According to the legal practice of classical Athens, Creon is obliged to marry his closest relative Haemon to the late king's daughter in an inverted marriage rite, which would oblige Haemon to produce a son and heir for his dead father in law. Socrates… 664 Words 3 Pages Antigone vs. She resists cultural, social, sexual, and political norms, as well as family ties, to act in a way that is congruent with her beliefs. It is not clear how he would personally handle these two values in conflict, but it is a moot point in the play, for, as absolute ruler of Thebes, Creon is the state, and the state is Creon. Eurydice will knit until the time comes for her to go to her room and die. Antigone is the girl who will rise up alone and die young. She plays a stubborn character.
As defined by this decree, citizenship is based on loyalty. She believes in continuing, by being a female, in continuing the family bloodline. Creon believes that Polyneices' body shall be condemned to this because of his civil disobedience and treachery against the city. Does Socrates want to live? New York: Columbia University Press. He had no divine intimation that his edict would be displeasing to the Gods and against their will. While he rejects Antigone's actions based on family honor, Creon appears to value family himself. The personalities of the two sisters; Antigone and Ismene, are as different from one another as tempered steel is from a ball of cotton.
Honor and a principled responsibility to gods and family are given equal weight in her self-defense. Moral obligation and commitment play an important role in the play. Crito came to visit Socrates in prison and tried to convince him or presented an argument that escaping from prison would be the best thing for him, his friends, and is family. Haemon enters and begs his father to stop the guards. First, Crito will loose Socrates friendship if he dies. Antigone believes in divine law and does what she thinks that the Gods would want her to do.
Creon howled for the slaves to remove the stones. Tragedy and Civilization: An Interpretation of Sophocles. The order he valued so much has been protected, and he is still the king, but he has acted against the gods and lost his children and his wife as a result. One, Eteocles, was given funeral honors, but the other, Polynices, was not. Antigone by Sophocles presented by Upstream Theatre at Kranzberg Arts Center in St. Beginnings are important to Heidegger, and he considered those two lines to describe primary trait of the essence of humanity within which all other aspects must find their essence. The platonic forms are the essence of the abstract; they are the purity and the true Good that are clouded by materialism.
Her intuition and strong will discourages her from listening to the power of the state, thus disobeying part of her family, to respect her immediate family. The best argument Crito uses is that he says Socrates would be betraying his children if he were to stay in prison. In Antigone, the hubris of Creon is on display. Personally, I am torn between the two ideas. The chorus is presented as a group of citizens who, though they may feel uneasy about the treatment of the corpse, respect Creon and what he is doing. He is crippled by massive hubris and he makes rash decisions without much thought as to their consequences for society simply because he has divine right to do so.
She hesitates to bury Polyneices because she fears Creon. Both Antigone and Creon claim divine sanction for their actions; but the prophet supports Antigone's claim that the gods demand Polyneices' burial. Antigone is another role model for the righteous citizen, and her example is particularly powerful because of her gender. For Creon, the fact that Polyneices has attacked the city effectively revokes his citizenship and makes him a foreigner. As Oedipus ages and experiences the consequences of his literal blindness, he develops the capacity for insight that is needed in a model citizen. However, when Creon refuses to listen to him, Haemon leaves angrily and shouts he will never see him again. Although she loves her brother, Polyneices, it is against the law to bury him according to Creon.
He had the prettier one brought in. From the opening of the play to the end, she has a clear sense of purpose and defends her belief in what is right, even when it means alienation and rejection from her family and society, and even when it portends death. Crito is trying to persuade Socrates on why he should escape the prison he was falsely put in. Having listened to the messenger's account, Eurydice disappears into the palace. In this story, Creon is the tragic hero. Oedipus takes on the act of finding out who the murderer of the king is but when all the evidence points to him, he cannot see it because of his arrogance. Later that day, the nervous First Guard enters and informs Creon that someone covered Polynices's body with a little dirt last night.
Crito presents seven different arguments for Socrates escape from prison. By not killing her directly, he hopes to pay the minimal respects to the gods. On this day, both brothers died. In the first two lines of the first strophe, in the translation Heidegger used, the chorus says that there are many strange things on earth, but there is nothing stranger than man. She is willing to be sacrificed as an example if it means that others will be allowed to live by their convictions, too. Antigone responds with the idea that state law is not absolute, and that it can be broken in civil disobedience in extreme cases, such as honoring the gods, whose rule and authority outweigh Creon's. Still, Creon stays commited to his punishment for Antigone.
Doubting the wisdom of her sisters plan to break the law and bury Polyneices, Ismene argues: We who are women should not contend with men; we who are weak are ruled by the stronger, so that we must obey. On the other hand, the works of ancient Greek philosophers like Socrates, and some eastern philosophies like Taoism have many of the same or common ideas and concepts. The Three Theban Plays: Antigone, Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Colonus. In this, he is like Creon, although he may be considered more benevolent by comparison. In the Crito, Socrates is approached by his life-long friend Crito while in prison awaiting execution. Upon Oedipus' death, it was agreed that each would take the throne from one year to the next.
Creon appears, and the First explains that Antigone was found digging Polynices' grave by hand in broad daylight. Of the Antigone is the third in order of the events depicted in the plays, but it is the first that was written. She vows that Polyneices' body will be buried, and Creon declares that anyone who interferes with his body shall be punished. Antigone insists that he cannot save her. Creon, the king of Thebes, has granted permission for Eteocles to have a proper burial, but not for Polynices. She faces the question of whether to be loyal to family or to government. Haemon, Antigone's dashing fiancé, chats with Ismene, her beautiful sister.