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Determination in Antigone

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Determination in Antigone Good morning all, my topic is determination in Antigone. Determination plays a very important role in the play Antigone. Despite the important role of fate in the play, most of the characters did everything they could to pursue or to achieve their goals by any means. For instance Antigone was so stubborn and death was not a hindrance for her in achieving her goal. She was very determined to achieve her goal that is to bury her brother Polynices. We can see a lot of determination in all the characters in the play Antigone. Every specific character has their own goal and determination which helps them to get to where they want to be. Let's start with Antigone. Antigone is the protagonist here and we can see a lot of determination in her character. She was very self righteous and her reason for going against the law is that Creon the king ordered his men to not bury Polynices as he betrayed the country. ...read more.


She was not afraid of death. The line "I'm not playing games" shows her resilience and also shows that she was serious and knew the punishment of going against the law very well. The line "I must go and bury my brother" on page 45 again emphasizes her determination in achieving her goal. She had to carry on; she feels that it is her duty towards Polynices. Antigone was also very determined to die. She wanted to die; death was seen as something very respectable. She did not want the second chance Creon offers her. "Have me put to death" this line clearly shows she insisted on dying. the most important line in the whole book according to me is when Antigone said to Creon "I am here to say no to you, and die" this line really shows her true nature and her determination on going against whatever Creon says and also emphasizes her determination to die. Jean Anouilh's style of writing is such that it makes sure that the audience know that there was no conflict in Antigone's mind and also tells the reader that Antigone wants to die. ...read more.


"I cant stop them" this line shows that Creon could have stopped the guards from taking Antigone but he was determine to abide to the laws he has created. Creon was a very determined character as shown by jean Anouilh. Eurydice was Creon's wife. She was also a very determined character. She knits a lot. She is very determined in doing her work and she never stopped knitting. After hearing the news that Haemon died, she continued knitting and after a while she stopped and then killed herself. The thread is a symbolism of her life. Ismene I think lacked determination. She was not sure what to do. She was always in a conflict. At first Ismene decided not to help Antigone because she wants to abide the law and she feels women should not fight with men. She tried to influence Antigone but she was not successful. Then Ismene decided to die with Antigone, but she was not allowed as Antigone thinks she didn't deserve to die. This shows that she lacked determination. I think determination is one of the most important theme in the play. Every character is driven by determination to achieve their goal. ...read more.

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