Antigone vs. Romeo and Juliet
Antigone vs. Romeo and Juliet There are both similarities and differences in the tragedies of Romeo and Juliet and Antigone. They share some common tragic illumination along with some uncommon tragic illumination, as well. Each of these ended in some sorts of fatalities, but with different cases of dispute. Tragic illumination is a piece of literature describing conflict between a protagonist and a superior force that has a sorrowful or disastrous conclusion. In the tragedy of Antigone, Antigone is the protagonist who has conflict with a superior force, who happens to be her Uncle Creon.
She wanted proper burial of her brother, which Creon was trying to prohibit. She went against his wishes to her sister, Ismene’s, dismay and buried him anyway. This angered Creon so he threatened her and basically put her on death row. Antigone’s fiance, Haemon, who is also Creon’s son, stands up for her. This can be compared to Romeo and Juliet. The protagonists were Romeo and Juliet and the superior forces were their parents. Their parents were doing anything they could to keep them apart, but Romeo, like Haemon, stood up for their lover and discarded any disapproval from family in order to protect and be with the women they loved.
In both the tragedies of Romeo and Juliet and Antigone, there were disputing families. They did not agree with the other or there were rules that had been broken by an opposing family member. The fights within the families had made it difficult for the young couples to be able to be with the other and caused conflicts within the families like Juliet and Romeo rebelling and Creon and Haemon fighting. The differences between Antigone and Creon were similar to the Montagues and the Capulets. Though different in reason, it still caused the same conflict and had the same outcome.
Romeo and Juliet and Haemon and Antigone went through several hardships just to be with each other. Although sacrifices made by Romeo and Juliet were based on love more than Antigone and Haemon, Haemon still fought for Antigone against his own father like Romeo. Antigone was sentenced to death. After Haemon had talked to his father, Creon, and Creon had seen the light and changed his mind, it was too late because Antigone had already committed suicide. This deeply saddened Haemon and he stabbed himself right before his father’s eyes. His father was left with a broken world full of regret.
He is left to handle the thought that he brought all the tragedy upon himself and lost anything that had mattered to him. Small conflicts with two differentiating families or opinions can cause a lot of havoc. The different views of Antigone and Creon resulted in two deaths. This is similar to Romeo and Juliet, where family feuding caused the death of Romeo and Juliet, and other characters as well. All that it took to cause these fatalities was two different opinions and one to stand up and voice their opinion against a superior force.