Pathetic vs Ethical

1997 WordsJun 24, 20188 Pages
Aristotle’s Poetics is a “reservoir of the themes and schemes deployed in ancient Greek tragedy and poetry” (Poetics iii). Written around 330 B.C., it was the first work of literature to make a distinction amongst the various literary genres and provide a proper analysis of them. In Poetics, Aristotle places a big emphasis on the genre of tragedy. When one hears of the word tragedy, one already assumes that something bad has occurred to an individual and an immediate emotion of sorrow occurs, but how does Aristotle see tragedy? Aristotle gives us his formal definition of tragedy on page 10: “Tragedy is an imitation of an action that is serious, complete, and of a certain magnitude; in language embellished with each kind of artistic…show more content…
If I shall die before my time, I count that a profit.”(pg 198) Her reaction to all that has occurred shows how strong of a person she is. Antigone never forgets who she and what matters most to her. Ismene would never be as strong and persevere as her sister does. There are two quotes in the tragedy that exhibit what type of a person Antigone is and why she upholds and acts with her morals. “There is nothing shameful in honoring my brother.”(pg 200) Anyone put in Antigone’s situation- facing life and death- must battle with what is moral. Is her life worth more than being faithful to her brother or should she just let her brother’s body be desecrated? Antigone has already lost her mother and in a sense lost her father with all that fate has served them. Antigone has seen what life has done and accepts all of it. Her whole purpose is for everything to be fair, just, and accept what life hands her. Her trust remains in the gods and the gods will protect her. “The god of death demands these rites for both.” (pg 201) Antigone refers to her brothers. As said before, everyone deserves the right to have the proper burial. The gods never deny someone of that right. There is love for everyone, not hate- which is what Creon does not believe in. Antigone accepts the fate that she has put in her own hands. She knows that for burying her brother that she will die. Also, she will not marry her fiancé, Haemon, who is also the son of Creon. Antigone gives up everything
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