He did not want to bury his own nephew, he wanted to kill Antigone for burying Polyneices, and tried to kill his own brother because the kingdom had a curse on it. He had too much power and needed to calm down and think what he was doing. Antigone knew that this was the right to do and did without being afraid or sorry for it. She was helping Creon, Ismene, and the community, and they did not realize that she was helping them until it was too
Antigone is last book in a play trilogy by Sophocles about the tragic downfall of a family. The play focuses mainly on Antigone’s conflicting motivations developing Creon as the tragic hero in the play, causing him to be greedy and power crazed and unwilling to take others opinions. This leads to Creon’s tragic downfall and the death of Antigone and others important to Creon. In the play Antigone’s motivations contrast Creon’s due to the difference in beliefs. Antigone’s motivations are that she believes both of her brothers deserve to buried and that the gods would agree with her and get to decide where his soul goes.
In the book it was stated that Antigone felt very strongly about burying her brother no matter what Creon said. In the text after the play it is written by senior editor Paul Moliken that “When Creon Forbids the burial of Polyneices, he is denying Antigone the opportunity to perform one of the most significant duties that Greek society allowed for women. Thus, he is attacking her identity, and that is a part of the reason she opposes his orders” (Sophocles 67). This is significant because it shows why Creon was
In the classic play by Sophocles, Antigone is a tragic story of the bold Antigone who defied her uncle, King Creonʻs, edict by burying her brother, Polyneices, who died attacking the city of Thebes, trying to take the power away from their brother, Eteocles, who refused to share the throne with Polyneices. Even though Antigone knew that going against Creon and burying her brother would not end well for her, she still choose to risk her life to do what is right. After being caught breaking the law, Antigone is appointed to be locked away, isolated in a cave until she dies, but she hangs herself at the end. At the same time, things for Creon are not looking good, as everyone around him seems to be against him in his decision for punishing Antigone. Everyone Creon cares about kills themselves from a curse that is put on Creon for not following the Godsʻ laws.
They had to share the crown of being a king and one brother did not like that. The loyalty of the brothers was gone when they killed each other by putting their family in the situation ruling in the death of Antigone. The new king also had loyalty issues as he killed his sons, Haemon, fiance causing Haemon to kill himself and then Creon's wife and Haemon's mother to kill herself leaving Creon lonely. The reason for Creon to be unloyal is because although Antigone went against the law, she was indeed his family and it just shows that Creon’s loyalty and beliefs are above the belief that he should be loyal to his family. Creon’s loyalty did not lie with his family and that is simply shown by the death of Antigone.
In the story, Antigone, Creon, the king, established two decrees in the land of Thebes. The first decree is nobody should bury Polyneices and the second, Antigone and her sister, Ismene, be put to death. Antigone, Polyneices sister, performed an act of civil disobedience by burying her brother with full knowledge she would die. Although Ismene didn’t commit the crime, she still wanted to be punished. Ismene said, “But now I know what you meant; and I am here to join you to take my share.” As the story progresses, the effects of Creon’s decrees result in rebellion, unhappiness, and death.
Her lie then backfires; she tells the court that John never had any relations with Abigail after John had already confessed to his sin. She takes blame for the affair when she tells the court “...But in my sickness...I were a long time sick...I thought I saw my husband somewhat turning from me...” (1260). This change could be for better or worse, better because she became a more loving, understanding wife but for worse because she takes the blame for something that a woman should never take blame for because it was the man’s choice to
In this play the main themes include revenge, justice, deceit and fate, Clytemnestra kills her husband as revenge for sacrificing their daughter and his infidelity, while ironically she also was having an affair, she feels her actions are justified and the chorus of elders are swayed to believing her so many ethical strands have become tangled by the tragic history of the family of Atreus. The next play in the trilogy, the libation bearers, takes place about seven years after the events in agamemnon, orestes the exiled son agamemnon has returned ins secret by the commandment of Apollo, he comes back with vengeance as his sole purpose, Apollo’s oracle tells him that if he doesn’t carry out this quest, he will be served horrible punishments.
In The Lamb Slaughter by Roald Dahl, the author implies pretense between a family. First, Patrick, the husband is not true to his marriage and cheats on his wife stating that he will, “give you money and see that you are taken care of”. When the wife hears this, she kills Patrick and lies to not only the police, but also herself that she was not the murderer. In this story, Roald Dahl seems to ironically suggest that you should always be true to yourself and to others or else there will be consequences.
The importance of this reference is to show the contrasting differences between heroes; whereas Thesus did not honor his word and instead used Adriadne and later left Phaedra who loved him, Odysseus was a man who was loyal to his wife and eager to return to his family. The deceitful woman whom he encountered was Epicaste; she was the mother who married her son, Oedipus, after he killed his father. The significance of this particular woman is to compare and contrast what Odysseus has in terms of family as compared to others who have gone before him. When his mother appears to him, she encourages him by telling him of the loyalty of his wife and the state of affairs of his family. Comparing the actions of his wife to those of Epicaste serves as another means of encouragement as this story depicts her as loyal and well worth risking all to get back to and be with.