The Importance Of Being Earnest By Oscar Wilde

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In the eyes of the world, society has set standards that are unobtainable. Every person is a product of the culture they live; they are dictated how to act and their social interactions, pretty much how to live. That being said, it sometimes causes problems between being one true self and conforming to the ideas of society. Characters from Antigone by Sophocles and The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde both have trials and tribulations with societies. Throughout the entire play, Antigone battles with the fact that sometimes you have to make a difficult decision in order to obtain the good life. She struggles with the fact of whether or not to go against her Uncle Creon’s proclamation and bury her brother Polynices, the traitor. Antigone sees no validity in law if it disregards family. She’s willing to die for her family because it’s her own kin. That’s why as Antigone was being lead to her death, she states she wouldn’t defy Creon if it were her child or husband because those are replaceable. But seeing as both of her parents are dead, the option of having another brother was not possible. When Creon found out that she tries to bury her brother, she states: “I did not intend to pay the penalty to the gods for violating these laws in fear of some man’s opinion, for I know I will die” (Sophocles line 470). Antigone believes that she’s not breaking the law of the gods nor justice, just the law of an unjust man. So in her eyes, it’s leading her to the good life
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