" " " " " " Opposing Laws: A Study of Sophocles’ Antigone " In Sophocles’ play, Antigone, we see a struggle between two brothers deaths. According to Antigone, because human beings are forced to make difﬁcult decisions between opposing laws; divine law becomes the most valuable. Yet the issue of the play goes beyond that conﬂict and touches the universal conditions of suffering, religion, and loyalty to family." " " In the early stages of the Prologue (1-84), Antigone shows devotion to her family through the burial of her brother. According to Antigone’s own speech:" " " …Creon buried our brother Eteocles with military honors, gave him a " " soldier’s funeral, and it was right that should: but Polyneices,
She will be the man here” (519). This quote explains Kreon’s irritation on Antigone. The very moment Antigone buries her be loving brother’s body Kreon wants to take action with killing her because she disobeyed his law also Antigone’s sister, Ismene, because Kreon believes she was part of it too. Kreon believes if he does not kill Antigone he will no longer be one of the best rulers that people will look up too. This quote is important because it explains how Kreon begins to commit hubris.
As Antigone fights against the authority to bury polynecies she comes into conflict with her uncle, Creon. Creon decides that she is to be punished even though she is family. He also gives her a chance to say that it wasn’t her, but she takes pride in the honor of her brother, and pride in the struggle that she went through to stay faithful to her family. This leads to conflict between her and Creon which diminishes their relationship “I intend to give my brother burial. I’ll be glad to die in the attempt,-- if it’s a crime, then it’s a crime that God commands.” This is stated by Antigone and it is showing that she would give her life to stay loyal to her family and to give her unburied brother the proper
In addition to excessive pride, both fate and love play a role in the causes of the deaths of loved ones. These deaths were a result of contrasting beliefs; Antigone stood for what she believed in, and died for what she felt was right, whilst Creon, the powerful King of Thebes, established a law prohibiting the burial of Polyneices. This conflicted with Antigone’s beliefs, therefore challenging her uncle Creon, and showing disregard for his ruling of Polyneices denial of burial rites. This in turn, consequently resulted in the death of Creon’s son, Haemon, and his wife Eurydice. Throughout the play, conflict of dissimilarity develops between the two protagonists, Antigone and Creon.
He pressured her into drinking the concoction out of desperation. Lord Capulet wanted the best for Juliet but ended up playing a role in her death along with several others as well. Hasty decisions and poor choices resulted in a tragic ending. Romeo, Friar Lawrence, and Lord Capulet all played a major role in the deaths throughout the story. They contributed in a domino effect where one wrong decision results in a chain of
When the law is taken into the hands of each individual the people live in a state of lawlessness. Lawlessness and cycles of revenge undermine the civilization. This is Aeschylus’s main theme in his play Agamemnon. Aeschylus shows his attitude against war many times throughout his play when he makes references to lawlessness and cycles of revenge that cause unnecessary bloodshed. In Agamemnon, Aeschylus uses his characters to express his political opinion on war.
Macbeth’s ambition to become king, which is a position of great control over scotland’s affairs, causes him to lose control in his own life. In order to attain the throne, Macbeth commits murder, and the resulting guilt overwhelms and takes over his life. He becomes paranoid, and as he attempts to secure his throne by removing anyone whom he suspects to be a threat, he neglects Lady Macbeth, who had ultimate control over him so that he lost control in his life when Lady Macbeth distanced from him and died. Even at the beginning of the play, Macbeth had become submissive to the fate that the witches had prophesized for him, such that he did not account for the choices that he makes in life anymore and lost control. Macbeth becomes victim to guilt when he kills Duncan for the throne, and guilt then takes over his life, leaving him without control of his own behaviors.
‘Titus Andronicus is as much a political tragedy to do with the failed moral idealism of the hero’s idea of Rome as it is a domestic one about what happens to him and his family.’ Discuss. In his play, Titus Andronicus, Shakespeare portrays the situation around the downfall of Rome. He uses one family’s tragedy as a means of displaying the political turmoil and corruption of the Roman Empire. The play focuses on the family of Titus Andronicus, a famed Roman military leader. The conflict of the play begins during a struggle for the throne, which at its end only begets a period of corruption and betrayal.
Walpole, from an aristocratic family, a Member of Parliament and owner of an established printing press publishes this novel in 1754. In his literary guise as editor in the first preface, Walpole writes that the novel’s moral is “the sins of the fathers are visited on their children.” The sins Walpole is referring to are basically all related to usurping the Castle of Otranto. These hidden transgressions thus culminate into violence, murder, and deception, in an attempt to secure the castle without being a rightful heir. As a result, the forces of supernatural retribution begin to manifest in fearful apparitions. They serve as warnings to the villain Manfred, who is the king of Otranto.
Sophocles' play Antigone and the 1990 film Mr. and Mrs. Bridge both display how Antigone and India Bridge try to do good, but are victims of the male hierarchy around them. Sophocles' Antigone is a Greek drama about the daughter of Oedipus. The play begins with Antigone and her sister Ismene having a conversation outside the palace. They talk about how their brothers Polyneices and Etecleos killed each other fighting for the throne. Antigone explains that the new ruler, Creon, has given a proper burial to Eteocleos; however, Polyneices will not receive a proper burial because he was a traitor.