antigone describes a strong woman who stood up against the cruel dictator and doing what she thought that was right, showing an example of how women can stand up against authoritarian men. Antigone rejects the Ancient Greek view of a female character which is that a woman cannot defend herself and shows the reader an example of a strong woman by refusing to be under the influence of men’s power and defending her beliefs. Antigone rejects being controlled by Creon and speaks up to defend herself.
Some actions are justifiable, while others are not. Antigone is a tragedy by Sophocles written in 441 B.C. as the third of the three Theban plays. The protagonist, Antigone, defies the law of man, placed by King Creon, by burying her brother Polynices who was decreed a traitor. In the play, most of Antigone's actions are justifiable because the intentions are dedicated to her family and following the law of the gods over the law of man.
Ideas on justice and law within Jean Anouilh’s Antigone as representations of the roles within Vichy France during the years nineteen forty to nineteen forty-four In response to critic Hubert Gignoux, Jean Anouilh stated that; ‘‘The rest of my life, as long as God wills it, will remain my personal business, and I will withhold the details of it.’’ This ambiguity that shrouds Anouilh’s personal life encapsulates his political beliefs. The vagueness of Anouilh’s Antigone enables people to make their own assumptions on its social messages and stances, and which roles are being depicted by which character. This essay will examine how characters’ standards of law and justice represent the roles within Vichy France during the start of the nineteen