Antigone: Big Conecepts

By: Sheli Cohen


I believe Antigone's beliefs of what was right is what had kept her mindset on burying her brother, whom she loved dearly. Even though Ismene, Antigone's sister, was telling her the horrible punishments that could take place if she followed through with the burial, Antigone continued to argue because her brother's death meant more to her than a law. Creon had banned the burial of Antigone's brother, Polyneices, because Creon believed he had betrayed his kingdom. Creon "sworn no one shall bury him, no one mourn for him." Polyneices death hurt Antigone, and adding to it, she was not allowed to properly bury him. Perhaps another part to her act against civil law was to avenge Polyneices's death and prove to Creon, what he says doesn't always go and her brother deserved a proper burial. Antigone also had decreed that if her sister's decision in assisting her would "prove what she is: A true sister, or a traitor to her family." Another part to this vengeance is Creon getting even with Antigone for not obeying what he had said, so he blew things out of proportions to show that she couldn't get away with it. Even the Queen is upset with Creon's actions and says to him "the curse is upon you for both of their deaths." Both deaths are referring to the ones of Antigone and Haemon.

Vengeance examples

Modern Day Examples

Ferguson, Missouri

A large group of protesters all over the country and all over the world are outraged at the outcome of the trial against Darren Wilson. The protestors believe its not right and that Wilson should have gone to prison for the killing of Brown. The way the protesters are "expressing" their thoughts is by rioting, destroying local business's. They believe they are taking revenge, not necessarily on anyone or anything in particular.