Polynices Essays

  • King Kreon's Compromise In Antigone

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    Throughout Sophocles’ tragic play, Antigone, main characters King Kreon and Antigone dramatically argue without compromise over the recently deceased brother of Antigone, Polynices. Antigone, while attempting to mourn for her family, symbolically buries Polynices, going against the King’s decree (93-100). Out of anger, and an effort to establish his power, Kreon sentences her to an undeserving death just because she decided to respect her kin (441-496). In this case, I sympathize with Antigone more

  • Creon's Influence On Antigone

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    do. Throughout Antigone, Sophocles reveals that Antigone is very devoted to her family and the rules of the gods. Polynices attacked Thebes because he wanted to take the throne away from his brother Eteocles, but the fight ended with their lives being taken by each other. Creon, now the king, declared an edict that stated that Eteocles’ body should be buried honorably, but that Polynices’ body should be left unburied on the plain in which he died. Antigone flouted Creon’s edict for she believed in

  • Honor In Sophocles Antigone

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    brother Polynices, against the laws of Creon, which was to let Polynices body be left unburied above grounds, to be eaten . Antigone believes that she has to do what is right because the laws of God is more important to her. Honor is worth dying for, because one chooses to do what is right and what will help others, even if it ends in a tragic repercussions. In the dramatic play, Antigone's brothers Polynices and Eteocles died while trying to defend their right. Polynices was

  • Internal Conflict In Antigone

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    and one of the brothers, Polynices, wanted to start a war with the kingdom because he wanted to be the main ruler. Polynices and his brother Eteocles fight and they both end up killing each other. Their Uncle Creon, who takes position as King when they are both killed, decides that only Eteocles will have a proper burial and Polynices will be left to rot. Antigone, Polynices and Eteocles sister, thinks that Creon’s decision is unfair and takes upon herself to give Polynices a proper burial. When their

  • Pride And Justice In Antigone

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    tragedy, Antigone, the play unfolds by Antigone obeying the laws of the gods, instead of the law of the city. This tragedy incorporates the main recurring themes of pride, justice, and fate. Enraged by the idea that she cannot bury her brother, Polynices, Antigone goes against Creon and does what she feels is just and right by her brother. Antigone’s decision to follow the god’s law is the correct one based on moral thought. Antigone not only did right by her brother’s death, but followed her decision

  • Ethical Issues In Antigone

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    law throughout the story of Antigone. If not obeyed, religious law is determined by fate, while human law is determined by the king, adhered to or not. “But Polynices, just as unhappily fallen- the order says he is not to be buried, not to be mourned; to be left unburied, unwept, a feast of flesh.” When Creon made the order that Polynices was not to be buried, Antigone felt that she had to bury him so he could make it to heaven and stay

  • Aristotle's Antigone As A Tragic Hero

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    Aristotle describes a tragic hero as a man or woman of high standing who is capable of great suffering. He or she possesses many good qualities, but displays a single, fatal, character flaw which results in the character's downfall. Because of Aristotle's definition, Antigone would be considered a tragic hero. Antigone is a tragic hero first because of her high standing. She is the daughter of Oedipus and a princess of Thebes. Even after her father's death, she was still part of Theban royalty

  • The Chorus In Sophocles Antigone

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    “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely” said historian Lord Acton. In Sophocles’ Antigone, Oedipus the King of Thebes newly departs after disgracing his people, and his successors to the throne, Polynices and Eteocles die in battle, thus leaving his brother Creon to inherit his throne. From the beginning, Creon uses his newfound power to impose excessive punishments against not only the people of Thebes, but also his family. As a result, the Thebans recognize his abuse of

  • Burial In Sophocles Antigone

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    given an honorable burial and remembered pleasantly. Polynices, however, Antigone and Ismene’s other brother, was considered a traitor and condemned to a dishonorable death with no legal burial. Antigone and Ismene face challenges, mainly because of their contradictory beliefs, regarding the death of their family members, namely Polynices. In Sophocles’s Antigone, the two daughters of Oedipus, Antigone

  • Theme Of Family Loyalty In Antigone

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    save Antigone, as any other person would have suffered the capital punishment of burying Polynices. In both Sophocles’ and Anouilh’s version of the play, they prove that family loyalty is a deciding factor on the decisions they make and the actions they take as a result. It is because of their loyalties, Antigone and Creon forgo the safe choices. Antigone decides that dying for the punishment of burying Polynices is worth the honour towards her brother. Creon decides that Antigone is to be saved, even

