antigone quote analysis

(128) “O think . . .: we are women; it is not for us to fight against men; our rulers are stronger than we,And we must obey in this, or worse than this. May the dead forgive me, I can do no otherBut as I am commanded; to do more is madness.” Ismene is speaking to Antigone Antigones sister is very conventional and believes women should do what men tell them to do. Women should follow the rules that are given to them. Signifigance: Antigone is willing to break the mold to do what she believes is right.
(128) ” We have only a little time to please the living,But all eternity to love the dead.There I shall lie for ever. Live, if you will;Live, and defy the holiest laws of heaven.” Antigone is talking to Ismene. Antiogne is saying that you have an eternity with the afterworld but the living is only temporary. Matriorcal vs patriarcol
(129) “The army of . . . was gathered against us,In angry dispute his voice was lifted again us,Like a ravening bird of prey he swooped around usWith white wings flashing, with flying plumes,With armed hosts ranked in thousands.” The chorus is talking about polynices Their telling the story about what happened with the wars. GO BACK TO
(134) “Blasphemy, to say the gods could give a thought to carrion flesh! A man who came to burn their temples down,Ransack their holy shrines, their land, their laws?No not they. No.” CREAON IS talking to sentry.Contexts: The guard comes to creon and says polynices body was found and someone was trying to burry him. Chorus thinks this is an act of the gods and creon doesn’t believe it.
(135) ” Well, heaven send they find him. But whether or not,They’ll not find me again, that’s sure. Once free,Who never thought to see another day,I’ll thank my lucky star, and keep away Sentry is talking to creon Sentry doesn’t want to have anything to do with what creaon is requesting. Creaon wont admit that hes wrong. He cants show his weakness as a ruler.
(136) ” O wondrous subtlety of man, that drawsTo good or evil ways! Great honour is givenAnd power to him who upholdeth his country’s lawsAnd the justice of heaven.But he that, too rashly daring, walks in sinIn solitary pride to his life’s end.At door of mine shall never enter inTo call me friend.” The chorus is mimiking/ criticizing creaon.
“I can’t say / I’ve ever valued anyone else’s life More than my own, and that’s the honest truth.” Sentry is talking to creon. Context: sesentry doesn’t want to get introuble so hes turning in Antigone
( 138) “That order did not come from God. Justice,That dwells with the gods below, knows no such law.I did not think your edicts strong enoughTo overrule the unwritten unalterable lawsOf God and heaven, you being only a man.” Antigone is talking to creon Antigone knew it wasnt ok by creons laws but by gods laws she needed to bury her brother because it was the right thing to do.
“Go then, and share your love among the dead. We’ll have no women’s law here, while I live.” Creon is talking to AntigoneDefines Antigone and what she stands for. Both brothers died so they should both be honored. Antigones way is to show love not hate.
(143) “Roving ambition help many a man to good,And many it falsely lures to light desires,Till failure trips them unaware, and they fallOn the fire that consumes them.” The chorus is talking about creaons stupidity.Creaon has to much pride and it will trip him and work against him. Creons happiness is going to end pretty soon.
(143) “I am your son, sir; by your wise decisionsMy life is ruled, and them I shall always obey.I cannot value any marriage-tieAbove your own good guidance” Haemon is talking to creaonHaemon is going to do whatever his dad tells him to. Lives by his fathers laws
(144) “Therefore, I hold to the law,And will never betray it – least of all for a womanBetter be beaten, if need be, by a man,Than let a woman get the better of us.” Creaon talking to haemenCreaons saying being a ruler means you have to do what the law says. If you listen to what a women tells you, you are going to make the wrong descition.
(145) “Let not your first thought be your only thought.Think if there cannot be some other way.Surely, to think your own the only wisdom,And yours the only word, the only will,Betrays a shallow spirit, and empty heart.” Hamen talking to his dad creon.Hamens suggesting to creon that the wrong thing to do is killing Antigone. Is it possible dad, that your wrong about this? This makes hamen a stronger character.
(145) “That good as it is to have infallible wisdom, Since this is rarely found, the next best thing Is to be willing to listen to wise advice.” Hamen talking to his dadIts really rare that a humans are always right. Therefor, the next best thing, is to be able to consider good advise that isn’t your own.
(149) “My father … my parents … O hideous shame!Whom now I follow, unwed, curse-ridden,Doomed to this death by the *ill-starred marriageThat marred my brother’s life.” Antigone talking to the chorusShe is ashamed of her parents. And feels that her siguation is because she is being punished for her parents sin.*the “ill-starred marriage,” is Polynices marriage to the princess of Argive, whose army joined him in trying to take-over Thebes.
“O but I would not have done the forbidden thingFor any husband or for any son.For why? I could have had another husband And by him other sons, if one were lost; But, father and mother lost, where would I get Another brother?” Antigone is talking to the chorusAntigone is explaining why she is willing to die for her brother. She can never have another brother (if her husband or son died, she can have another but she cannot have another brother due to her parents being dead.) MATRIOGICAL
(154) “You shall have given a son of your own loins To death, in payment for death—two debts to pay:One for the life that you have sent to death,The life you have abominably entombed;One for the dead still lying above the groundUnbuired, unnonoured, unblest by the gods below” Teiresias talking to creon TEIRESIAS IS A BLIND PROFET, he says the futureContext: Teiresias was trying to advise creon to change his mind. He is saying your going to pay the price for this desition for killing Antigone and for not burying polineisith by losing your own son.
(153) “Pay do the dead his due. Wound not the fallen.It is no glory to kill and kill again.My words are for your good, as is my will,And should be acceptable, being for your own good.” Teiresias is talking to creaonYou neeed to be open to other peoples wise advise. This quote is his wise advise. Hes saying theirs no good in killing
(157) “Creon was once an enviable man; He saved his country from her enemies. Assumed the sovereign power, and bore it well, The honoured father of a royal house. Now all is lost. . . .” Messanger talking to chorus.The messanger is relating hoe creon is getting what was coming to him for his bad descition making and pride.( his family is dead and hes alone)creaon ahs lost his credibility as a ruler
(162) “Of happiness the crown And chiefest partIs wisdom, and to hold The gods in awe.” This is the law That, seeing the stricken heart Of pride brought down, We learn when we are old.” The chorus is talking to creonIt takes creon loosing his son, and his wife to admit that he was wrong. You only learn things till its to late. He should have relied on the law of the gods like Antigone and not mans law. Antiognes way of doing things is the morally correct way. Do not let pride govern your descistions

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