Antigone : An Athenian Male 's Judgement Of Antigone Essay
1282 Words Nov 30th, 2016 6 Pages
The presence of gender defined societal spheres within Ancient Athenian society promoted the creation of misogyny. Consequently, misogyny’s presence played a role in influencing a man’s perceptions of a women’s actions. Considering this, Sophocles’ raises a highly polarizing argument within his tragedy “Antigone” through motivating his audience to question their ideals. His audience can either support the upholding of burial rites or oppose a woman surpassing the boundaries of her gender roles and social status. An Athenian audience may have had difficulty choosing between these options because both, performing burial rites and enforcing societal norms, are highly practiced ideals. Creon’s reaction to Antigone disobeying his edict, showing pride in her defiance, and arguing her cause is righteous suggests a reflection of misogynistic Athenian male beliefs which produced harsh judgment towards women for practicing male aspects and going beyond their social status.
Incorporating male aspects into a woman’s role serves as the prime factor for a male audience’s harsh judgment of Antigone’s words and actions. In doing so, Antigone goes against societal norms, which, was viewed critically in Athenian society. An instance of Antigone’s development of masculine roles is evident in her argument towards her cause’s righteousness. In the context of the situation in Thebes, Antigone’s exclamation that “He has no right to keep…