Antigone is more heroic than Creon, she takes risks and she is brave. When her own blood brother is sentenced to eternal suffering by being denied a burial, Antigone decides to break the law and risk her own life for her brother; “But I will bury him; and if I must die” (1.55) said Antigone, all for the sake of Polynesis’s eternal rest. Creon, on the other hand has no heroic traits apart from wanting the best for the people; he humiliates Antigone and her sister in public. This value and importance Creon has for the people’s opinion is destroyed when the people protest Antigone’s death, and he does not decide to follow what the people believe. Gentlemen, I beg you to observe these girls: One has just now lost her mind; the other, It seems has never had a mind at all (1.150) said Creon.
Wargrave uses this poem in a way so that each guest killed dies in a similar way and in order to that of the Indian boys. For example, the last line of the poem reads, “One little Indian boy left all alone; He went out and hanged himself and then there were none.” The final guest to die is Vera Claythorne, who indeed does hang herself, leaving only Justice Wargrave alive on the island. There were several guests who did not deserve the verdict of first degree murder. An excellent example is Emily Brent. The girl she hired, Beatrice, became pregnant before marriage.
The drama reflects some similarities and differences between Creon and Antigone. The similarity between Antigone and Creon, her uncle and her king, is that both characters have strong wills. As an example, Antigone is so passionate in her act of burying his brother, Polynices’, she is determined to respect the god-given laws regarding the dead in Thebes. Creon is determined to enact and enforce his own man-made law. Antigone and Creon know the consequences of their actions if they fail.
If everything that happened in the play was due to fate, then everything that happened would have a reason, would it not? Well then, what is the reason for Mercutio’s death? The feud was between the Capulets and the Montagues, and Mercutio was part of neither family. Mercutio had nothing to do with the feud, and yet he was murdered. His final words are particularly moving – “A plague o’ both your houses” (act 3, scene 1) – as they are condemning both families (Capulet and Montague) because of the feud that ended his life.
Antigone’s tragic flaw is that she is too passionate and strong-willed for her own good. She insists on burying her brother, Polyneices, even when the king forbade it. When asked why she ignored his demand Antigone replied, “I dared. It was not God’s proclamation” (783, 64-65). Antigone is telling Creon that rather than listen to his man made laws that she would rather follow the higher authority of the God’s.
Antigone: Moral Law vs. Political Law In the Theban play Antigone one of the central themes is the fight between what the state finds to be immoral or wrong and what an individual believes is the right thing to do. In the play, Antigone buries her dead brother and gives him funeral rights which the king, Creon, has decreed a crime. This conflict makes us question what power the state should have over people’s lives, what should be done when one believes a law is unjust and how far personal beliefs should be taken in making or changing laws. We find the author hinting at democratic ideals over the monarchs that were common in his time.
Haimon tries to reason with his father Creon, but Creon is blinded by his own pride. Antigone accepts her fate and kills herself. Haimon, Antigone’s fiancé, takes his own life too and joins her. Creon realizes he must free Antigone, but he realizes it too late. In Antigone, the Gods were mentioned throughout the play; in fact, the play was greatly influenced by the Gods.
Then Gertrude, his mother, marries his uncle, Claudius, only months after his father’s sudden death, which compounds Hamlet’s pain. He loathes her and laments: “Let me not think on’t! Frailty, Thy name is woman” (i.ii.146). He retreats into a spiral of misery and suicidal thoughts and is unable to separate his emotions from any semblance of rational thought. He does not reveal his feelings to anyone, which again, sets the stage for what is to come.
Orestes had to leave his country, while he was wandering he received oracle from Apollon. Then he came back to make revenge of his father. His sister Electra helped him to kill them. He came into the house of Aegisthos with disguising and killed Aegisthos and Clytemnestre. Then goddess of revenge couldn’t accept it, he had to escape from them.
Claudius also married Hamlet’s mother, Gertrude, soon after he killed Hamlet’s father. In the beginning of the play, every character is unaware of Claudius’ sin and it is not until Hamlet’s father appears to him as a ghost that Hamlet thinks that Claudius could be the possible murderer of his father. Claudius’ sin is the foundation of the play because it is a domino effect for all of the other instances that take place throughout the play. Claudius’ sin, in addition to Hamlet’s actions towards vengeance, are responsible for fueling the debate between critics on whether or not Hamlet is considered a morality play. After reading three literary criticisms by different authors, the concepts that make up a morality play such as the importance of a character to regard human morality when making a decision, the three stages of morality and the revelation of an important message to the audience, are all evident in the play Hamlet, which qualifies it as a morality play.