Antigone is the protagonist in the story Antigone. She is a young girl who rises up against her uncle, King Creon to defend what she believes in. King Creon is seen amongst the society as a dictator and feels no one should go against his orders. One of King Creon’s orders is to not give Antigone’s brother, Polyneices, a proper burial because he thought Polyneices was a traitor. Antigone, however, chooses to bury her brother because in her heart she feels it is the right thing to do, knowing full well that Creon disapproves and has made it clear that if anyone attempts to touch Polyneices, they will be stoned in public.
Sophocles uses Antigone as a character who undergoes an irreversible change in judgment and as a result, ends up dying. Antigone is hero, and she stands for honor, and divinity. Because Antigone's parents were Oedipus and Iacaste, she was born into a family of power; something that she could not change. At times, Sophocles leads the reader into thinking Antigone wishes she was not who she was. Ismene, Antigone's sister, refuses to help Antigone because (as she states) "I have no strength to break laws that wer... ... middle of paper ... ...rmine the right of a character.
According to that line King Creon is doing something the god Zeus hates. After King Creon has made his chose on how the burial of Eteocles and Polyneices were to be handled, Antigone opposed it. Antigone strongly thought that Polyneices... ... middle of paper ... ...nored and buried properly. Antigone feels that all the other citizens have a similar belief, but are scared to get in trouble, so they keep quiet. Her own sister, Ismene, does not want to violate the laws (Sophocles 487).
Although Ismene declares that the sisters lack any power in the situation, Antigone insists that she will bury Polyneices, and asks for Ismene's help. Ismene states that though she loves Polyneices, she must abide by the king's decree. Ismene, unlike Antigone, fears death. She believes that there is nothing that she can do. She reminds Antigone that they are on... ... middle of paper ... ...assistance, resolves to give their brother a proper burial.
Antigone demonstrates her strength as both a character and a female heroine throughout the entire play. In the beginning of the play, Antigone and her sister, Ismene, are arguing about whether or not to defy Creon’s law. Antigone believes in the god’s law, which requires a proper burial, however, Ismene fears Creon so she wants to follow his law. Creon’s law requires no one to touch or bury Polyneices, if someone does, they will be killed. Ismene is trying to convince Antigone that they should just follow Creon’s law because she is scared and Ismene does not want them to get executed.
The second struggle Antigone faces comes when she realizes she is alone. Antigone confides in her sister Ismene with her plans to disobey Creon; but Ismene, a clear example of how a lady was obliged to be in this time, urges Antigone not to commit the act. Antigone rejects her advice and declares that Ismene is an enemy to her now (41): “If you talk like this I will loathe you, and you will be adjudged an enemy…” (109-10). Antigone must fight on her own. Thirdly, per Bobrick, Antigone
I will either kill them, or myself, or both.” This can explain Antigone’s excessive desire to bury her brother and even further be supported in lines 25-28 when Antigone challenges her sister’s loyalty. Aristotle himself said that a tragic hero should be neither better nor worse normally than a normal person. With that being said Antigone’s sister, Ismene, was in the same position as her. Originally invoking a sense of naturalism this changes with Ismene’s refusal to help bury their brother. The lack of support for Antigone’s plan leaves her no choice, but distances herself from her sister who obviously doesn’t share the same family loyalty beliefs as her (Lines 77-81).
At first Antigone asks her sister, Ismene to join her in the burying but after Ismene refuses to take part in the action, she immediately makes her mind to carry out the burying on her own. Even her one and only sister's pleas does not convince her. Antigone's one other reason for carrying out the burial is her respect towards the gods. She believes that the gods requires the burial for the dead and they would not be pleased by the fact that a dead body was left in the public, unburied. If a body i... ... middle of paper ... ...would discriminate and execute people just because of their color, religion, or ethnic group.
When her brothers Eteocles and Polynices killed one another, Creon, king of Thebes, forbade the rebel Polynices’ burial. However, Antigone disobeyed him, performed the burial, and was condemned to death for what she had done. Thru her actions she displayed vast uniqueness of a great female leader. In doing this, she stepped out of her place as a woman in a male dominated culture. She believed that the law of the Gods to give a proper burial to every dead body was more important, than the law of the King Creon.
The loss of Creon?s wife and son are tragic to the king. However, Creon never comments on Antigone?s death alone, only the death of Haemon and Eurydice. Antigone was destined for destruction the moment Polynices died. She would not allow anything to come between her love for brother and for the God?s. In each scene where Antigone is present, her resolve is challenged, challenged by her friend Ismene, Creon and the chorus.