Antigone, By Sophocles And Antigone Essay

1405 Words Nov 18th, 2015 6 Pages
“I am not afraid of death; if it means death, It will not be the worst of deaths -death without honor” (Sophocles). Such in the case in Sophocles’ play Antigone, Antigone 's older brothers Eteocles and Polyneices fought for who would rule Thebes. In result both Eteocles and Polyneices die fighting each other, causing Creon, the King of Thebes, to allow burying only Eteocles, thus leaving Polyneices to be unburied. Anyone in the city of Thebes to go against his rules shall be killed. Antigone views Creon’s ruthless judgment unfair and unjust, as she believes that she should bury her brother Polyneices, thereby going against Creon’s rules. Antigone epitomizes fearlessness through her unwavering courage, ferocious bravery, and daunting boldness. Ultimately, it is this fearlessness that makes her meet fate.
Antigone exhibits unwavering courage when we first see her encounter with Ismene, but Ismene is the image of the women in Thebes, and Antigone represents who women are now. For example, she says, “I myself will bury him. It will be good to die, so doing. I shall lie by his side, loving him as he loved me; I shall be a criminal -/ but a religious one” (Sophocles 82-85). Here, Antigone knows that she could be a criminal, but she does not care about becoming a criminal. She perceives that all things should be done in the rightful way of the gods. Antigone feels as if her sister Ismene’s decision not to help her bury Polyneices is disgusting and revolting; although she loves…

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