Essay on Antigone And Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 's Purple Hibiscus

1076 Words Dec 11th, 2015 5 Pages
When a person believes in something worth fighting for to the extent of going against authority, he or she risks everything, even their lives, but in doing so, they also risk leaving lasting marks behind. They risk changing the status quo of things and risk changing the lives of people around them, especially their loved ones. The great Spartacus did exactly this as he led a major slave uprising during the Third Servile War against the Roman Republic. Taking their inspiration from Spartacus, others at different times fought for their rights fervently. Pressing situations push people to rebel against authority; in Sophocles’ Antigone and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus, different characters rebel against authority.
Antigone and Jaja both rebel against authority in each of their situations. In Antigone, Antigone, the altruistic daughter of Oedipus, the former ruler of Thebes, discovers both her brothers, Eteocles and Polyneices, are dead after battling each other for power. Although Antigone’s uncle Creon, ruler of Thebes, allowed a proper burial for Eteocles, he issues an edict banning the burial or even the mourning of Polyneices, believing Polyneices to be a traitor. In spite of this, Antigone wants a respectable burial for Polyneices, and tells her sister, Ismene, “I am going to bury him. Will you, come” (191)? Ismene is terrified of Creon’s punishment should they be found out and refuses to help Antigone. Antigone is determined nevertheless, and affirms, “Creon…

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