Antigone Essay

622 WordsJan 2, 20133 Pages
The main characters of all Greek dramas are usually alike in some ways and different in others. Medeс, by Euripides and Antigone by Sophocles are Greek dramas, and so the characters, Antigone and Medeс also have similarities as well as differences. By comparing and contrasting these two characters, we gain more knowledge about their motives and ambitions, and as a result, we can more easily understand their behaviors. By doing so, we also obtain a better insight concerning what basis each one comes from. Although the goals, irrational behaviors and personalities of Medeс and Antigone are what make them alike, their motivations, actions and destinies are what separate them. Antigone’s goal is to obtain justice for her brother, but since she is stubborn and irrational, she cannot fully complete her purpose. Antigone is a loving person, who’s objective is justice for both of her brothers. She is someone very fond of the meaning of family and she doesn’t feel right when one of her brothers is ordered to be left out and be eaten by animals. She wants to give her brother eternal, but the state doesn’t allow it. Even though she is eager to fulfill justice, her irrationality forbids her from doing so. For example, when asked by Creon if she admits to her part in burying Polyneices, she replies, “I do, I deny nothing.” (II, 55) She acts very bigheaded, but she is not one who should do so since she is a women living in a male dominant society, and because her confessing can cause death for her. Her personality is another reason why she cannot accomplish her goal of justice. Even though she is a women, Antigone believes herself to be someone very important and dominant, and, she thinks she is smart and strong enough to go out a disobey the state law and burry her brother. Her love towards family, emotions and stubbornness overcome Antigone and cause her to do what she does.

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