Essay about Antigone

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Antigone

“Make these excuses, I will heap/ The earth over my brother’s body” (63). Although no one would help her, Antigone took a stand against injustice and honored her brother by burying him, even though Creon said this act would be punishable by death if anyone committed this act of insubordination. Especially in the age that Antigone lived in, it was considered foolish to simply go against a man’s orders, let alone the Kings. Not to mention that Antigone was related to the King, making the situation even worse. She committed a supremely precarious action, especially for a woman. Not only does she bravely follow her morals, but she does a great job of justifying them in her arguments. Antigone was a civil disobedient by disobeying
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She does not make people pity her, but rather honor her actions because of how she is willing to die defending her brother’s honor. The way that she explains her cause makes everyone but Creon admire her for disobeying the law and doing the right thing that no one else had the courage to do. The last example of Antigone’s pathos is her last statement before she dies. This statement is the best use of pathos in the entire play. It is here that Antigone really grips your emotions and latches on to everything that she can to make you pity her and want to slay Creon instead. By the way that she appeals to how she will never be able to have a family, enjoy marriage, or happily end her life. She then throws in the question of what law she broke and asks what she did that was so wrong to deserve death. These last statements really impact Antigone’s pathos and make the reader sympathize with her stance as the right one if they had not already been convinced.

Antigone’s great claims and support also make her argument the best. The first argument that she gets into is with Ismene about why she is disobeying Creon’s orders by burying Polyneices body and how she would be disgracing him if she did not. Ismene’s defense does nothing to sway Antigone, as she is set in her ways to do good, and Antigone does a great job of explaining her case as to why she believes it is her duty to bury her brother. She does such a great job, in fact, that Ismene really has nothing else to counter

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