Every Decision Counts Essay

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David Hume once said, “Where men are the most sure and arrogant, they are commonly the most mistaken, and have there given reins to passion, without the proper deliberation and suspense, which can alone secure them from the grossest absurdities.” Hume expresses greatly how arrogant people act; they do not pay attention to other ideas because they want to be the only ones who are right, which can lead to ignorance and terrible actions. Supercilious people do not always know what is best and they do not think rationally of what their actions can lead to, which can lead to horrible behavior and outcome. In the play, “Antigone” by Sophocles, Creon creates a law of not having a burial for Polyneices, Antigone’s brother, and whoever disobeys, will be put to their death. Antigone does not allow this, so she goes against his verdict and gets sentenced to death, which leads to the tragic ending of the play. However, Antigone and Creon share the blame for this tragedy because they are intolerant to other beliefs, make impetuous decisions, and act haughty towards their own beliefs.
Even though one is right and one is wrong, they both share the blame of the tragedy because they are intolerant to other ideas or beliefs. After Ismene refuses Antigone’s idea of burying Polyneices, Antigone argues, “I will bury him; and if I must die,/ I say that this crime is holy: I shall lie down/ With him in death,” (I.Prologue.55-7). Antigone does not listen to Ismene’s thoughts about what could happen if they bury Polyneices. Ismene does not want to bury Polyneices because she does not want to receive the punishment of death for both Antigone and herself since everyone in their family is death except for the two of them. However, Antigone does not listen to Ismene because all she cares about is giving justice to Polyneices. Instead of rebelling against Creon’s laws, Antigone can reason with him to bury Polyneices. When Teiresias advises Creon to yield to the gods, Creon argues, “No, Teiresias:/ If your birds—if the great eagles of God himself—/ Should carry him stinking bit by bit to heaven,/ I would not yield,” (I.v.45-7). Creon does not care what the gods do or what they think because he does not view them as highly as he views himself. The gods are not powerful enough to change Creon’s opinion of the burial of Polyneices and the punishment of Antigone. Like Creon, Antigone does not yield to other ideas, even though their own ideas can cause the deaths of other people, because they are both stubborn. One should take the time to listen to other peoples’ beliefs or ideas because they can be helpful, especially during bad situations.
Their actions of making impetuous decisions is the reason why they are to blame for the tragic events towards the end of the play. After Ismene refuses Antigone’s idea of burying Polyneices, Antigone argues, “I will bury him; and if I must die,/ I say that this crime is holy: I shall lie down/ With him in death,” (I.Prologue.55-7)....

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