Foremost, the distinction of each character 's motives are that Antigone 's derive from a personal injustice, while Harrison 's motives stem from his disillusionment with the societal hierarchy, and his concern for all those within that society. In Antigone 's case, the decree that her brother Polyneices was to be posthumously dishonored by being denied a burial and left as carrion for scavengers was a personal transgression against her family. This is why Antigone is quick to ask her sister Ismene to support her cause. The personal nature of Antigone 's vendetta can be gleaned when she tells Ismene, "He is my brother. And he...
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...y in defence of their own morality. The acts of rebellion depicted by each character encourage the reader to defend their principles no matter how severe the consequences are for doing so. By becoming a martyr for her beliefs, Antigone claims her unjust death will be imprinted in the memories of everyone when she prays to her Gods, "You will remember what things I suffer, and at what men 's hands, because I would not transgress the laws of heaven" (Sophocles 1020). Contrarily, Harrison 's brief moment of victorious celebration is immediately forgotten even by his own parents the moment it is terminated, leaving little doubt that Harrison 's bravery failed to shake anyone from their adherence to authority or their illusory equality. In the end, Antigone was able to achieve her goal despite her death, whereas Harrison died before he could bring his vision to fruition.
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