The Tragic Deaths Of Brutus And Antigone

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Both Brutus and Antigone end their own lives because both truly believe in their causes. In Antigone by Sophocles and Julius Caesar by Shakespeare, Antigone and Brutus deliberately kill themselves in order to demonstrate how genuinely they support their beliefs. In doing so, both share the hope that fellow citizens will be able to recognize that their actions are executed through good intention. However, Antigone's death is caused by her following the gods' law, whereas Brutus' death is caused by him believing in his purpose and disregarding the gods' law, making Brutus' death more tragic than Antigone's.
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Both Antigone's and Brutus' deaths are caused as a result of their intentions—however, Brutus is the only person who discloses his soft spot afterwards. Antigone commits suicide acknowledging that her brother's soul will remain in peace because of what she had done. She also doesn't show any hints revealing that she regrets her decision. The only option for Brutus is to have himself killed since losing the war and suffering humiliation is the inevitable outcome of the latter. Towards his death, Brutus even addresses Caesar, "I killed not the with half so good a will" (5.6.51), revealing the weakness that killing Caesar was a fairly emotional task for him. Brutus faces the conflicting task of whether to kill him or not. In doing so, Brutus loses his best friend but supposedly benefits Rome, or vice versa. Brutus ends up killing Caesar, as a result of being driven by his honor and has to suffer because of an honest mistake. Antigone's actions, however, are not faults by any means. The god's law, by Greek standards, are and will always be above human law. Therefore Brutus defiling the god's law out of good intention...

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