Creon realizes that Teiresias has never been wrong and that he must do his bidding. She is not humble before her uncle, Creon, because she prioritizes the laws of the gods higher than those of men; and because she feels closer to her brother, Polynices, than she does to her uncle. In Antigone, she becomes the protagonist who drives the action. Creon makes the mistake of putting his personal views over and above the divine laws and fails in the eyes of the Gods. As the main character with strong values and a stubborn way, she follows the laws of god, without minding the consequences.
Antigone is considered the tragic hero because of the characteristics she shows such as her ambition to defeat Creon, Creon shows more of the characteristics clearly. It may be argued, however, that Creon, not Antigone, is the tragic character. While accepting the fact that Creon has misogynist tendencies, the gender issues can cause the pure argument of validity of actions, to fall by the wayside. I believe that Creon, king of Thebes, should be considered the main character in this work of Greek theater. A woman who defied the orders of the King to follow her heart.
Love and bravery for her family is a key factor for her determination to give her brother a proper burial. Even if you were really close to the person, would you go against the government's wishes? In looking at the contextual background of the playwright, the representation of the women within the play and at the imagined response of a contemporary and ancient audience; we can see that this play raises many gender and socially related issues. Another tragic flaw of the tragic heroine is something that she herself could have never helped. A tragic hero is the main character with tragic flaw, or a defect that leads to their downfall and the character is usually of high status. Antigone was treated the same way.
She was an agent of her words and took up the risks that accompanied to her deeds. His cool reason highlights Oedipus's hot temper. It is on of three tragedies written by Sophocles that chronicle the life of Oedipus. They are civil and religious. She shows immense loyalty and will power as she fights for her family name. This establishment is personified by her uncle Creon, who is newly crowned as the King of Thebes. The king Creon has several of the qualities that constitute a tragic character, but does not have all of the necessary necessities.
A wishy-washy leader can be a very dangerous thing in a time of crisis. A tragedy is defined as a play that contains dismal events and has an unhappy ending, it typically involves the downfall of the protagonist. Family devotion especially is a big thing. For this reason, there is no debate as to whether this story is a tragedy or not. Ismene was unsure if she would actually go through with the forbidden burial of Polyneices. In the twenty first century, people know that it takes a strong women to give her life up for the country, but ridicule is still common and there is often a preconceived notion of masculinity in any woman that does serve. She seems to change directions all throughout the play and there is never one point in which you know exactly what she will do because she is just that unpredictable.
The city of Athens was the center of intellectual and artistic life for most of the fifth century. Quoted from: Antigone by Sophocles, English version by Dudley Fitts and Robert Fitzgerald. Creon declares himself King of Thebes after the death of the two rightful heirs, the brothers Eteocles and Polyneices. The character is often chastised as a result of the information that he provides, as individuals practically… 1499 Words 6 Pages that you be treated equally to a man, but that you treat yourself equally to the way you treat a man. Now she's giving her life for her fallen brother. This essay examines that flaw and the critical perspective on it. When the seer predicts that Creon's course of action will result in the death of Creon's whole family, the paranoid king accuses the seer of having been bribed.
The Chorus is comprised of the Theban elders, vital for maintaining order in the city, and Creon summons them to win their loyalty. Antigone In the novels A Doll's House and Antigone, Ibsen and Sophocles respectively create two lead female characters, Nora and Antigone, who confront society's expectations of women in fundamentally different ways. Eurydice Eurydice is Creon's wife and Haemon's mother. In Antigone, Ismene's fear of challenging Creon and the laws of the state prevent her from sharing in her sister's bold plan and, ultimately, her fate. Many people do not expect women to enlist in the armed forces and they face a lot of criticism, when they should get praised. How's it going to look if Creon goes against the very first law he makes? Othello is so proud of his integrity and courage that he doesn't recognize his violent temper and his manipulability by Iago. It is this rebellious act and Antigone's determined loyalty to the memory of her brother that forms the spine of the play.
Her stubborn loyalty becomes her hamartia, her tragic error, and ultimately causes her downfall. Haemon's devotion to Antigone is clear; at her death, he is so distraught that he tries to kill his father and then kills himself. Antigone Antigone is both the daughter and the sister of Oedipus since he married his own mother. Tiresias attempts to tell Creon that the gods are angry with him because Creon rejects divine law. Just before she is led off to her death, Antigone mourns the life she is leaving by her own choice and even seems to regret her decision.