Similarities Between Antigone And Sidhartha

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Antigone and Siddhartha both attempt to address the conflict between the individual’s actions and its relation to familial obligations. Antigone by Sophocles addresses this by asserting the idea that one’s own moral views, whether it be based in religion or personal beliefs, are superior to the will of one’s family. Siddhartha addresses the individual versus family conflict by similarly asserting, one’s own beliefs should dictate actions. Both of these claims can be seen throughout the works, and will be addressed in this essay. In both works, the protagonist, decides to defy the will of their family members in accordance with their personal beliefs. However the works differ in how Siddhartha acted upon his personal beliefs in accordance with his ideas of the purpose of suffering, while Antigone acted upon a greater belief system as mandated by her gods. The viewpoints of both protagonists are similar in that both acted upon what they believed to be morally and universally correct. The relationship between the individual and others/society, as implicated by Siddhartha is more compelling. It essentially puts forth the idea that, one should act upon one’s own views of what is right, not as based upon a higher power. The work also utilizes spirituality and the connected nature of the universe as an argument to further the previously mentioned idea. The costs associated with hubris are addressed very differently in both works. Both works claim hubris as a positive force. One
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