Antigone 's Character As Describe By Aristotle 's Possession Of Virtues

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Antigone’s Character as describe by Aristotle’s Possession of Virtues
In Sophocles’ tragedy, “Antigone,” the title character could be seen as fulfilling Aristotle’s three criteria for a virtuous action as he lays them out in Book II of the Nicomachean Ethics. Antigone does, apparently, know how to perform the correct burial rituals (thereby fulfilling the first criterion), she clearly chooses the action and chooses it for the sake of her brother (which seems to cover the second criterion), and, given that the text tells us that she has performed burial rights for all of her other deceased family members and that she seems to be consistently passionate about burying Polynices , she would appear to be doing it from, as the third criterion states, “a firm and unchangeable character” (Bk. II, Ch. 4, par. 2). However, given certain of her statements in the last few speeches that she makes in the play, one could also make the case that she does not, in fact, fulfill the last of these three criteria and, consequently, does not really act in what Aristotle would consider a virtuous manner, after all.
In order to establish this claim, we should first examine exactly what Aristotle means by “acting from a firm and unchangeable character.” This explains about an outstanding man, who is doing an action that is proceed from a “firm and unchangeable character”, is mainly, part of Aristotle’s way of solving the dilemma to his own opposing ideas against his own theory about how habit brings…

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