God, Women, Antigone, and Pai
God, Women, Antigone and Pai There are people that are alike, but there leaders and followers witch separates those two types of people. Same actions could mean many different things like good or even bad actions. Nicki Caro directed the film Whale Rider. The Whale Rider is a movie about a child who experiences rough childhood and the lose of her brother. She grows up with her grandpa’s hate to her, but she still becomes the leader of her people. Author Sophocles wrote the play Antigone. Antigone is a play about a young woman whose father unknowingly marries his mother and has four children.
She becomes very disgusted and makes good and bad decisions and actions. Antigone and Pai have a lot of similarities, and that’s what makes them unique. Antigone and Pai both seem to get their callings from the Gods and that’s what rules them most of the time Some man think that women are weak and that they don’t have the courage to make serious changes, but Antigone and Pai change the way those foolish man think. Antigone and Pai have lots of things in common, but the most important thing that they have in common is that they are both very strong willed.
Whenever people receive callings from the Gods they seem to not care and push it aside, but when Antigone and Pai receive their callings they follow the voice and do the right thing. When Antigone receives the calling from the Gods, she immediately follows it and does whatever she thinks is right. (773-775) While talking to her sister Ismene, Antigone makes it clear that for her “The Higher lows are more important then the laws of Creon. ” She her decisions not caring if it’s what other people want. She makes her decisions based on her conscience, and what she thinks is the right thing to do.
Pai receives the calling from the Gods and the whales, right after that she calls the whales. She doesn’t care what her grandpa has to say. She makes her decisions herself. (Caro) Even though her grandpa stands in her way many times she still goes on, which makes her grandpa Koro upset. But Pai gets her training anyway. You might not even know, but the Gods can have a very big impact on your life, you just have to answer to their callings. That’s exactly what Antigone and Pai did. Some men think that women can’t do as much as they do, but Antigone and Pai change the way those man think with their actions.
Creon does everything in his power to make Antigone admit that she is wrong, but she stays strong, and doesn’t admit that burying her brother was wrong. Instead she says that she did the right thing by burying her brother, which makes Creon realize that Antigone is way stronger than him. (783-785) Antigone makes Creon go down by saying that, “She think that she right thing by burying her brother. ” She proves Creon that she is strong and that she won’t do what he tells her to do. She makes her statement and leaves Creon hanging with lots of questions.
Pai makes Koro very upset when she doesn’t go to sit in the back of the bench. (Caro) When Pai sits in the front of the bench she gives her grandfather another reason to kick her out of the school. For Pai it’s better to get up and leave than sit in the back just because she is a girl. If you are a man and you think that women can’t make any changes just because they are women, then you are very foolish and stupid. Being strong willed can bring so many great things to you, but it can also want sacrifices from you and your family.
For Antigone being strong willed means that she has to be prepared for the worst. “The Worst” can be many things. (786) Antigone stayed strong and didn’t hesitate before saying that, “If that’s what it takes to prove myself let it be. I’ll die with honor. ” By preparing herself to anything Antigone could make Creon go down. She didn’t back down when Creon threatened her with a death penalty. For Pai strong willed means, to never back down and that’s what she did. (Caro) Pai didn’t back down when her grandfather humiliated her in front of everybody by saying that, “It was her fault that the whales dyeing. At the end she proved to him that she is the leader and that he could never change that. Antigone and Pai showed once and for all that they are not going to back down. Neither anything nor anybody could make them back down. Antigone and Pai have lots of similarities, and that’s what makes them unique and interesting in their own way. In their lives many people have had an impact but the most important once are Koro Pai’s grandfather, Creon Antigone’s uncle and also the Gods. They have fought for discrimination against women and even their own will.
If you have read the play of Antigone and have seen The Whale Rider then you know that women are very strong and powerful. They don’t back down and they all have lots of things in common. Don’t ever discriminate against them, if you do you will fail. MLA Works Cited Info: WhaleRider. Dir. NIki Caro. Perf. Keish Castle-Hughes, Rawiri Paratene, and Vicky Haughton. Alliance, 2002. Sophocles. Antigone. Prentice Hall Literature: Timeless Voices, Timeless Themes. Ed. Kate Kinsella, et al. Upper Saddle River: NJ, 2002. 772-808.