Antigone: An Irrational Desire Essay

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Throughout time society has developed a system from which humans are able to define good and bad, Ethics. Although Ethical norms have been adapted throughout the passing of time, its most intrinsic values have prevailed, enabling individuals to agree on standards of what good and bad are built on their moral standards. Morals are what give the individual the capacity to distinguish good from bad. In the ancient Greece morals were indeed the individuals perception of good, and bad however, these perceptions were greatly abided and driven by the divine laws imposed by the gods. In Antigone, a tragedy written by Sophocles, we see the how the main character defies the kings rules and stands for ...view middle of the document...

Perhaps for Eliot’s neither of these reasons exemplifies Antigone’s honest lust, with the development of the story it’s inevitable not to realize that all of these apprehend one common goal, the stubborn desire to defy, to prove and to triumph over Creon and a desirable death which in the end clarifies that Antigone’s does what she has to, only to feed her irrational reasons. However from many perspectives Antigone’s rightful actions serve as more than enough prove and contradict Eliot’s observation.

Antigone’s decision to give her dear beloved brother a proper and honorable burial succeeds in abiding to many morally correct choices involving the conception of good. A prime obligation that justifies Antigone’s action is the laws imposed by the gods, which are meant to be followed and to never be broken. Her actions also demonstrates her devotion and loyalty to her blood bond ties, to the point that for her brother she is willing to give up her own life. Another reason that illustrates Antigone’s the drive behind the burial of her brother is the opposition to Creon’s statute, which symbolizes the female’s power of will and civic duty as a citizen of the state. As said before Antigone does the most natural human action, by burying her brother she is giving a prime importance to her family ties, consequently she is also obeying the divine law imposed by the Gods, and portraying woman not as weak and fragile as they’ve been foolish seen, but as strong minded beings, stubborn enough to oppose men and stand for their ideals. However these are not reasons for Antigone, but instead inevitable causes that describe her actions and unveil the ambiguous and irrational reasons Antigone stands for.

Through her words speak her reasons. “But now, Polynices, after burying your body, I reap rewards like these. Still, I honored you well (910) in the eyes of the wise. No, if somehow children whose mother I was or my...

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