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Transcript of Antigone
The story of Antigone is overall sad. The crime is going to be committed because Antigone is stubborn in changing her mind and once it is done, just knowing the consequences gives you sort of a remorseful feeling for Antigone; especially after it becomes evident that Creon is also stubborn in changing his mind about the law.
- Speaking of “being stubborn”. Another way to describe the tone is that it is very obstinate. Once the characters set their minds on something they stick to it.
Haemon is even so determined to spare his future wife’s life that he even decides he never wants to see his father again.
Ismene was determined not to help Antigone, but to only convince her that her actions were dangerous.
Antigone was determined to bury her brother despite the consequences, and she was adamant to stand her ground against Creon for feeling bad for breaking his law.
The Chorus, despite their true feelings that punishing Antigone was wrong, did not outright say so. They could have completely rebelled against Creon and his law, but instead, only tried changing his mind in the most subtle way.
Creon was unyielding in changing his mind about his law, because it would show a lack of control over his people.
“This is her father talking…” The chorus describes Antigone’s words to Creon for why she buried her brother by comparing it to the “stubborn and pride-filled” quality of her father Oedipus.
"Wait a minute Antigone. Don't be so headstrong......Have you forgotten what happened to our father. Contempt and loathing from everyone, even himself; that was his reward. And his mother-wife, ill matched with her as those two words are, she knotted a rope and hung herself. And now our two brothers both in one day caught in the same trap......We are the last ones sister, and what a death for us if we defy the law."
"That's one site I shall never see, nor, father shall you ever see me again."
Love and Loyalty
Antigone feels so strongly about her choice of burying her brother, because he is her brother. Antigone's love and loyalty to not only her brother, but her family as a whole, brings her to defy her uncle Creon's law. This is not to necessarily say she wouldn't do it for anyone who falls victim to Creon's law, but she continues to make it clear that Polyneices is of her blood, and how as Oedipus's daughter it is almost her duty.
She also carries loyalty to the gods, and her hopes to be in their favor after death influences her to defy Creon, the king. Antigone fears more the judgement of the gods than she does the judgement of Creon, and is willing to take his punishment.
"It is time....to show whether you are worthy of the honor of being Oedipus daughter."-Antigone
“And if I have to die for this pure crime, I am content, for I shall rest beside him. His love will answer mine” - Antigone
"And the man who dared to do this?" -Creon
Of course, from the beginning of the story, we, the audience, are already aware of what Antigone will do, or in this case has done. The messenger announces to Creon that Polyneices body has been covered in dirt. We know Antigone has done this. Creon, however, is still ignorant to that fact.
Imagery was used describing the deaths. Antigone didn't like the way she found her brother. She describes it as a "sweet find for birds to feast upon" Meaning the birds would eat him up.
Ismene describes their father's death by saying, "smiting his eyes with his very own hands". This shows us how Oedipus caused himself pain by scratching out his eyes.
"Wasn't I a miserable little beast when we were small"? Antigone thinks of herself as being a troubled child.
Group Two: World Literature 2423/38201
Antigone refers to how dead she is feeling inside in a universe that is much alive. To the real world this is a tragedy, but in Antigone's world she is ready to be breathless; maybe her light will be passed unto someone else.
Creon's intentions is to have her walled alive inside a tomb so no one will have her blood on their hands when she finally dies. Her imprisonment symbolizes how her loyalties and feelings are within the dead; also creon's lack of judgement by trying to invert order of nature and defying the gods.
Antigone's determination to bury her brother is known to people under Creon as an evil act of humankind. In a way the situation is so bad and unpleasant that it makes it her tragic beauty when she and Creon are having a heated discussion. She knew all was lost inside already because of the demand Creon made to leave her brother out to rot. Antigone's beauty is reflected by others because of fear; sympathy.
The story of Antigone is about a girl who defies the law of her uncle who so happens to be the king. This king has created a law to leave one of Antigone's loved ones dead body out to rot in the festering sun, and to be torn apart by scavengers. Antigone remains intent to reverse this law no matter the repercussions. In this presentation we will focus on how smaller techniques are used to help make the story of Antigone a great tragedy.
"I dared. It was not God’s proclamation. That final Justice. That rules the world below makes no such laws. I knew I must die, even without your decree. I am only mortal. And if I must die now, before it is my time to die, surely this is no hardship: can anyone living, as I live, with evil all about me, think Death less than a friend? This death of mine is of no importance; but if I had left my brother lying in death unburied, I should have suffered. Now I do not. You smile at me. Ah Creon, think me a fool, if you like; but it may well be that a fool convicts me of folly."
"This is my command, and you can see the wisdom behind it. As long as I am King, no traitor is going to be honored with the loyal man. But whoever shows by word and deed that he is on the side of the State,––he shall have my respect while he is living and my reverence when he is dead. "
"If that is your will, Creon son of Menoikeus, you have the right to enforce it: we are yours."