Civil Law v. Divine Law Sophocles' play Antigone examines the age-old conflict between divine law and civil law, including the life-and-death consequences of obeying one system over the other. The title character of Antigone believes divine law is the only legitimate, binding system governing a person's actions and their consequences. Viewing the civil laws of Thebes as unjust, Antigone buries her brother's remains in direct defiance of Creon's edicts that forbid such actions. She is completely shameless for her disobedience, stating "I did it. I deny nothing."
Antigone’s pride came from her respect for her family and honoring the gods and their divine law, while Creon’s pride was an arrogant trait. Tiresias, the blind prophet claims Creon will lose his family for the crimes of leaving Polyneices unburied. Creon later realizes his mistaken pride. For example, “Fate has brought all of my pride to a thought of dust (Creon, Exodus).” This quote reveals that Tiresias’ prophecy or fate had portrayed Creon’s downfall, yet still filled with pride, refused to admit to his wrong doing. After Creon’s family’s deaths, Creon’s pride crumbles as he realizes he was wrong in his actions.
Prospero delves into his past to his daughter Miranda. Prospero used to be in power and did not take responsibility for his own authority, he admits to ‘neglecting worldly ends’. He then says that his ‘false brother’, Antonio, had taken away his ‘dukedom’ due to his negligence. Miranda sympathises with her father, admiring his resilience, ‘Your tale, sir, would cure deafness’, proving her to be an earnest person. Surely heroic qualities do not include laziness, which is what the audience could depict from the tales of Prospero’s heedless actions in order to
Odysseus Essay Odysseus was considered a hero in ancient times but now he isn’t a hero, he is just a protagonist in the epic The Odyssey, by Homer. Odysseus was occasionally a hero but can also be selfish and non-hero like sometimes too. He is very inconsistent when it comes to doing the right thing, he did do what he thought was right but at times it was very selfish of him to do. He is a very complicated hero and has a bad sense of right and wrong because he does several abysmal things, such as purposely feeding his men to the monster Scylla, and aggravating an already enraged Cyclops, which shows his immaturity as a hero and as an individual. First, in various stories Odysseus is very contradicting to himself because he is only hero-like some of the time.
Antigone the Tragic Hero In the play “Antigone”, Antigone is the tragic hero because she comes from nobility, suffers from a character flaw and lastly, she has an unhappy ending. Antigone was a very courageous character in this story. She chose her faith over man’s rules because she felt like it was morally correct. Antigone wanted to obey and do right by the gods. Therefore, she went against Creon’s rules (man’s rules) and buried her brother.
"(376) The grandmother is talking about how the misfit is a good person, yet she knows nothing about the man except the fact he is a criminal and a murderer. The Misfit’s morals are completely different from the grandmothers. The Misfit will always stand by what he believes regardless of the situation. The Misfit believes that the outcome of anything is what he creates. When the Misfit says "Yes'm," smiling slightly as if he were pleased in spite of himself to be known, "but it would have been better for all of you, lady, if you hadn't of reckernized me."
He had fallen in the act of committing the most heinous crime of which a citizen could be guilty, and Creon, as the ruler of the state, naturally assumed that exemplary punishment was his rightful due. The decree became law, and as it was a law every citizen was forced to obey it. However to Antigone no obligation was more sacred in the eyes of the Greeks than the duty she undertook, which was to provide her brother with proper burial rights.
Set, your brother, is an evil man, who hates you and will do you harm (Osiris and Isis, 205)”. This proves that Isis knows Set is an evil man and she convinces Osiris not to go but he did not listen. Secondly, in the myth it states “Osiris, having no guile or bitterness in his own heart, believed others to be as himself, and with the words of confidence and cheer he tried to cast out the fear that troubled his wife; then, putting on his most splendid robes, he went in all trust and friendship to his brother’s banquet (Osiris and Isis, 205)”. This proves that even after Isis warns him about how Set will do him harm, he still goes. He fails to see the real truth about him.
Oedipus uses free will, although fate molds the result of the decisions he made. Oedipus is free and completely responsible for all the events that happen to him. The fact that Oedpius’ motives for killing his father, Laius, and marrying his mother, Jocasta, were unintentional, does not take away from the nefarious nature of the crime. When he rips his eyes out, Oedipus is accepts full responsibility of his acts and knew that he must be punished for his sins. Therefore, the last act of destruction was caused by Oedipus’ free will, but his fate came about because of the nature equivalent exchange – one must give in order to
Stanley has always had authority and control of his home and also his wife Stella. When Blanche arrives he feels that he is being invaded and doesn't agree with it. His "rat race" style of life doesn't match with Blanches but has somehow converted Stella. One of the main themes about conflict is that Stanley and Blanche are in a battle to win Stella and neither of them will give her up. Stanley’s intense hatred of Blanche is motivated in part by the aristocratic past Blanche represents.