Morals In Antigone

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Sophocles, the Greek author of Antigone, used his work to relay messages about the many issues implanted within society. In his play Antigone, the tragic heroine faces the consequences of defying the law. She goes against her uncle, the king, and questions his authorities. Throughout the text, the reader is exposed to many different situations in which Antigone tries to justify and defend what she did. In the play Antigone, Sophocles uses the characters and the plot to show the consequences of solely following your mind and doing what keeps you safe in contrast with following your heart and doing what is consciously right.
In the play, the characters experience many internal consequences for their choices. For example, in the beginning Ismene,
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Unlike Antigone, who is impulsive and recalcitrant, Ismene is reasonable and obedient. In the Prologue of the play, When Antigone goes to tell share the news, her sister’s first response is “No, I have heard nothing”(Sophocles 1068). When Antigone tells her what she wanted to do, Ismene reveals her passivity and helplessness. She calls Antigone mad and using reason she decides, “ I must yield to those in authority. and I think it is dangerous business to always be meddling ”(Sophocles 1070). This indicates that Ismene followed her mind and choose to be safe from the rule of law. On the other hand, there was no law that could have stood in Antigone’s way of her strong consideration of her brother’s spirit, not even the risk of being punished to death. In the text, Antigone is found angry with her sister’s response and weakness. She claims, “But as for me, I will bury …show more content…
In Scene 4 when Ismene gets blamed despite doing the fact she did nothing, she agreed to take on the punishment and stay with her sister. Fortunately, she was stopped. As punishment for her actions, Antigone was placed in stone vault with little food. In addition, as she is being lead to her death, she expresses regret over not marrying Haemon. She was deprived of a future. On the other hand, because Creon was to late to change his mind, he lost his son as warned. Haemon killed himself after finding his bride-to-be dead. But before he does, he attempts to kill his father. Likewise, when Haemon’s mother finds her son dead, She also commits suicide and Creon is left alone to grief his deceased family. So even though, he may have seemed powerful and earned to the kingdom, he lost his family. This is when the quote said by President Jefferson becomes reality. In the text of the play if it wasn’t for Antigone’s resistance Creon would have never became a dynamic character and learned that the law of gods are greater than those of man. Tiresias, the blind prophet that states that, because of the incidents that have occurred “ the gods are deaf when we pray to them..Have no cry of comfort, for they are gorged with the thick blood of the dead..Give in to the dead man, then: do not fight the corpse.” (Sophocles 1098) This shows how similar to

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