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A comparison of the similarities and oppositions of the behavior of the characters in "Antigone" by Jean Anouilh and "The Bet" by Anton Chekhov"

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World Literature 2: A comparison of the similarities and oppositions of the behavior of the characters in "Antigone" by Jean Anouilh and "The Bet" by Anton Chekhov" Candidate Name: Irkab Demha Candidate Number: 000885 005 Naseem International School Total Word Count: 1,425 The characters in both texts "Antigone" and "The Bet" have simiiar approaches in achieving their goal. In "Antigone", she decides to put her own life on the line in order to have her brother buried and in "The Bet", the young lawyer decides to put up fifteen years of his life in order to prove his point. Although these two goals are very different, the behaviors of the characters in approaching their goals show the same level of determination as well as hardship. These approaches that each character has taken in trying to reach their goal, has also resulted in significant changes in their behavior. In addition to the characters that are determined to achieve their goal, each in their own way have rivai characters which try to infiuence the outcome of their progress. For instance, in "Antigone", Creon plays the roie of trying to convince Antigone to stop what she is doing. This is similar to that of the old banker in "The Bet", in which he decides and tries to stop the young lawyer from wining their bet. At the same time, these rival characters also act as the opposites of Antigone and the young lawyer, as they would have opposing opinions on the matter. ...read more.

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These opposing characters have features that are opposite to that of Antigone and the young lawyer, as well as their attempts to try and convince or stop them from attempting or succeeding in their goals. With Antigone, she has an opposite as well as a rival. Ismene (Antigone's sister) was her opposite, at the very beginning of the novel; she was against Antigone's idea of burying their brother. This is similar to that of the old banker in a way that they are different. The role of the old banker is similar to that of Ismene, in which he tries to discourage the young banker. In addition to this, each character also has a rival that attempts to stop them from achieving their goal. In "Antigone", Creon is the character who tries to convince Antigone not to continue with trying to bury her brother. The conversation that Creon has with Antigone illustrates his attempt in trying to stop Antigone from burying her brother. This situation is similar to that when the old banker decides; on the day before their bet is complete, to murder the young lawyer to stop him from wining their bet. In this way, his behavior is similar to that of Creon, although their intentions may be different. In the same way, their approaches at attempting to stop Antigone and the young lawyer are the same as well. ...read more.

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From these letters, and their actions, we can see that neither of the two character have any interest in being presented to the public. The young lawyer had no intention of wining the bet or giving his thoughts about his time while imprisoned as written in the letter to the public. Antigone, as well, had no intentions to be a public martyr, since she wished not to have the mob enter the palace to see her. Other peculiar similarities that existed between Antigone and the young lawyer is that they both wished to be protected from what they had to face. However, the way in which each of them approached this case differently, in that Antigone wished to be comforted by her Nurse, where as the young lawyer thought it was important not to have wine and cigarettes in his room in order not to make his imprisonment more unendurable. In conclusion, both Antigone and the young lawyer behaved and approached the end of their time, either being their death, or the end of their imprisonment, in the same manner. They both wished to prove their point at first, and reaching towards the end, the each had significant changes in their intentions, however different they may be. In addition to these two characters, the old banker and Creon also played similar roles in trying to stop their counterparts from achieving their goals. Nevertheless, in the end, they were both relieved from their counterparts as each of them departed in their own way. ...read more.

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