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Antigone And Fahrenheit 451: An Analysis

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In spite of the extensive time elapsed between the publication of Antigone and Sophocles, the stories depict an issue as old as time- the patriarchal society that still exists today. Despite the weighty influence of males in both works, women act as both the initiators and the mediators of chaos. In Antigone, the events depend solely on Antigone’s rejection of the law; likewise, in Fahrenheit 451, none of the events would have occurred if not for Clarisse’s influence on Montag. Additionally, in both stories, the opposing female characters, Ismene and Mildred, try and stop Antigone and Montag from putting their plans into action. Sophocles and Bradbury, in their respective works, depict female characters as the initiators of action. In Antigone,…show more content…
Ismene acts as a mediator in Antigone and attempts, ineffectively, to dissuade Antigone from carrying out her plan, fearfully stating “But think of the danger! Think what Creon will do!” (Sophocles 191). Even when Antigone refuses to listen to Ismene’s pleading, she continues to try and deter her with her words, plainly stating that “Impossible things should not be tried at all” (Sophocles, 193). However, during Antigone’s “trial,” Ismene finds that the government she was afraid to defy has blamed her for her sister’s actions. Ismene, a loyal sister, feels she has no choice but to die with Antigone, asking herself “What do I care for life when you (Antigone) are dead?” (Sophocles 212). Ismene comes to realize that the very system she held unwavering faith in has made the wrong decision, and that in being fearful of this system she has lost her sister and her faith in the governing powers. Similarly, in Fahrenheit 451, Mildred tries to stop Montag’s crazed reading of Dover Beach, treating Montag’s outburst as a lesson to show “how mixed up things were” in the age of reading (Bradbury 95). Mildred personifies the “superficiality and emptiness of the novel’s society,” and in a way, helps Montag realize how important it is for him to flee the community (McGiveron, 3). Mildred and Ismene both attempt to reason with the rebellious protagonists;…show more content…
Antigone and Clarisse both provide a push for change and reform, while Ismene and Mildred attempt to discourage the protagonists from following through with their plans and are punished by the same societies that they have poured their trust into. Women shape the decisions made and the actions done in both novels, and their influence on the events is too significant to
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