Through our classes discussion and presentations of our interactive orals, we discussed the cultural context of Sophocles’ play “Antigone.” In our discussion my cultural understanding was developed about the role of women in Ancient Greece and how Antigone challenges those roles, and the importance the importance of proper burial . We also discussed the life of the playwright Sophocles.
Ismene trembles in feat because her life could also be in danger for being the sister of Antigone. Throughout all the family drama if Antigone dies Ismene will be the only descendant from Oedipus alive. Ismene is worried and says, “Antigone I am so afraid for you” (3) because she knows Antigone will die soon. Ismene tells Antigone to be intelligent about her actions and not eager to respond to situations.
This document served as the basis of Martin Luther’s movement towards a new church. In the church system that Luther was trying to correct there were many things happening that he considered to be against the bible. One was the indulgences. The indulgences were pieces of paper that were used by the church to “absolve” different sins. People bought this because they wanted to achieve salvation.
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. In Antigone, Antigone, Haimon and the Chorus use the appeals from ethos pathos and logos in their attempts
A Fight For What You Believe In “Tell me briefly- not in some lengthy speech were you aware there was a proclamation forbidding what you did?” Antigone’s words, actions and ideas differ with Creon’s character to the point of these two characters having clashing desires. The clashing desires cause the characteristics of controlling, worry, and bitterness that’s highlighted within Creon’s character. Overall, these conflicting motivations develop Creon as a tragic hero by his stubbornness and his pride is way too high and the conflict with Antigone and the battle between the “Laws of the gods” and the “Laws of man.” Antigone’s words, actions and ideas differ to Creon’s character because she does what is more right for the “Laws of man” in differentiation to Creon, he’s he believes in the “Laws of the gods.”
Then comes Antigone, the girl who thinks she has the right to act against the law. This poses a moral dilemma for Creon, as Antigone is his niece, the last of the descendants of Oedipus. However, Antigone makes the decision easier by explicitly taking pride in her actions and slighting his uncle. Her justification is merely that Creon’s law is not the mandate of her God, and that the burial of a family is more imperative than all else (500-523). When confronted by Creon with Polynices’ treacherous crime, she cannot put up any defense.
In ancient Greece, a common saying that all citizens had in their very core, a traditional Greek principle, was this: love your friends, and hate your enemies. This rule seems pretty straightforward and would appear easy to apply in real life. However, in the timeless play Antigone, Sophocles shows his audience a situation where this maxim does not apply. Sophocles concentrates on a complex story where the values and principles of the ancient Greek culture come into conflict. Religious or moral versus secular, family versus community, and living versus dead: all of these conflicting aspects are explored in Antigone. The drama Antigone places the culture of Greece on display by showcasing the many values that this culture held in reverence, including remaining loyal to family, honoring the dead, and honoring the gods.
The church was able to foresee the oaths. “…or to do injury to the churches of God or the poor or the widows or the wards or any Christian. But all shall live entirely in accordance with God’s precept.” He believed that if those were to follow God, their behavior and thought processes would be regulated. The church would allow peace and harmony between all.
“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. The king of thebes declared that oedipus was to have a soldier's burial but polynices was not to be buried and just left on the battlefield. Antigone decided that this decision made by creon was not fair and she was going to bury her brother herself, putting her life on the line in the process. Antigone has all the characteristics of a tragic hero. She is of royal birth, she has good intentions, and she
The Euthyphro is a dialogue between the Greek philosopher Socrates and Euthyphro, set in the court of King Archon. Euthyphro is a local townsperson known to Socrates. Euthyphro is a zealot, appearing before the court to prosecute his father on charges of murder. Euthyphro’s father killed Euthyphro’s slave after the slave killed the father’s slave. Socrates happens to be at court the same day as Meletus lays charges on him of atheism and demonism.
As King of Thebes, Oedipus unknowingly marries his mother, Queen Jacosta, and they have four children together. Oedipus becomes an arrogant tyrant, convinced that he rises nearly to the level of the gods because he was the only mortal who could kill the Sphinx and free Thebes from its destruction. The gods punish Oedipus’ sins with the horrific agony and humiliation that he wished on the cursed soul who killed the King Laius, not realizing that he himself was the guilty party and would suffer the curses he uttered. Both The Odyssey and Oedipus the King explore the vital existential question of how much free will humans have in their lives and what relationship the gods and goddesses have to the fate of human lives.
Jingjing Zhang Instructor Shay Tschirhart ENGL 1311L 31 August 2015 knowledge can be enriching and painful The dialogue “Allegory of the Cave” was written by Plato. His point is that humanity is ignorant about the true nature of reality. Once humans got out of the cave, they went into the real world; they can understand what reality is and get into true knowledge.
Their conflict has escalated to the point where Creon and Oedipus’ relationship has been temporarily cut. This characterizes the severity of their conflict, for in this setting, abandoning one’s kin was frowned upon. Oedipus’ suspicions can be expected of a king. Throughout history, there have been many instances of a relative of the king murdering the king and taking over. However, in this case, Creon does not intend to create Oedipus’ downfall or take over as king.
The state of most human beings is depicted in this myth of the cave and the tale of a thrilling exit from the cave is the source of true understanding. Plato has portrayed the concept of reality and illusion through the allegory of the cave. One of Socrates' and also of Plato's, chief ideas was that of forms, which explains that the world is made up of reflections of more perfect and ideal forms. In the Cave
Also, outside the cave realm, people were engaged in their daily work; however, a wall had been built between these two worlds and restricted the cavemen from seeing the world. They could only see the shadows of people along the wall and accepted those shadows as the reality (Plato, trans. 1997, p. 514b-515b). This masterpiece of Plato is one of the most famous and perceptive assay to illustrate the nature of reality. The cave stands for the state of most human beings, and the tale of escape from the cave is the origin of the true understanding. In this composition, Plato believes that the world is made up of two parts; the forms, and the reality.