Antigone Questions

  1. Fate controls the people, no matter what the case, people are always affected by fate, in which the Messenger says that “no man can foretell his Fate” (p. 34). This is shown when Creon exclaims, “fate has brought all my pride to a thought of dust” (p. 38).  As I would say, one does not simply “fight with destiny” (p. 32), if one to mess with his fate then it will cause consequences such as in Oedipus, it is shown in many Greek plays in which many people try to mess with fate.
  2. The great soul in Antigone would be Creon, he is put to the test when his niece, Antigone, tries to defy his law by having her sentenced to severe punishment. However Teiresias exclaims that he, “shall pay back corpse for corpse, flesh for your own flesh” (p. 31). This is proved true later in the story in which Creon caused Haimon’s death in which, “his own hand has shed his blood” (p. 35); Creon has to face the fact that by sending Antigone to die by natural causes he also caused the death of Haimon. To make matters worse by revealing the death of Haimon to his wife “her heart welcomed the knife her own hand guided… and her last breath was a curse for their father, the murderer of her sons” (p. 37); now that the Queen is dead Creon has lost sense of emotions, in which the Priest says that Creon was “late in learning it” (p. 36).
  3. Antigone affirms life by showing that in some way or manner a civilization keeps moving forward even though there has been death everywhere, although Creon wants to “let death come quickly” (p. 37) and never “see the sun again” (pg. 37), the Priest insists that “we, meanwhile, have much to do. Leave the future to itself” (p. 38). This clearly shows that even though the Queen “welcomed the knife her own hand guided” (p. 37) and Haimon “driven mad by the murder his father had done” (p. 35) are dead, the Priest persuades Creon to keep ruling his kingdom until the day of his death.
  4. Sophocles  “breaks the mold” of a strong female figure by showing that Antigone was willing to give a proper burial to her other brother even though Creon declared that “Polyneices is to have no burial, no man is to touch him or say the least prayer for him” (p. 7).  Sophocles also shows that Antigone that is “not afraid of the danger” (p. 4) this affects other women like the Queen who “welcomed the knife her own hand guided” (p. 37), and Ismene who tries to share Antigone’s fate but she says that she “belong to Death” (p. 16); whenever Antigone is talking with Ismene she says that “it will not be the worst of deaths-death without honor” (p. 4), she’s portrays a strong female figure due to her determination of burying her brother, Polyneices.
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