Sophocles’(496-406) second most famous play Antigone contains many contrasts. According to G. M. Kirkwood, “A contrast between Antigone and Creon lies at the heart of the drama can be taken for granted” (118). In the story, Antigone wants to bury her brother, who fought bravely and died on the battlefield, but to do so would be to break the law since her brother fought on the side of Argos, the enemy of Thebes. Creon, her uncle, who has become king, represents the law. Although she cares for and respects her brother, her conscience will not let her disrespect her brother.
She is placed in such a dilemma by her father. He wants her to marry Demetrius, as he promised her to him. If she accepts, she would not be able to marry Lysander her true love. The consequences of not doing this is either she is “to live a barren sister all [her] life” or die. In my opinion, it is better for her to follow her father’s will.
The play ‘All my Sons” by Arthur Miller focuses on the themes of loss, guilt and the past revealing itself in the present. In this scene, Miller reveals that Kate and Ann feel very differently about Larry. Kate, as Larry’s mother, refuses to believe that he has died and needs other people around her to feel the same to give her feeling credibility, whereas Ann has come to terms with his death and, although expresses sadness and has a nostalgic attitude, feels ready to move forward with her life. Kate is driven by emotions regarding her feelings for Larry and Chris is determined for her to face up to reality. However, her sons death is something she won’t accept due to the implications it might have, displaying that she is trapped in the past.
The meaning of this stanza could be that she would rather look upon the face of her lover than see the chariots of battle. Unlike men, who according to Sappho, who would much rather go to war than be with their lovers. The evidence to support this statement is implied through other Greek poetry, such as Aristophanes’ Lysistrata. In Aristophanes’ Lysistrata the tension between men and women is the main focus of the drama. The women are frustrated that their men are not being attentive to their needs, and the men are frustrated that the women are not meeting their sexual needs.
Beatrice is a prime example of one of Shakespeare’s strong female characters. She refuses to marry because she has not discovered the perfect, equal partner and because she is unwilling to release her liberty and submit to the will of a controlling husband. When Hero has been humiliated and accused of violating her chastity, Beatrice explodes with fury at Claudio for mistreating her cousin. In her frustration and rage about Hero’s mistreatment, Beatrice rebels against the unequal status of women in Renaissance society. “O that I were a man for his sake!
Dilemma of confusion of values in Aeschylus Trilogy Orestia represents 21st century’s confusion of values. Orestean trilogy- probably the finest work of Aeschylus,is full of confusion and complexity.we find this confusion among various social,moral and religious values. The events and situations which create confusion are mentioned below: 1.Agamemnon,the hero of the first play is going to wage a war against Troy for the recovery of an unchaste woman,Helen who ran away with Paris,on the orders of Zeus. 2.Confusion is present not only between human beings but also between various gods and goddesses.For example Zeus has ordered Agamemnon to launch a war against Troy but his ships are struck in the middle of the sea by strong opposite winds,sent by a goddess Artemis. 3.Agamemnon is caught between two choices.On one side Artemis demands the sacrifice of his daughter Iphigenia for movement of ships and if he does not sacrifice his daughter then he will have to accept retreat in the war and punishment from Zeus too.
She first kneels, begging him to share his secrets, and then stands up dramatically, stating, "Think you I am no stronger than my sex, / Being so fathered and so husbanded?" (2.1.295-6), and stabs herself in the thigh to prove her strength. Brutus capitulates to Portia, acknowledging her strength. In contrast, Caesar ignores and spurns his wife Calpurnia's warnings against attending Senate. At first, her dream of his death keeps him home, but Decius is able to convince him that this wife is silly in her concern.
Antigone supports the laws of the God’s in heaven and believes that if someone is not given proper burial rites after death, they will not go to heaven. Her religious views were very important to her and the love for her brother would ultimately sway her decisions to go against the law of the king. Creon’s laws and orders became very personal to Antigone, and she took offense and felt as if his law was invading her family and going against the gods. Antigone says, “…I will bury him myself. And even if I die in the act, that death will be a glory.
Antigone claims that Creon’s power to make laws should only apply to those of the living, his power should cease with regards to those of the dead. Antigone’s believes that one’s life in the underworld should be joyous because it is eternal, and if her brother Polynices does not receive a burial then he will doomed in the afterlife to endless unhappiness. Creon does not dispute Antigone’s right to her own personal interpretation of Theban religion, however religion’s subjectivity prevents it from ever having any ruling power over people; each individual has a different interpretation of what religion means to them. State laws, on the other hand, are completely objective and are simple to understand and follow. Laws bring clarity to a dysfunctional world; they are the bedrock of the city.
Consequently, he refers to her as “frail” (Act 1, Scene 2, line 146). It is apparent that Hamlet would have preferred to make decisions for his mother just because she is a woman. He does not trust her mother to make wise decisions even though she has been queen for quite some time. Ophelia, on the other hand, bears the brunt of male chauvinism as she is not allowed to choose for herself who she should love. Her father prohibits her from having a love relationship with Hamlet.