The Tragedy of Antigone In the story of Antigone, Oedipus has already died, his two sons. Polyneices and Eteocles, left to contend for the throne of Thebes. In their contention for the throne, the two brothers slay one another, leaving Creon once again to be the acting regent of Thebes. With this power, Creon declares that Polyneices must be left to rot on the battlefield, the highest disgrace to any Greek. Antigone, daughter of Oedipus, is left torn between state of family, and in the end, chooses family over state.
Antigone asks her sister Ismene for help with the burial of her brother. Ismene then refuses to support her sister with her action and talks to Antigone about such reckless act of disobedience. With Ismene’s conversation, Antigone argues that the exposure of Polyneices’s corpse is not only a ludicrous affront to society, but a sin in the eyes of the gods. Therefore, she continues to bury her dead brother in open defiance of Creon’s orders. This is showing an act she views as her absolute moral right.
Her sister Ismene warned Antigone by exclaiming, "Sister please, please! Remember how our father dies: hated, in disgrace, wrapped in horror of himself, his own hand stabbing out his sight. And how his mother-wife in one, twisted off her earthly days with a cord. And thirdly how our two brothers in a single day each achieved for each a suicidal Nemesis.” This has already given Antigone the mindset that even the Gods are against her will. She is also up against a great foe in fighting that of Creon's edict.
Antigone’s pride is how she displays her loyalty to her brother and the gods this is the reason for her demise. She is so proud in her beliefs that she is willing to die for them, and she does. Her lack of humility when confronting Creon leads to her tragic end. If Antigone had been humble and not so strong willed when confronted by Creon she would still be alive and could be celebrating her wedding to the king’s son. If Creon and Antigone had not been so proud and stubborn with their beliefs, they may have had the opportunity to strike a compromise and not have gone to their tragic demises.
Her father’s disapproval of the Moor causes her to remind her father that “Othello is her husband; and just like her mother showed to him, she will put her husband over her father’s beliefs” (1.3.183-186). Her pure judgment of others seeks to see the good in others so much that she becomes oblivious to Othello’s jealousy disputes. Her blindness of truth causes her to lose her life due to false accusations that Iago embedded in Othello’s head. Even while on her death bed, she refuses to admit to her friend Emilia that Othello is her murder. Desdemona is, “at once the property and an angel of selflessness… that looks forward to the bourgeois age and to its conception of women” (Rose.284).
He proclaims that the body of Polyneices, Antigone's brother who fought against Thebes in war, would be left to rot unburied on the field, “He must be left unwept, unsepulchered, a vulture's prize....” (ANTIGONE, Antigone, 192). Antigone, enraged by the injustice done to her family, defies Creon's direct order and buries her brother.
As a result of this terrible destruction of a man’s life and his family, the reader would consider the gods guilty and evil. The gods followed four steps to destroy Oedipus completely. First, they controlled his fate and led him to murder his father, and marry his mother. They provided people with the power of prophecy to make Laius and Jocasta give away their child. Not only that, but Apollo’s oracle told Oedipus about his terrible fate that involve his parents to make him move to Thebes.
Despite the fact that her brother, Polyneices, attacked the city, Antigone still loves her brothers equally. “His own brother, traitor or not, are equal in blood,” (pg.766 line 110). Antigone enrages Creon by refusing to admit Polyneices fault. Ismene tries to take the blame with Antigone but Antigone refuses her help. “Yes, save yourself, I shall not envy you.
Creon 's Hamartia: Pride, Prejudice, and Tragic Fate A man 's world indeed is depicted in the ancient Thebes of Sophocles 's Antigone. After the bloody civil war, the new controlling king, Creon, decreed the outlaw of the burial of Polyneices. Polyneices was a traitor of the state and leader of the civil war against Creon. His law against the burial greatly contradicted Greek religious law. Antigone rebelliously decided to bury her brother in spite of the law.
Clytemnestra, the Queen of Argos, is lacking the power to prevent her daughter being used as a sacrificial lamb to the gods. The misery she felt when her husband, Agamemnon, sacrificed their daughter was immense. So immense that it led her to murder, for she thought that Agamemnon “thought no more of it than killing a beast” in order to conquer a city and “sacrificed his own child, our daughter, the agony I laboured into love” (Aeschylus, 162, 1440-1443). The intense emotions of agony and hatred that Clytemnestra feels for her deceased daughter, in a way, gives her the motive to cause her to do the things she did. However, in Cassandra’s case, she accepts the situation that she is given.