Ipheigeneia and Antigone are Women Of Honor

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Women of Honor

In the world, there exist people who have beliefs strong enough that they are willing do die for them. Their convictions may be for their country, their family, or their religion. Some people chose to die for their beliefs while others are just objects of fate and die because of their beliefs while in the hands of others. For example, American soldiers don't often chose to die. They die because they are standing up for what they believe in and are killed because they are protecting what they believe in. They know they can potentially die but don't take their own lives. On the other hand, suicide bombers offer themselves fully as they kill themselves for their beliefs. People have been standing up and fighting for their beliefs for centuries in order to defend and protect their valued views. If they die protecting their sentiments, then they have died noble deaths. In Greek Literature, two women face their fates of dying by defending what they believe in. Ipheigeneia loves her father and in order to win the Trojan War, she must be sacrificed. She resists her fate at first but as expected she allows her father to do the necessary. Ipheigeneia is sacrificed. Additionally, Antigone faces her fate defending her brother Polyneices. He was murdered by his own brother; however, he was considered a traitor since he returned from exile and therefore was not allowed be buried properly. Antigone felt as his sister she must give him the proper burial. Kreon -the king of Thebes- was furious and sentenced her to death Later, he changes his decision but it is too late as she has taken her own life. These young, brave women are obviously similar while maintaining differences in their deaths.

Iphigeneia at Aulis and Antigone are very important writings in Greek Literature. Both involve a young women who dies in hopes of helping others. Antigone and Iphigeneia believe that they are dying for noble causes. The two brave women die for love. Their loves; however, vary. Both are sacrifices in a sense as they both die for a cause. They give their lives so that others can maintain their honor. Antigone realizes the importance of remaining loyal to family and she will maintain her dignity and states " It will not be the worst of deaths - death without honor" (p.
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