Antigone feels because she and Ismene are sisters and thy feel remorse towards the death of their brother, she should want to help Antigone. Antigone telling Ismene her plans causes feelings that a women should have never had in that time period. Ismene tells Antigone, “We are only women, /we cannot fight with men, Antigone! The law is strong, we must give in to the law” (1.47-49). Antigone is angry for what her sister has said.
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. Ismene tells Antigone angrily, “Our own death would be if we should go against Creon/And do what he has forbidden!” Antigone replies, “You may do as you like, /Since apparently the laws of the gods mean nothing to you.”(462) Antigone believes the god’s law is more important than Creon. Antigone will even go against her own sister to make sure her brother receives a proper burial. Antigone keeps the consistency of being strong throughout the entire play. After the sentry informs Creon that Antigone was the one trying to bury Polyneices, he wants Antigone arrested.
Antigone understands that honor and responsibility to one’s family have equal distribution in her defense. She clarifies that she doesn’t fear the condemning she is unfortunately sentenced to, but the penalties from the divine, if she does not act on the evil doings that besieges her poor life. She emphasizes on the notion, "But if I left that corpse, my mother 's son, dead and unburied I 'd have cause to grieve as now I grieve not" (Sophocles 123). It is obvious that Antigone is willing to do whatever it takes to make sure that her divine duty is fulfilled even if it leads to her own death.to Antigone death prevailed to be a far more attractive option. Because of this Antigone understands the idea of the law and civil disobedience and what it can do to her if she does not adhere to it, but she has to make a conscious decisions based on the merit that divine law supersedes that of civil disobedience, and burying her brother is the right thing to
She was caught burying her brother and the King sentenced her and her sister to death. This action is what had started the main dilemma in the play. The dilemma is a question of morality versus legality between Antigone and Creon’s viewpoints. Antigone believed that her brother deserved a proper burial and must do whatever she can to make this happen. Although she directly defied the King’s rules she did what she had to anyway, despite the consequences that she knew would follow.
She reminds Antigone that they are on... ... middle of paper ... ...assistance, resolves to give their brother a proper burial. Ismene feared helping Antigone bury Polyneices but offers to die beside Antigone when Creon sends her to die. Antigone, however, refuses to allow her sister to be killed for something she did not have the courage to stand up for. The position of women is an important theme in this play. Gender has an impact on Antigone and her actions.
Creon and King Henry VIII are thereby acting in accordance with their laws and, although their ... ... middle of paper ... ...as it is primarily their failure as rulers that is highlighted. The incongruity between law and morality is fostered by an individual’s interpretation of the law and its purpose. The conflict in both A Man for All Seasons and Antigone is not a conflict between morality and law, but in the characters’ use of morality and law. Because of this, the decisions that both Creon and King Henry VIII make to sentence Antigone and Thomas More are justified. Each protagonist was making decisions that were in conflict, but were still moral.
Through their actions throughout the play Ismene and Antigone are loyal to their family yet in very different ways. Throughout the play Antigone is portrayed as a heroine for responding to her duty to bury Polynices. If she did not bury him his legacy would be tarnished. However, on the opposing side by not obeying Creon her uncle people may begin to question his authority if his own niece does not obey him. In the end Antigone chooses to obey the gods and “loving and loved [she] will lie by [Polynices’s] side,” (Sophocles 3).
She reminds Antigone that they are the only family members left and pleads with her not to commit such a crime, but Antigone refuses to accept the logic in her sister’s argument and will not be swayed, even though the idea of her death clearly upsets her sister. Ismene later has a change of heart and wishes to die alongside her sister in order to honor the dead as well, she even confesses to Creon, but Antigone rejects her idea of being a martyr, saying that her own death “will suffice” (Sophocles 136). Ismene then imagines life without her sister. The idea of losing the only kin she has left on Earth terrifies Ismene. She pleads to Antigone, “what life is dear to me bereft of you?” (Sophocles 136).
Martin Luther King Jr. believes there are two specific types of laws: just and unjust. Just laws are ones in which humans must obey in order to maintain the safety, equality, and freedom of the individual. He states that “one has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws.” Justly, these laws benefit society and are intended to align with the moral conscience of the human being. On the other side “one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws” as, according to St. Augustine, "an unjust law is no law at all.” Unjust laws are simply a moral mistake in the governmental system that require being broken, whether that be through civil disobedience or simple negotiation to prompt the change. The way in which one determines
This shows that Antigone will do whatever it takes to give her brother a proper burial. Antigone tells Ismene that if she dies, at least she will not “die a coward's death.” This tells readers that Antigone is fearless as well as strong-minded. Ismene does not want to help because she knows that it is against the law to bury Polyneices. Antigone feels that Creon is holding her back from what the gods want her to do, which is give Polyneices a proper burial. “He has no right to keep me from my own!” (48).