Quotes Project, Antigone
JOEY HEPNER Stand out quotes of Antigone 1. “If you think what I’m doing now is stupid, perhaps I’m being charged with foolishness by someone who’s a fool” (Sophocles469) This quote is very impressive. At this point in the play Antigone has been caught breaking the laws Creon has set forth by burring her own brother. When confronted with these charges she does not deny committing them, nor does she deny her knowledge of these laws. She flat out tells Creon that she is doing what is right and if he begs to differ than he is the fool and not herself.
This impresses me because she is having the bravery to say to the king that he is foolish. I relate to this quote because in my own life I’ve had situations where I was confronted by authority figures who felt I was wrong and called me out for it when in fact I knew what I was doing was right. In situations like this I, like Antigone, would call out the true fools and tell them the error of their ways.
Sometimes I did prove my point and was forgiven for my actions, other times I was not listened to and therefore condemned for my own “foolishness” for trying to argue an unarguable point. . “So leave me and my foolishness alone— we’ll get through this fearful thing. I won’t suffer anything as bad as a disgraceful death. ”(Sophocles97) This line is the first of the book to show the true Antigone.
Here Ismene is trying to convince Antigone that what she is doing is foolish and will end in her own demise. With this Antigone bluntly tells her sister that she does not care what she thinks and that she knows she is right. She says that even if she dies for sticking up for her beliefs, it is better than to die disgracefully by not standing up for your own values.
This part is exceptionally meaningful to me, and all others with religious morals. Many times I have experiences, and seen others experience ridicule and harsh hazing for religious beliefs. Some times it is to much for a person of week will to handle and they give in to this ridicule, this fear of being out casted or even punished for their personal values. I know I’ve been guilty of this, of denouncing my beliefs in order to conform, to fit in or avoid any kind of punishment such as Ismene did. Other times I’ve found this fear empowering, and actually increasing my faith and forcing me to stick with my morals such as Antigone did.
So I understand where both of these characters are coming from. 3. “To foster evil actions, to make them commonplace among all men, nothing is as powerful as money. It destroys cities, driving men from home. Money trains and twists the minds in worthy men, so they then undertake disgraceful acts. Money teaches men to live as scoundrels, familiar with every profane enterprise. But those who carry out such acts for cash sooner or later see how for their crimes they pay the penalty. ” (Sophocles295) The truest of all the statements Sophocles ever made was this quote.
In this line Creon is suspicious of the guards being paid off to burry Polyneices’ body. This line is more powerful than any line of all literature due to its inescapable truth. Too often has money corrupt man; too often has money ruined lives. Though the context in which Creon is stating this may be wrong, because the guards were not bribed, it is still 100% true and 100% powerful. I fully agree with the ideas of this quote. I know that I, myself, have given up morals, values, and personal beliefs for money. I’ve lied, cheated, and stolen for the all mighty dollar.
I couldn’t help myself at those times, just as Sophocles wrote, “nothing is as powerful as money” and it is true. I’ve seen it bend men against their will, forcing them to do anything to obtain this tangible idea, this symbol man has created that is money. I’ve watched as money has turned honest people into slaves of its desire. Of all the evils in this world: greed, envy, gluttony, poverty, pain, and suffering, all come from money. Sophocles understood this over 2000 years ago; this same idea is still as real and as truthful now as it was back in his time. 4. “There’s nothing wrong in that.
And if I’m young, don’t think about my age—look at what I do. “(Sophocles729) This line is the most personal to me. In this scene Haemon is arguing with his father, Creon. Creon brings up the fact that Haemon is still young and therefore has less of an opinion. Upon this Haemon tells his father that his actions should be viewed, not his age. I personally relate to this because I am the youngest of my family and they constantly judge me for this and not for how I act. My mother has said on many occasions, “You’re too young to do that” or “You’re not old enough to handle that”.
I would be ok with this if she said these things about stuff that my age would limit me from doing, but she says things like that about stuff ‘m fully capable of doing. I’m tired of being restricted from things based on my age when I have proven my character to be responsible and trustworthy. 5. “The most important part of true success is wisdom—not to act impiously towards the gods, for boasts of arrogant men bring on great blows of punishment— so in old age men can discover wisdom. ” (Sophocles1349)
This line is very insightful to the lives of man. This is the final quote of the play, the last words uttered by the chorus before the curtains close. This line is so insightful because it is true. It states that wisdom is the most important part of success and that to obtain wisdom one must realize that he/ she cannot act impiously and cannot be too proud, for if they are they will be punished for it and will not understand the error of their ways until it is to late and they are near the end of their lives. This line tells us not to be too proud, or too arrogant.
I relate to this quote because I’ve found myself, even at my young age, to be arrogant about things only to find myself wrong and made a fool of by my own hand. This line relates to the foolish ways of Creon as he had power and felt he was on top, until his world gets flipped upside down and his life ruined because he was not wise. He ended up losing everything because of his arrogance. 6. “ My lord, whatever good sense people have by birth no longer stays with them once their lives go wrong—it abandons them. ” (Sophocles565) This line is quite puzzling to me.
It is from the mouth of Ismene, right after Creon announces that one of the two sisters is now mad, but the other has been this way since she was born. In this line Ismene could be talking about herself or her sister being born normal then becoming mad, or she could be talking about Creon whom himself may have been born normal then became mad with power. One thing is for sure, this line has power within its words. People are naturally imbedded with a sense of right and wrong, but what corrupt this are our own actions, our own mistake, and our own wrongdoing.
I myself have done things I knew was wrong, I knew it was wrong because I was born with this knowledge and brought up with values enforcing this knowledge. Once I started doing this though, I found myself thinking of it as less of a wrong and abandoned all sense that comes with it. Our minds trick us into thinking that whatever we are doing, as long as it makes us happy, is beneficial to us. This of coarse is completely wrong, but as long as our minds tell us there is no error in our ways, we will believe it. 7. When people hatch their mischief in the dark their minds often convict them in advance, betraying their treachery. How I despise a person caught committing evil acts who then desires to glorify the crime. ” (Sophocles495) This line is the most controversial and perfect passage of the book. Here Creon is speaking to the chorus leader about the actions of Antigone and how she feels about her “treacherous” act. This line is so controversial because in many instances it is entirely true, but in some it is the opposite.
This quote suggests that people who try to glorify the wrongdoing of their actions are actually wrong themselves. Is it true that by going against the law, Antigone’s actions were wrong, and she simply convinced herself that what she was doing is right? This could be argued the opposite way in that Antigone’s actions were justified because she was doing the work of the gods by obeying them instead of some man. This opens up the question that has plagued man since the beginning of time; Who has the right to say which actions are justified and right, an which actions are to be condemned for their wicked ways?
Is it right for any human to decide the glory or treachery of another’s actions? I love this quote because it opens my mind to so many questions. When I first read this line I agreed with it, but then I realized it was going against Antigone and I found myself feeling hypocritical. I was cheering Antigone on one minuet, and then I’m pulling for the idea that it is wrong to glorify your criminal actions. This quote sums up Antigone. Is it right for her to obey the gods by breaking the laws of her king, or was it wrong to even thing that she was right and the rules she is supposed to abide by are wrong?