Embedded Assessment: The Foil of Tragic Hero Creon Foils are characters that contrast with one another to highlight particular qualities of those specific characters. Tiresias, the blind prophet of Thebes, functions as a foil throughout Sophocles’s Antigone, by telling Creon he is doomed and will not be able to escape fate. In the Oedipus the King along with Antigone , Tiresias reveals unwanted truths about Creon and Oedipus. Although he is the blind prophet, his ability to “see” beyond the present, Tiresias first accuses Oedipus of killing his father in Oedipus Rex and proceeds to tell Creon in Antigone that his laws will cause more harm to his land and death to his family. However, instead of learning from Oedipus’s mistakes, Creon rejects
While Calpurnia relies more on superstition and signs from the gods to support her assertion, Decius relies on the knowledge that the crown appeals more to Caesar than message from the gods and focuses on a logical argument. Calpurnia states that the reason for her concern is that Caesar’s life may be in danger however this has little appeal to Caesar who does not fear death and knows that his fate lies beyond his hands as seen when he states that ‘Seeing that death, a necessary end/Will come when it will come’ (Shakespeare.II.ii.26-27). Decius, on the other hand, is well aware that Caesar is consumed in his confidence and believes himself to be untouchable. Playing on this Decius re-envisions the dream to make it seem as though Caesar has revived Rome. He also uses a variety of positive diction in addition to a praising tone to appeal to Caesar’s prideful nature using phrases such as ‘smiling Romans,’ ‘great Rome,’ ‘Reviving blood’ and ‘cognizance’ to describe how the dream sees Caesar and his rule to empower the Roman Republic (Shakespeare.II.ii.48-51).
Philo makes a point that you simply cannot measure the amount of happiness or pain man has to go through. Thus, you cannot conclude which they have more of, which Cleanthes mentioned in his argument. Thus, Philo says that since Cleanthes’ argument is based on improbable facts; Cleanthes is left to admit his argument on the compassion of a “Deity” is just as deprived as Demea’s. (p. 65). Following, Philo states that he will approve of all the arguments Cleanthes has presented thus far, because at the end of it all, Cleanthes cannot compile a working argument.
The divine command theory means that what is morally right is judged and decided by the gods. Socrates questions Euthyphro’s belief in pleasing the gods to be “pious” by stating, “They have differences of opinion, as you say, about good and evil, just and unjust, honourable and dishonourable: there would have been no quarrels among them, if there had been no such differences – would there now?” (119). Even though Euthyphro answers that “pious” must mean that it is pleasing to all gods, it is obvious that actions will mean different things to different gods. The gods then are different from the God now, and without a constant definition of “God”, Euthyphro’s definition of “piety” would not be the same in different cultures and not be a universal answer that applies to all. In the society in which Socrates lives in, the people’s moral values and thinking is dominated by the predisposition of the existence of the Greek gods.
Buggin out tries to start a boycott which if successful would effectively end sal’s business. Both sides tried to push their own views without seeing the others perspective. The right thing to do would have been for both sides to concede and negotiate for both sides to be happy or at least adequate. Because both sides were to prideful nothing beneficial happens actually the reverse. The butterfly effect comes into play This example shows that doing right thing is not just in black and white most of time theirs Gary in that as a society we must sort through to find what's
This is the quotation about Socrates explaining Glaucon and Adeimantus’ argument about what justice is. They believe that no one wants to be just as long as there are some rewards in return. However, when people unjustly act as much as they want, it only creates chaos that makes everyone suffer from other people’s unjust acts because doing unjust acts and suffering from unjust acts do not balance each other. In fact, doing unjust acts is worth much than suffering from unjust acts. Thus, people need to make contracts or agreements to balance its gap, and people obtain rewards from being just.
He speaks of it as above the gods, something which even they cannot control. This is visible when Antigone argues with Creon saying, “Do as you like, dishonor the laws / the gods hold in honor” (lines 91-92). The gods hold things in honor that are above them, thus natural law must be a binding force which holds the deities responsible. Throughout the play Antigone, Sophocles never mentions a particular god as the cause of Creon’s tragic situation. This indicates that the tragedies are a natural result of Creon’s blatant disobedience of the laws of nature.
This design does not show any social values but it does show political and war values. Through this work, the scenes that were depicted show the future of the Trojan war. This work does give us a window for understanding the past because it showed how people thought during that time and what they thought about the gods/goddesses and the causes of the Trojan war. This vase, however does not communicate any feelings that would have benefit others because it’s based on a
It is not just in the eyes of Creon, but Antigone is not concerned with the laws that man makes. She follows the gods’ laws and Antigone saw the divine laws of the gods to be much more important than those of man. This is her flaw. She does not obey authority and it will lead her to great consequences. “So go.
At the time of publication, Roman society relied heavily on the idea of various Gods and Goddesses in order to compensate for their lack of understanding of the physical world. Lucretius was opposed to this notion as he believed it encouraged false fears and irrationality. In reference to the suggestions of prophets, he says, “Only think what phantoms they can conjure up to overturn the tenor of your life and wreck your happiness with fear”. According to Lucretius, the belief in superstition results in hesitancy towards one’s own judgement. Considering the prevalence of superstition in Roman society,