  • Creon And Haemon's Symbols In Wizard Of Oz

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    In literature, a symbol has a variety of meanings the actions of these characters of course have an affect on that characters symbol. Haemon’s symbol may definitely be a heart since he not only showed compassion and sympathy for his father Creon, Haemon also died for his beloved Antigone. A heart is something of value and Haemon precisely fits this symbol throughout the book. Another symbol that could be presented is a hammer not just any hammer but those that are used in court. Justice and laws

  • Antigone Character Of Creon

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    In the play "Antigone" by Sophocles, Antigone rightfully decides to bury her brother, Polynices, but when the king, Creon, finds out, she does not repent for her actions. She is a woman that stands for what she thinks is right, which in this case is that Creon is wrong for condemning the burial of her brother. She shows braveness with her actions because not all people have the courage to risk their own lives so that their brother can rest in peace. For instance, Ismene states "What? You 'd bury

  • Ethical, And Injustices In Antigone By Sophocles

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    persuade others towards their goals. Antigone is a very fiery, determine character who tends to use emotional and logical appeals to help persuade others. In the story Creon the new king bans all people of Thebes from burying Antigone 's brother Polynices. Antigone sees this as unfair so they decides to do something about it. First she tries to persuade her more reserved sister Ismene to help her. Once Antigone starts to realize her argument isn 't working she asks, “A true sister or a traitor to

  • Sacrifice In Antigone

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    rites were performed. Antigone, the sister of Polynices and Eteocles, is aware of this and is not going to stand by and let her brother, Polynices, linger between worlds in pain, after being killed by Eteocles. With her ambition and determination she does the deed, and of doing so she follows the god's laws, but breaks Creon’s laws in the midst of it. Creon is also aware of the burial rites but still decides, through his stubbornness, that Polynices shall not be performed these rites, because of

  • Theme Of Free Will In Antigone

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    for their own actions. A story about a woman who follows her family’s fate by her own free will. In Sophocles’ Antigone, the theme of free-will versus fate is emplified by the family curse and Antigone’s goal in the play is to bury her brother, Polynices. However, it is forbidden to do so and the punishment for breaking that rule is death. Antigone was born into a family who appears to be “destined” to fail and to wither. Antigone seems to follow her ancestor’s ways of acting out and being a

  • Juxtaposition In Antigone

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    thinking and beliefs through the use of direct diction and juxtaposition. During the conversation between Antigone and Ismene within the prologue, Antigone, resolute and determined, proposes to her sister that they defy King Creon’s edict and perform Polynices’ burial. It is symbolic that this conversation takes place outside the palace boundaries similar in nature to the matter of discussion being “outside” the boundaries of the positive law. Through the quotation, “I’m forced, I have no choice – I must

  • Importance Of Creon In Antigone

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    She gives the audience a glimpse into women’s life in a patriarchal society. When Antigone insinuated the idea of burying Polynices, Ismene firstly does not understand Antigone. This is indicated in the phrase, "What work, What's the risk? What do you mean?". She is clueless since people in the ancient world never go against the law and especially women are supposed to be obedient

  • Pride In Antigone By Sophocles Greek Tragedy

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    When you are a part of a family there is an unbreakable bond between you and your family members. A sense of duty and responsibility to care for one another, watch out for one another, and never ever turn your back on your family no matter what. In Sophocles’ Greek tragedy, “Antigone” Antigone is the family member that has been given the choice, to be loyal to her family and what she feels is right or submit to the laws of the state and go against everything that she holds dear. Antigone is a tragic

  • Tragic Characters Of Irena And Antigone

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    demise, and their success within their respective roles is questionable because of their deaths. Antigone, the titular character of Sophocles' play Antigone, had to disobey her uncle Creon’s decree in order to please the gods and honor her brother, Polynices, who is seen as a traitor to the state. Although Antigone ultimately fulfilled her duty, she was arrested and ultimately faced a tragic death in the end. In her own way, she

  • Immorality In Antigone

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    In each discussed work, a specific party is wronged by the immorality of the set law. Beginning with Antigone, both Antigone and Polynices receive negative affects from Creon’s law. Foremost, Polynices is wronged by the law because it deprives his body of receiving a proper burial and mourning from his relatives, specifically Antigone. In return, the law also forbids Antigone of mourning the loss of her brother and