Rhetorical Devices In Antigone

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Within this Narrative, Antigone frequently uses the emotional values of others to convince them of what she believes to be right.The first illustration of this phenomenon is when Antigone compares her willingness to face death as the result of giving her brother an honorable burial, to her sister Ismene's unwillingness in doing the same.The main character feels as though it is her personal and moral obligation to retrieve the afterlife that’s been taken from her brother.Therefore, she does not agree in abiding by Creon's man-made legislation and makes it her mission to concede to the laws of the gods. Asking for her sister's help, she hopes to obtain reliability, only to find her too intimidated by Creon, Their uncle, and king. Accordingly,…show more content…
Antigone uses comparison to herself to make Ismene appear weak and self-serving in return. This technique is persuasive because it appeals to the human need for respect and convinces Ismene along with the audience, by cause of her choices, she lacks in it.Another rhetorical appeal used in the quote is logos; the persuasion of logistics.Antigone uses reference to authority with the intent to tempt Ismene with a reminder that the laws of the gods would normally rule over all. Opposingly, in these circumstances, things have unjustly changed, and she has a chance to revise this omission by helping bury her brother.She strives to press her beliefs into her sister by reminding her of their people’s original policy; no matter their crime, everyone will have a chance of an afterlife. However, Ismene isn't convinced, so Antigone settles on another…show more content…
In support of this, she says "Now you can prove what you are: A true sister or a traitor to your family." (Sophocles, Prologue, Antigone).Again, she uses emotional appeal. Antigone pulled her need for Ismene's help away from her goal and pointed it towards herself, using Ismene’s deeply rooted care against her.This would hopefully make a doubtful sister feel the need to help Antigone so that she could prove her loyalty. Ismene, as smart as she is, doesn't fall for her guilt trip, so Antigone is forced to take things into her own hands. She does what she believes she has to do and buries her brother, only to consequently be caught by none other than King Creon. Creon promises she will fall to death, and she doesn't fight this, but she does want the king to know that what she’s done is righteous in not only her own opinion. She states “I should have praise and honor for what I have done. All these men here would praise me. Were their lips not frozen shut with fear of you” (Page 210 Sophocles Antigone). The king knows he is feared and for even-handed reasons, so this proclamation cannot be perceived as anything

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