Women In Antigone

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Alfaro 1 Jennifer Alfaro Ms.Bulich Puente English 3-4 3-10-13 To Break or Not to Break? Throughout the history of ancient Greece, women were supposed to obey men, and agree with everything they said and did. However, in the play Antigone by Sophocles, Antigone goes against the beliefs and breaks the powerful tradition of male domination. Eteocles and Polyneices, sons of Oedipus and brothers of Antigone, fought for control of Thebes and killed each other, making Creon the new king. King Creon lets it be known that Polyneices was a traitor and should not be buried; Eteocles only should be honored for fighting as bravely as he did to protect his city, but Antigone defies the King’s order because of the values she holds. She is caught, and…show more content…
In addition, the loyalty between Antigone and her brother is unbreakable. Antigone knows the risks that will happen if she buries her brother, so she takes her sister Ismene outside the city walls to discuss her plan. Antigone says, “To give my brother a burial. I'll be glad to die in the attempt,-if it's a crime.”(P.70-71), which means that she is not afraid of anything and is prepared to do whatever it takes, even if it means to die trying, respecting her brother’s spirit so he can be at rest. Antigone is justified in burying her brother because no person should have to rot in the sun and be eaten by animals. Antigone is staying loyal to her family and the gods. Some people may believe that Creon did the right thing by sentencing Antigone to be buried alive. Furthermore, he is the king and his laws should be followed no matter what. However, Creon makes all of his decisions on his own and in pursuit of his professional goal of strengthening his power. The decisions that he makes are bad ones that hurt his people, as well as his own reputation and family. Creon says, “Who is the man here, she or I, if this crime goes unpunished?”(2.82) This quote is an example of how stubborn a king with that much pride can act towards his own family. Therefore, Antigone had every right to disobey the king and follow the divine
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