The Death of Antigone
Ashley Dang P. 1 H. English The Death of Antigone The line between bravery and absurdness is a thin line. Certain acts or deeds may be presumed brave at first yet in the end lead to foolishness. In Sophocles’ play ‘Antigone’, the author writes a tragedy that revolves around the deed of Antigone and the consequences that King Creon and his family suffer for her death. In the play, Antigone is faced with many choices and the resolution she made lead to the end of her life.
In “Antigone”, the death of Antigone stems from her daft and rash decisions. Antigone is extremely stubborn and set on her choices even when she knows that the consequence will lead to her downfall. The first prime example of Antigone’s rash decisions occurs when she is caught by the sentry and guards. The sentry tells Creon “And she brought more dust and sprinkled wine three times for her brother’s ghost. We ran and took her out once. She was not afraid. Not even when we charged her with what she had done. She denied nothing. (1:42-44) Even when Antigone was caught burying her brother, she did not deny it and was actually willing to be taken. Antigone has a chance to run away or deny burying her brother and possibly lowering the chances of her doom, but she wants it known that she was the one who defied the king’s law. Antigone draws attention herself by making sure that everyone in the kingdom knows how she was the one who broke the king’s law, by doing so she shows how she is actually selfish and egotistic. Rather than being honorable she gives the impression that she is only after becoming famous.
The second example of Antigone’s impulsiveness is when she begins to explain herself to Creon. She tells Creon “Think me a fool, if you like; but it may well be that a fool convicts me of folly” (2:73-74). When Antigone says this she states that Creon may think her a fool, but the real fool would be Creon himself. Antigone therefore implicates that she is the cause of her own death due to her pride. The third example of Antigone’s rash actions would be when she begins to vaunt to Creon about how she dared defy him.
Creon becomes so angered he says, “ This girl is guilty of a double insolence, breaking the given laws and boasting of it” (2:80-81) At this moment it shows that Antigone is proud of her decisions and that she is rather acting arrogantly foolish. Antigone’s boasting of her egotistic decisions thus displaying her imprudence. In Sophocles’ Antigone, the down fall of the protagonist was due to her ill considered resolves and actions, which in some case would have been considered brave and honorable.
Antigone’s cause might have started out to be righteous and noble but as time passed she became arrogant and haughty, and thus caused her grievous death. The reckless, thoughtless judgments that she makes comes with a dreadful price which was her death. Harsh consequences, like death often come from the act of arrogance or thoughtless actions from well-thought plans to failure. Even though someone would do something with the most just intentions, righteous decisions, and honorable actions, all of these things can easily change and become corrupt. The outcome of a corrupted intention makes a pathway for the inevitable death.