Essay on Antigone: a Study of Moral Influences in Society.

911 Words Nov 8th, 2006 4 Pages
Throughout time, man has feared the rise of women's power, and has taken great measures to avoid it. Whether it be not allowing them to vote, suppressing their calls for jobs, or even devaluing the significance of women in many religious groups. In literature we witness the same fear, reading between the lines at how the author created a character and the reaction of the public to her. The woman, in Sophocles' Antigone, is considered powerful but noble, and is met with fierce opposition from men in power, and even fellow women who feel she has fallen from her rightful place. It is difficult, however, to determine who is right and who is wrong, when it is all said and done.
Antigone, the seemingly victimized woman, has the power to stand
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Creon's decision, followed by all citizens and their families – including all the women – and Ismene's response to Antigone's threat provide a tense atmosphere and establish the author's feelings towards his character's motives.
Equally important is Creon's character, which creates a wonderful disguise. Though he seems to say intelligent things, Sophocles throws in arrogant clues that he is in the wrong, not Antigone. Torn between her duty to gods and her duty to Creon, Ismene, runs to the King to tell him of Antigone's actions, crying "O, not for me the dusty hair of youth, but let us now unto the palace go" ( Sophocles 456). But Creon simply ignores the information she has to tell; sure that no one would go against his laws. He is convinced that without a powerful leader as him, the city would surely be in chaos after the war, and refuses to let such a traitor have a proper burial. What he ignores, is that in the city, if a citizen walks past a body in the street without throwing earth on it, they bring guilt upon themselves. Such guilt has now been brought onto the city because of Creon's decree; another clue to Creon's blatant mistake.
Later, angry that a woman would defy his choice, Creon claims that when he is alive, no woman shall rule. Here again, we witness Sophocles' subtle hints that Creon is wrong in his decision. Yes, Creon is "protecting" his rule, his country and himself, but it is in the syntax that

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