Sophocles' literary strategy of foreshadowing sets the tone of the entire play, which is a tragedy. Similarly Sophocles wants to portray the structure of a good government or society human law. For that reason, Antigone is considered a hero by the minor characters, because no woman in the Greek Society could disobey men's laws. In Greek tragedy, the concept of character — the portrayal of those assailed by the blows of Fate — differs specifically from modern expectations. She knew the orders Creon gave was against the orders of the Gods, and her brother deserved a burial.
Then, Antigone seals her fate by completing the burial of her brother. When speaking of hubris, the characters Oedipus and Antigone come to mind. This section contains 520 words approx. Oedipus The King: Fate Vs. Ivan takes control over his free will by taking off his hat when he eats. Though they were both involved and killed while in war, Eteocles was buried with military honors, where as Polynices died and was left in the field to be eaten by the wild animals.
He makes a law forbidding anyone from laying Polynices to rest. In this play, Antigone and Creon respond to the role that fate plays in the their lives in different ways. Antigone, like the rest of her family, must yield to Fate — the curse that hangs over the house of Oedipus. When Creon first learns that Polyneices has been buried, it is suggested that this could be the work of the Gods and thus should not be punished. Blest, they are truly blest who all their lives have never tasted devastation. In Sophocles writings of Oedipus the King and Antigone, they both show the theme of fate and free will; however Oedipus the King shows the theme through its main characters; Teiresias and Oedipus, while Antigone shows this theme through its plot. Therefore, she uses her free will to enact the law of the gods.
I know her-how can I deny that yon maiden is Antigone? We also see Creon, who makes decisions based on power and sexism, but has lost his family because of his mistakes. In the end, he is left with little, but he has gained through his suffering. We see this in an exchange between Creon and a guard. It is Creon's duty as a Greek man and as a King to protect his kingdom and put it above his enemy, regardless of his or her identity. However, Creon acted disrespectfully and inconsiderately, so his fate is not a good one. Questions About Fate and Free Will. Despite his efforts to avoid this terrible fate, it came to pass.
Her destiny seems more set and less her doing by a bad deccision, although she does brings it down on herself by rebelling against Creon. Ivan no longer controls how he lives, he lives by a strict life style created by the guards of the camp. Haemon and Eurydice also committed suicide. If thou fail'st To find these malefactors, thou shalt own. But the issues are too complex to be satisfactorily reduced to a single antithetical formulation.
Eyes in both of the stories… Fate can be defined as something that is destined to happen and is beyond our control. If the Chorus and Tiresias both represent the voice of fate and the gods in Antigone, then Antigone, Creon, and Haemon represent free will. But Creon refuses to accept fate, instead relying on his own wisdom. Not only does Antigone decide her fate by burying her brother but she also chooses when and how she dies. Antigone is pursuing her fate by burying her brother.
He has learned, but he has paid a great price. By the fifth century, B. When Creon meets Tiresias, the prophet warns him about the future. As it is, Polyneices is Antigone's brother, and Antigone will not sit by while Creon refuses to honor her brother with the burial. This quote powerfully explains the consequences that Creon has bestowed upon himself. Also her Ismene chose to be killed to save her sister. Creon had now taken rule of Thebes and made the decision to only give Eteocles a proper burial, and to leave Polyneices out to rot.
After the death of Polyneices, Antigone performed a burial that was seen as honorable. Any analysis of Antigone is therefore incomplete without first taking into account its linkages to Oedipus. Throughout the play, the idea that fate is more powerful than free will is strongly emphasized by the character's dessicions. Throughout Antigone the theme Fate Vs. Moral obligation and commitment play an important role in the play. The Chorus of the play, considered to be one character, understands what fate means and how it affects the lives of people.