Nicomachean Ethics Essay

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In the book Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle uses his collection of lecture notes in order to establish the best way to live and acquire happiness. Aristotle says, “Virtue, then, is a state that decides consisting in a mean, the mean relative to us,.. .It is a mean between two vices, one of excess and one of deficiency.” The virtues that Aristotle speaks about in Nicomachean Ethics are: bravery, temperance, generosity, magnificence, magnanimity, and mildness. According to Aristotle, in order to live a happy life you must obtain these virtues and be morally good. Living a virtuous life is not an activity, but a predisposition. This means that you are genuinely inclined to act virtuously for the appropriate reasons. Magnanimity is the …show more content…
She meets up with her sister Ismene in the beginning of the play to persuade her to go along with her scheme. Ismene disapproves of this idea, fearing the death penalty, and is also unable to sway Antigone into not executing her plan. Creon finds out about what Antigone has done and despite warnings from Tiresias and the chorus, that his son would commit suicide and he would be miserable for the rest of his life, Creon does not pardon Antigone for what she has done. He goes through with punishing Antigone to death. We can use the virtues of magnanimity and bravery to analyze these actions of Antigone and Creon in the play. After her actions in Antigone, Antigone could be considered vain. Going through with her plan of honoring her brother shows that she is definitely overestimating her status in the state. In ancient Greece, women had very few rights. Typically, they were under the control of a male relative and had no control over their lives, or politics. Antigone; however, must have felt otherwise when it came to her position in the state, for she went through with the burial of her brother even after knowing that the ruler of the state, Creon, had forbid everyone from doing so. I realize the reasons why Antigone wanted her brother buried, but she acted rashly when she committed the act. Did she really think that she was the right person to give her brother this honor by giving him a proper burial? By
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