Essay about Antigone : The Conflict Of Masculinity Versus Masculinity

1056 Words Sep 15th, 2015 null Page
1. I think the main thing that motivates Ismene here is loyalty to her sister. I believe she continues to think that her refusal of Antigone initially is still the right course but she wants to stand by her sister because family was considered to be one of the strongest bonds in that time period and that is proven with fact that Antigone went to such extents to bury her brother so that he may achieve peace in the afterlife. I think Antigone refuses Ismene because Antigone cares for her sister and does not want her to suffer, especially for a crime that she did not commit. In this instance, Antigone’s refusal of Ismene is a showcase of her care for Ismene in the same way that Ismene showed her care for Antigone in rushing to her side in front of Creon and tried to take the blame.
2. To me, one of the most significant conflicts in the play is the conflict of masculinity versus femininity. Antigone is generally viewed as the protagonist and Creon is generally viewed as the antagonist and the clashing of gender is pretty obvious. Antigone, a woman, is stepping outside of the restrictions that society has placed on her by disobeying Creon’s orders to not bury her brother. Creon, a man, is trying to rule his dominion in an authoritative manner and therefore has to put Antigone in her place when she decided to go against his decree. On face value, the main conflict is between a man and a woman, but to me, the most significant conflict is the clash in societal gender roles.…

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