An Unfair Treatment Of Women Essay

1051 Words Jan 7th, 2016 5 Pages
In ancient Greece, there was often times an unfair treatment of women simply based off of because the gender they were born. This is portrayed in the play, Antigone, but it kind of bends the roles of women as well. In Antigone, women are seen as vulnerable little creatures. However, there are two different lights on women in this play, but in the end they are definitely looked down upon in their society. King Creon is strongly opinionated on his stance of the power of women. He says, “Die then, and love the dead if thou must;
No woman shall be the master while I live” (lines 522-524). Unlike her sister, Ismene does not stray far from society’s roles that have been built for women. She often talks about how women are not meant to be doing the same things as men and how they should not do certain things because it is not what they are supposed to do. Antigone on the other hand does not settle for that; she defies the roles of women. Ismene is talking about how women need to be passive and need to stay put, they are worth less than men, and that they are weak. Women in Antigone are supposed to be very passive and need to do what their men tell them to do. King Creon makes it very clear he does not want a woman to tell a man what to do and they need to stay clear of any instructions given by women. He exclaims, “We must maintain authority and yield to title to a woman 's will. Better, if needs be, men should cast us out than hear it said, a woman proved his match” (Lines…

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