Antigone By William Shakespeare 's The Prince And Sophocles ' Antigone

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Antigone actions against her uncle, King Creon 's edict, for burying her brother come from her religious beliefs in the laws of the gods being above all else and her inclination to protect and care for her family. Opposedly, King Creon 's actions stem from a need to maintain political stability in the kingdom of Thebes which has just suffered a trauma in the civil war between Polyneices and Eteocles, Antigone 's brothers. Though initially Antigone exhibits signs of wanting to die for her pure belief in her principles of the gods and her loyalty to her family, her desire transcends into an obsession for martyrdom fueled by a great sense of pride. Her incessant desire for death characterizes her as more of an narcissist than a pure martyr; showcasing a very volatile and self destructive side of pride. The argument presented by this paper, contends that Antigone’s actions though began with a noble purpose, flourished into a narcissistic suicide fueled by an uncontrollable pride. Machiavelli’s “The Prince” and Sophocles’ “Antigone” provide evidence that Antigone acted in favor of pride and had a desire for death.

On a purely superficial level, Antigone 's claim to be acting in favor of a loyalty to her family is apparent in her willingness to face death to protect the dignity of her dead brother Polyneices. But a clearer look at her actions highlights the fact that her actions were not in favor of her family, but rather a result of her inability to give her family greater…

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