Historical context[ edit ] Antigone was written at a time of national fervor. Haemon counts wisdom supreme: Since he is a citizen of Thebes, it would have been natural for the Thebans to bury him.
Man is twice deinon. Man is deinon in the sense that he is the terrible, violent one, and also in the sense that he uses violence against the overpowering.
Portrayed as wise and full of reason, Tiresias attempts to warn Creon of his foolishness and tells him the gods are angry.
The Chorusa group of elderly Theban men, is at first deferential to the king. Sophocles votes for the law of the gods. Antigone denies that Creon has authority in the matter of burial, a sacred duty she feels bound to fulfill.
The terrible calamities that overtake Creon are not the result of his exalting the law of the state over the unwritten and divine law which Antigone vindicates, but are his intemperance which led him to disregard the warnings of Tiresias until it was too late.
The chorus is presented as a group of citizens who, though they may feel uneasy about the treatment of the corpse, respect Creon and what he is doing. After unsuccessfully attempting to stab Creon, Haemon stabbed himself. She argues unflinchingly with Creon about the immorality of the edict and the morality of her actions.
This is emphasized by the Chorus in the lines that conclude the play. As defined by this decree, citizenship is based on loyalty. Sophocles wants to warn his countrymen about hubris, or arrogance, because he believes this will be their downfall.
As the play progresses they counsel Creon to be more moderate. Tragedy is bound to occur when these two vital laws are set against one another, for both sacred law and civil law are necessary for the welfare of the people. It is clear how he feels about these two values in conflict when encountered in another person, Antigone: What would the ideal ruler be like?
This lack of mention portrays the tragic events that occur as the result of human error, and not divine intervention. In the first two lines of the first strophe, in the translation Heidegger used, the chorus says that there are many strange things on earth, but there is nothing stranger than man.
There are many places all throughout the play in which Sophocles refers to choices and decisions, showing us that this is ultimately a play about choice rather than fate.
She expresses her regrets at not having married and dying for following the laws of the gods. She is taken away to her living tomb, with the Leader of the Chorus expressing great sorrow for what is going to happen to her.
You went forward far too boldly and crashed into the lofty pedestal of Justice. Ismene refuses to help her, not believing that it will actually be possible to bury their brother, who is under guard, but she is unable to stop Antigone from going to bury her brother herself.
Her dialogues with Ismene reveal her to be as stubborn as her uncle.Everything you ever wanted to know about the quotes talking about Fate and Free Will in Antigone, written by experts just for you. Fate plays an important role in many Greek tragedies, including Sophocles's Antigone.
In this play, Antigone and Creon respond to the role that fate plays in the their lives in different ways. Antigone accepts her fate, burying her brother and accepting her death. But Creon refuses to accept fate, instead relying on his own wisdom.
Antigone accepts what she believes is inevitable by committing suicide with her fiance. This recognition and acceptance of fate is an important part of Antigone, as well as many other tragedies.
Antigone was not the only character of the play with a fate that she lived up to. When Antigone is led away to her death the Chorus sings: “Mysterious, overmastering, is the power of Fate./ From this, nor wealth, nor force of arms/ Nor strong encircling city-walls/ Nor storm-tossed ship can give deliverance” (lines ).
The ThemeTracker below shows where, and to what degree, the theme of Fate vs. Free Will appears in each section of Antigone. Click or tap on any chapter to read its Summary & Analysis. A central theme of Antigone is the tension between individual action and fate.
While free choices, such as Antigone’s decision to defy Creon’s edict, are significant, fate is responsible for many of the most critical and devastating events of the trilogy.Download