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Importance of saying No in antigone

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Kavish Manwani 11E English RRJ In the play Antigone saying "No" is very significant. All the major characters did refuse to do something or the other all throughout the play. All the major characters like Antigone, Creon, and Ismene did say no a lot in this play. Saying "no" can be seen as a sign of stubbornness. All the characters said "no" as they had an obvious reason One of the most significant event in the book is when Ismene said no and decided not to help Antigone in burying Polynices. Ismene believed that "women should not fight with men" and she was also scared that Creon might kill them. This helps to bring about the character of Ismene in the book. She was seen as more of a girl type as compared to Antigone and she believed that men are the only one who dies for ideas and women should not. Ismene was in a state of confusion throughout the play. ...read more.


She had all the reasons to bury Polynices and she was not scared to face her own death. Antigone can't hate but love, this was one of the most important reason why she tried to bury Polynices. Although she knew that she was going to be killed but she believed "that she owed it to him" to give him a good burial. This was the reason in which Antigone was finally killed. "I didn't say yes. I can say no to anything I say vile, and I don't have to count the cost. But because you said yes, all that you can do, for all your crown and your trappings, and your guards-all that your can do is to have me killed", this whole line shows that Antigone said no to all that was vile, King Creon didn't actually want to execute Antigone but he had to as it was his own rule that anyone that tries to bury the body of Polynices will be put to death. ...read more.


King Creon was also very persistent believed and couldn't say no to the law he has made. His tragic flaw was that he was self- righteous and he believed that the divine law can be replaced by the human law and he believed that every women like Antigone should be killed or put to death so there will be natural balance and that no woman can ever best a man. One of the most important conversation in the play was when Antigone said "no to you, and die", then Creon replied by saying that "it is very easy to say no"(pg 51). This whole conversation shows the state of confusion that Creon and Antigone Is in and it also shows the grudge Antigone had. Saying "no" in the play Antigone is very significant in giving or revealing the character of each of the character and also it helps in the plot development. It also gives us an account of each of the character attitude towards life. ...read more.

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