It takes a lot of courage to stand up and defend an action or idea that is forbidden by society. This is what Antigone does in Sophocles' story Antigone. She clearly disobeys King Creon's order that no person should bury Antigone's brother, Polynices, which is punishable by penalty of death. In this case, is Antigone's decision the correct one? Her actions affect many of her other countrymen negatively because they cause problems within the royal family, disagreement among the people and directly relate to the death of three people including her own.
However, she used the same guidelines to rule as monarchs who had come before her. The main accomplishment of Queen Elizabeth’s reign was the acceptance of female rule. She was a brave leader in England, and she definitely made a difference.
In particular, subaltern women do not have proper representation, which results in them not being able to voice their ideas or share their personal narratives. Within a patriarchal society women as left vulnerable to becoming subalterns. The subaltern 's voice is muted and accordingly cannot represent him or herself (Svensson,2012,4). The Taliban attempted to mute Malala’s vice, but ultimately her message was to powerful to be suppressed. Malala creates her own space to be heard and voiced her opinion despite being in that inferior position in society.
As a result, her mother became a role model of "female independence and administrative competence" (Lilley ix). This proved to young Margaret that a woman could handle miscellaneous affairs quite well on her own, and it instilled strong feminist values in her. She firmly believed that "the Woman was given to Man not onely to delight, but to help and assist him" and that "Women would labor as much with Fire and Furnace as Men" (qtd. in Harris 210). Her shining example must have been her widowed mother.
The second instance was because the wind blew the dirt off her brother, after which Antigone decided to bury him for the second time. Antigone knew that defying the King in this way would result in her death, but still she accepted full responsibility. She could not live with herself if she put the will of a man before the law of God, feeling as though she would be dead in another way by submitting to King Creon’s edict (pp 209). Iocaste thinks that women are only made to marry a man, and she is not to question anything her husband decides (pp 45). Ismene on the other hand is more indifferent and accepting of the status quo, thinks that there is nothing women can do except submit to men.
Polynices and Eteocles were brothers of Antigone, and for Antigone, they were very precious family members. However, they killed each other, and Creon who was a king of Thebes at this time forbade to bury only Polynices. Antigone could not stand that only Polynices was forbidden to be buried because she loved him as a brother. Antigone chose to bury him even though she might be caught and killed. If I were in the same situation as Antigone, I would not choose the same choice which is burying a brother and be killed.
Antigone goes to bury her brother so his afterlife will be better. She does it in spite of the law that Creon has made. “It is the dead, not the living, who make the longest demands” (192) She tries to explain to her sister, Ismene, that they must bury Polyneices, but even that close relationship has trouble because of the law. Ismene is unwilling to suffer the consequences of the law, to save her brother’s soul “Forgive me but I am helpless: I must yield to those in authority” (192) Even the two sisters who have just lost both of their brothers have different views on the matter. One will not stray from the law and what is deemed right by their king, while the other will accept any punishment, even death just to do what she believes is right.
Sympathy is felt for Antigone because she was punished for take a stand for what she believed to be the right thing. Unfortunately the risk she took was going against her uncle Creon, who so happened to have power over her. It was a tragic situation that Antigone was to be killed for such a ridiculous crime. Although Antigone should not have been punished for that law she had broken, she was willing to accept her death sentence. She said to Creon, “These laws- I was not about to break them, not out of fear of some man’s wounded pride, and face the retribution of the gods.
She knew that the law preventing her from giving her brother a proper burial was wrong and this caused her to break this unjust law. She wanted Ismene to scream from the rooftops about her burying her brother because she knew what she was doing was the right action to be made. Antigone was brave in her bold act and took her chances with how it would turn out for her. Altho...
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).