The play also indicates a woman’s place in society had no social, political, or economic importance as they were always second. Creon states “nations belong to the men with power. That’s common knowledge” (Sophocles-50).By stating this Creon jumps to the conclusion women have no common sense and therefore must be punished for their irrationali... ... middle of paper ... ... anyone including a king. Antigone is convinced she is performing the gods’ will by performing burial rites for Polyneices because she sates her crime will be devotion “yes, because I did not believe that Zeus was the one who had proclaimed it; neither did justice... These laws are not for now or yesterday they are alive forever” (Sophocles-39).
Was Creon blasphemous in making the decree denying Polynices the holy rite of burial? Did Creon deserve all the consequences that happed as a result of his decree? Sophocles’ “Antigone” accurately reflects ancient Greek society as being a man’s world. Women were not considered citizens, let alone allowed to mingle about the polis without a man at their side. They did not have a large role in society.
Ismene is unable to have control over her destiny and decisions because she is fearful of men’s power over women, which leads to her refusing to bury Polynices. Later in the play, Ismene questions Creon’s judgment by saying “you’d kill your own son’s bride?” (641) which indicates that she is now aware that woman should have a voice and power in society. Her new understanding of Antigone’s message gives her the strength to query Creon, while additionally highlighting his cruelty. Ismene’s original belief of “submit[ing] to this” (77) and being a proper Greek girl, eventually transforms into becoming an advocate for Antigone. Her transformation defies men’s authority, the opposite of what she used to believe in.
And hell gnaw his bones! / Why should he call her [Desdemona] whore? (4.2. 143,144). Instead of Emilia conforming to the attribute of Renaissance women as silent, she condemns Othello for his false accusations against her mistress, Desdemona.
The story begins with a dispute over Chryseis a daughter of a follower of Apollo who has been taken captive by Agamemnon as a war trophy. Agamemn... ... middle of paper ... ...to attack the king but without success he turns and kills himself saddened by the loss of his love Antigone. Haemon’s death shows Antigone’s control over the men around her. Throughout Greek literature it is strongly apparent how women are inferior to men but through Hera, Jocasta, and Antigone it is shown how women can have their own character development and be strong enough to try to defy their own fate. All three of these women showed defiance to powers supposedly greater to their own whether it be a king, a prophecy, or even the leader of the gods Zeus himself.
Eve Browning Cole's Women Slaves and Love of Toil Cole's article is not to attack Aristotle on his views of where a woman should be placed within the social and political order, in accordance to the Classic Greek period. Her intrigue is within "surveying some central values of that particular social and political institution," (Sterba 79). At first she begins with Aristotle's view on gender and class in ethics. Making a definite point among the social/political class, ancient Greek women and slaves were only allowed their male citizens to think for them. Being dependent on men silences the women and slaves without a voice to speak out, for the women work while the men socialize with others, the men assume that the women do not need a voice.
In fact women are included in a plethora of roles however it seems to be a testament to the importance of women in the Greek culture of that time. Moreover, real women have much more constrained and limited role to play at the time of Homeric Greece. Women were anticipated to be loyal to their husbands, expected to be subservient as well to their husbands. Yet women were not expected to be intelligent, feisty, humorous, flirtatious, artistic, independent, or any of the characteristics mentioned above, and this helps define women of today. They were expected to be lovely, dutiful wives, mothers, and beloveds, but always to function in a role that depended on the existence of man in their lives.
Antigone says, “He has no right to keep me from my own” (Sophocles 1008). She believes in divine law even if it means breaking man’s law. Creon commanded no one to bury her brother. Antigone knows it is not the right choice according to divine law and she should be able to bury her own brother, but Creon believes no one should break the law he has put before everyone. Ismene replies, “ The law is strong, we must give in to the law, in this thing and in worse.
When the king, Creon asked her to explain the reason why she has done this, the action of she buried her brother was just a violation of the law, rather than the kind of higher law. Antigone answered that this is the supreme law which they are neither today nor yesterday belong, eternally exists. She was challenging the king. Creon asked her that if she dares to defy the laws, she admitted it. she also mentioned that it was the laws that are not developed by Zeus.
Women weren’t given the same rights as men. No one ever considered their opinions, or heard their desires and feelings. However, in “Story of an Hour” one of the major themes is freedom. Once Mrs. Mallard receives the bad news of her husbands death she is upset, but that doesn't last. She becomes a woman free from male dominance.