Nearly everyone experiences the feeling of love. Whether it’s for another person or for food, almost everyone feels love during their lifetime. In the play Antigone, the writer, Sophocles, illustrates a very important fact regarding love: love is our most important and most dangerous motivation for doing anything, and without moderation, love can be deadly.
In Antigone, unmoderated love is prevalent throughout the play, and it is best demonstrated in three main characters: Antigone, Creon, and Ismene. Antigone has a very strong love for her brother and the gods, Creon has an extreme love for power, and Ismene has a deep love for her sister, Antigone. Each of these characters suffers greatly because of this love, and as a result, they all suffer dire consequences.
At the beginning of the play, Antigone is upset about a decree Creon, the king, made (190). The decree states that her brother, Polyneices, was not allowed to be buried, because Creon believes that Polyneices was a “traitor who made war on his country” (211). Antigone has a very strong love for her brother and the gods, therefore she believes Polyneices deserves a proper burial according to the laws of the gods (192). Antigone says to Ismene that she [Antigone] will go against Creon’s decree-which states that if anyone buries Polyneices they will be killed (190). Antigone is extremely angry with Creon for creating the decree, to the point where she decides to make a big deal about the burial, instead of lying low and doing it in secret (192). Antigone even tells Ismene to “Tell everyone!” that she [Antigone] buried Polyneices when everyone finds out, and not keep it a secret-although Ismene doesn’t listen (193). Antigone’s decision not to do the bur...
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...y strong love for her sister, Antigone. When Creon arrests Antigone and Ismene, he accuses Antigone and Ismene equally of burying Polyneices (209). Instead of denying the crime, Ismene amazingly says “I am guilty” (212). After Antigone informs Creon that Ismene’s words are nonsense,
Ismene remains firm and asks to be given the same punishment as her sister (212). Ismene’s love for her sister causes her to change her true ambitions and request a death penalty. Although this request is not fulfilled, Ismene demonstrates exactly how dangerous love can be if it is left uncontrolled.
Sophocles demonstrates a very important and serious idea throughout the play: Love can be extremely dangerous if it is left uncontrolled. Antigone and Creon meet
tragic downfalls because of their love for something, and Ismene nearly meets a tragic downfall as well, but Antigone saves her.
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