Antigone Character Analysis
In Antigone, Antigone braves through all of her hardships and decisions with her morals and set of values. She dies with pride and no regret for she died because she acted doing what was morally right. Many Greek writers disagree with these traits that Sophocles has given her but it is appropriate because she needed these traits to show defiance and be able to stand up for what is right. Antigone is a tragic heroine who believes in her duty to her family and is willing to sacrifice all things to do what is morally right.
Antigone’s powerful foundation of her morals and values keep all who try to stray her away from her task powerless. When Ismene tries to persuade her sister into staying away from burying polynices her sense of obligation to her family creates a barrier to all who try to keep her away from this task. Another strength that Antigone shows is her boldness. When she speaks to Creon she blatantly calls him a fool and undermines his authority. Such bravery could leave open a mind that can be freely spoken so that her ideas are expressed.
Antigone also shows bravery in the fact that she knowingly died for what was right no person with such bravery could accept an unnatural death, making her a martyr. Antigone is a martyr of Thebes. She sacrificed her own life for her own beliefs and stood through all her hardships with a set of morals and values. Before she is buried she preaches? … I call you all To witness that I die with nobody To shed a tear for me, the victim Of an unjust law. Who’d like to go with me To an eerie heap of stones, a tomb that is no tomb, A no-man’s land between the living and the dead
I see I have no friends to say good-by. No friends, no tears for me, no marriage to look back on. Never again to see the face of the sun She wants the people of Thebes to feel bad for her so that she becomes a martyr. The words unjust, eerie, tear and no friends suggest that she is the victim of a horrible crime. Making her a person who sacrifices all of her life to do what is right and creating a sense of martyrdom. However she earlier did not feel a lot of regret for what she did because she was doing what she was obligated to do.
It was to her “meaningful” because she had given up her life for what her brother deserved and was the will of the gods. Such strong emotions create a sense of feminism, which in respects to the time of this play was outrageous and not accepted. The image of women in plays and stories at the time were weak and powerless girls. Antigone’s representation of feminists broke all the images of play writers in Greece and her strong characteristics defy the inappropriateness of her nature. Her boldness, bravery and , unyielding morals are all extremely important to her role in the play.
Antigone has been given strong characteristics in her story and because of this she does not stand around while and Creon’s unjust law insults Polynices. Her death was preferred because it was glorious and stoic. She was buried for doing what was right and what she was obligated to do. She not only prefers this but her bravery, obstinacy and other traits destroy the image of the weak girl who is powerless to everything. Antigone’s strong characteristics and representation of the current day feminists were all necessary to her role as Antigone.