A third example that shows Antigone is brave is when Antigone has already been caught, and is being questioned by Creon, “I knew that I should have to die, of course. With or without your order,” (138). This quote exhibits Antigone’s bravery because she understands the fact that she is going to die from getting caught giving Polynices a proper burial. She’s going to die sometime, so she thought that she should feel that she should make life ... ... middle of paper ... ...g to Antigone after she had been discovered in the process of burying Polynices, “Justice, / that dwells with the gods below, knows such law,”(138). Antigone is saying this to Creon after she had been caught trying to bury Polynices.
Through her powerful decision making and strong will she says, “ I will bury the brother I love” (694). Antigone is an important follower of tradition and does not want to displease the gods or the dead. This means that Antigone will do anything possible to help her brother, even if it means being harmed innocently. In addition, Antigone commits more faultless actions that result in the death of her. When Antigone is caught by Creon she is immediately sentenced to death and cannot be saved.
Antigone must evaluate her life and reason with herself if she should marry Haemon or decide another way out. Antigone finds a way out, but it may not be visible to the reader right away. Antigone commits a crime and is sentenced to die, justifying in her mind that is the only option. Antigone does not want to continue in the life cycle she has been born into and the only way out is in her death. She also truly believes in the Gods and that by dying a martyr, she will gain kleos.
It is widely believed that “Living life without honor is a tragedy bigger than death itself” and this holds true for Hamlet’s Ophelia. Ophelia’s death symbolizes a life spent passively tolerating Hamlet’s manipulations and the restrictions imposed by those around her, while struggling to maintain the last shred of her dignity. Ophelia’s apathetic reaction to her drowning suggests that she never had control of her own life, as she was expected to comply with the expectations of others. Allowing the water to consume her without a fight alludes to Hamlet’s treatment of Ophelia as merely a device in his personal agenda. Her apparent suicide denotes a desire to take control of her life for once.
Antigone and Winton are very different individuals, however they both share the same quality of determination. When faced with the challenge of protecting others over the consequence of their own demise; both characters chose to die trying saving others from the evils of humanity. Antigone knew that her brother Polyneices deserved the respect of a proper burial, despite the choices he made when he was alive. Antigone, determined to bury her brother went against the advice of her sister and the the command of the King. “Go away, Ismene: I shall be hating you soon, and the dead will too, For your words are hateful.
Who on earth alive in the midst of so much grief as I, could fail to find this death a rich reward?” (374) Antigone was willing to risk her own life for the sake of her dead brother’s pride. Creon wants Antigone to know that he has control over her. She defied him and now he has no choice but to punish her. Otherwise it would mean a bruise on his reputation as a ruler. It would prove that he was of weak character, especially since a girl went against him.
Antigone is widely thought of as the tragic hero of the play bearing her name. She would seem to fit the part in light of the fact that she dies for doing what she believes is right. She buries her brother without worrying what might happen to her. She "Takes into consideration death and the reality that may be beyond death" (Hathorn 59). Those who do believe that Antigone was meant to be the true tragic hero argue against others who believe that Creon deserves that honor.
Antigone also tells Ismene that she is willing to become a criminal and die for her beliefs. She believes her death will not be in vain, and it is honoring her family; and the gods, in turn, will recognize... ... middle of paper ... ...Ismene confronts Creon and tells him she had a part in Polyneices burial. (line 537) She is willing now to join Antigone in her troubles and is not ashamed to admit it. (line 539) She is willing to join Antigone in death. In the case of Ismene, her character is able to resolve the conflict on her own.
Her own laws, or morals, drive her to break Creon's law placed against Polyneices burial. Even after she realizes that she will have to bury Polyneices without the help of her sister, Ismene, she says: Go away, Ismene: I shall be hating you soon, and the dead will too, For your words are hateful. Leave me my foolish plan: I am not afraid of the danger; if it means death, It will not be the worst of deaths-death without honor. Here Ismene is trying to reason with Antigone by saying that she cannot disobey the law because of the consequences. Antigone is close-minded when she immediately tells her to go away and refuses to listen to her.
It is evident in her statement of, “But I will bury him; and if I must die, I say that this crime is holy: I shall die down with him in death, and I shall be as dear to him as he to me.” She will do whatever it takes, even if it is death, to bury her violated brother. The third example is the relationship between Haimon and Antigone. Although Haimon was loyal to his father, he later broke away from his grasp and went to the aid of his fiancée Antigone. He felt that he betrayed her by siding with his father when he was obviously wrong and being stubborn. He signifies his loyalty to Antigone with the statement of, “But her death will cause another.” He will openly defy his father in order to stand by her side.