Antigone denied nothing when she was accused. She has never learned to yield, is a comment on Antigone by the head of the chorus, Choragos on her unyielding attitude. In that sense her choice is transcendental for each of us, because it is linked to the good. In first-person point of view, the narrator involves him or herself in the story. She is extremely brave and believes that women and men are equal.
The themes conveyed in the play are ones that we as humans can relate to in our daily life: Pride is a sin and there is no happiness but in the submission to God. Spayde opposes this perceptive of the meaning of being educated. The misogyny in organized crime can also be translated from the Greek. For more on the parts of literary works, see the at the end of this section. This fact brings up another conflict.
To analyze something means to break it down into smaller parts and then examine how those parts work, both individually and together. In an era of strict cultural rules that curtailed women liberation, Sophocles created a character like Antigone which is a breakthrough in that age. I have read it like 6 times and never felt bored. He gives her an out by asking if she had heard the decree. The purpose of the chorus is to comment on the events of the play through song and chant. When the laws of the land are in conflict with justice, when Mother State is no longer the just mother, then acts which Power labels criminal and which in fact can become violent and revolutionary become not only just, but necessary. That final justice that rules the world below makes no such laws.
As in any debate, you also need to make sure that you define all the necessary terms before you begin to argue your case. A long-held tradition suggests that the popularity of Antigone lead directly to Sophocles's election as a general. Haimon tries to kill Creon and then kills himself. You might find yourself reading to get caught up in an exciting story, to learn about an interesting time or place, or just to pass time. Freedom requires that man act polemically, precisely in order to realize himself and a just society.
Later on, she is captured and faces Creon who is ready to spill her blood to preserve his honor. The prior on the other hand believes that no law or decree will stop her from burying her brother. You would see a cast of actors, all wearing masks. Well being for the people was very important to the cities leaders who used the wealth they recovered from the empire and its commercial operations to create and produce incredible public festivals for the people. If it fascinated you, chances are you can draw on it to write a fascinating essay.
The reason why bad things happen to Antigone and her family stem from a curse that was placed upon her grandfather, Laius. Yet, the conversation turns into a huge fight where Haimon threatens his father to take his own life. Such strong emotions create a sense of feminism, which in respects to the time of this play was outrageous and not accepted. The question, of course, is whether we as readers can determine her tragic flaw - that element of her character that will send her to her doom - and whether we can successfully identify her antagonist. Finally, always keep the overall effect in mind. Glossary of Literary Terms antagonist The entity that acts to frustrate the goals of the protagonist.
Antigone is a tragic heroine who believes in her duty to her family and is willing to sacrifice all things to do what is morally right. Even if your final assertion is that the novel depicts a cruel, repressive, and therefore harmful society, acknowledging and responding to the counterargument will strengthen your overall case. The setting of the story is in Spain around in 1927 and the place is a bar in s train station. I shall lie down with him in death and I shall be as dear to him as he to me. If you are asked to come up with a topic by yourself, though, you might start to feel a little panicked. Beware of the two killer words in literary analysis: interesting and important. Taking into consideration the name Zeus — supposedly the king of gods, it should be noted that this speech contains one of the five times where Zeus is referenced in the entire play.
Why is this topic important, and why is your particular position on the topic noteworthy? The lack of mention of his name could be a reminder to suggest that the tragic events in the play do not occur as a result of divine intervention, but rather a result of human mistakes. The brothers soon reach the suitable age to take over, but they continue to entrust rule to Creon, knowing that a curse seems to follow their family. This post is part of the series: Antigone Study Guide. It would also be a massive betrayal to his principles. That the role of Creon would be in jeopardy of losing his place would also play nicely in the organized crime genre because although family is important, it is not the only criteria for establishing power. Conversations hold the mirror as for the mindset of the people involved in the story.
He has leaded the reader from one maze into another leaving the audience dazzled by every twist and turn. She is terribly afraid to lose her life. This is an implausible achievement. Realizing his decisions were big mistakes, Creon is saddened. The main character of a work is known as the protagonist. She exists somewhere in a shadowy realm that contemporary men strain to understand.
Finally, Creon, unlike Antigone, has a moment of recognition in his actions and decisions, as proved in these quotes. Creon, with a little help from Choragos, admits his folly…too late. Antigone firmly believed that she and her sister were the final victims of a curse that was placed upon their family long ago. Soon, Haimon would run to his dad asking him to be reasonable and spare Antigone. Outraged, Antigone reveals to Ismene a plan to bury Polynices in secret, despite Creon's order. The chorus in Antigone is supposed to be a group of Thebian elders. She was not afraid, not even when we charged her with what she had done.