24 July 2016

Antigone - Passion, humanity and pride

Passion and humanity:

Antigone is a good example of human actions. She represents the role of women in society. She also believes in divine principles above power and authority of the state. Antigone has a great devotion when she declares that she will bury Polyneices despite Creon’s law. It is clear that Antigone is loyal to the memory of her brother and that she sacrifices her own life for her devotion. She says, “I will bury him myself. And even if I die in the act, that death will be a glory." Antigone is also loyal to the gods and the divine laws and not the laws of man. She fights to keep the family values by breaking state laws. Antigone prefers to die by her own hand rather than at the will of Creon. Though her loyalty and passion cause her downfall, her actions are still admirable. In fact she has many qualities of traditional Greek heroes such as courage and determination. In conclusion, Antigone is a powerful woman who stands up for what she believes in. Her fate can be seen as tragic mistake made for her passions to preserve family values.

Tags: human nature 


Pride:

Creon creates a law because he thinks it is divine.  In Antigone, no one can create a law that is equal to or above divine. When the Prophet tells Creon that he will suffer, Creon realizes that he has made a mistake, but he does not even admit it. Creon listens to his message only because he wants to keep his life. He fears that he might be punished. Creon says, “To yield is terrible.” For him it is very difficult to admit that he is wrong. In fact, Creon’s pride makes him turn Polyneices into a villain, though he has made the same crime as Eteocles. His pride also makes him feel superior to women. He believes he is insulted when a woman disobeys him. He says, "From this time forth, these must be women, and not free to roam." He orders that Antigone and Ismene shall be imprisoned until they are executed. It is clear that Creon is a tyrant who abuses his power as a ruler. In conclusion, Creon proves to be more blind than the prophet Teiresias. He is blinded by pride. As a result of his tyranny, he suffers the loss of his family as a punishment.

Tags: pride theme, creon pride

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