Good Intentions Essay

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Being noble and honorable go hand-in-hand because of their similar connotations: respect given to someone who is admired for their good reputation, high moral standards, courage and honesty. Many characters showed such traits in Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare and Antigone by Sophocles (for example, Brutus being known as an "honorable man" even by his enemies), but of all the characters in both plays, Antigone's and Antony's acts of nobility are most prominent. While both Antigone and Antony exhibited noble characteristics, Antigone demonstrated the most honorable character due to her good intentions and integrity.
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Identically, Antigone was deemed noble but not at first as shown here when Ismene states, "Think how much more terrible than these our own death would be if we should go against Creon," (Sophocles prologue.44-45). Since Antigone's family was already sneered upon due to past occurrences, she was imperial for further risking her family's name to free her brother's soul. "She should have all the honor that we can give her!" (Sophocles 3.67-68); the people ended up admiring Antigone for her courageous actions just as they did for Antony in Julius Caesar. What further makes her admirable is the fact that she had a lot at stake, yet she still attempted to bury her brother's body. She was ready to give her life for the peace of his soul, "But I will bury him; and if I must die, I say that this crime is holy; I shall lie down with him in death," (Sophocles prologue.55-57). Given that Antigone knew she would be punished and possibly sentenced to death, she was noble for performing what she believed to be a holy crime.
It can be argued that both Antigone and Antony were honorable, but Antigone's good intentions and integrity make her the better candidate from the beginning. Her deed was nobler because, first of all, she was a girl. This quote: "We are only women, we cannot fight with men," (Sophocles prologue.46-47) shows women did not have large roles in society during this time period. Antigone defied the normal standards in order to fight for what she believed in, the peace of her brother in the afterlife, making her admirable by the women in her society. Furthermore, her morals were very important to her; Antigone ended up committing suicide because of them. As a result of her actions, Antigone suffered more so than Antony did, thus making her more noble. Realizing this right before she was sent to death she declared, "What things I suffer, and at what men's hands, because I would not transgress the laws of heaven" (Sophocles 4.79-80). This...

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