Antigone's Reader Rsponse

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The choice between conformity and individuality is one of Antigone’s major themes that I can relate to. Ismene pronounces, “we must remember that by birth were women, and as such we shouldn’t fight with men” (Sophocles 288-289). In this quote, Ismene addresses women’s subordination to men. However, Ismene thinks highly of this fact. In fact, she tells her sister that she should not go against the new king’s wishes by burying their brother. While Ismene was okay with not doing what was right, when I was presented with a similar situation, I chose to do what was right, despite what was expected of me—unlike Ismene. In my own life, I was encouraged to participate in bullying by my friends. However, unlike Ismene, I chose to go against what was expected of me. For that reason, you might say that I am like Antigone. When Antigone states, “So be what you want. I’ll bury him” (Sophocles), Antigone decides to go against the law, and as a result, she is frowned upon. Like to Antigone, I decided not to participate in a shrill act despite the amount of peer pressure I experienced. I chose to follow what I believed in and stood up for an innocent person. Journal #2 According to Aristotle’s poetics, I believe that Antigone is the tragic hero of Antigone. Antigone exclaims, “And if I have to die for this pure crime…I am content, for I shall rest beside him…his love will answer mine” (Sophocles). In saying this, Antigone makes it clear that she is willing to die for what she believes in. This fatal flaw of Antigone’s eventually results in her inevitable death. For tragic heroes, death is indeed as inevitable as it was for Antigone. In the play, Antigone had two choices, either flee her State and be hunted down, or chose to stay and be executed. For tragic heroes, their tragic flaw, leads to their demise in which cannot be avoided. Antigone’s major flaws include her compassion

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