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In the context of Antigone and The Outsider, we see real nobility in the characters Antigone and Meursault. In displaying unrelenting honesty in their actions and scorn for the authorities in their societies, they serve as an aspiration

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In the context of "Antigone" and "The Outsider", we see 'real nobility' in the characters Antigone and Meursault. In displaying unrelenting honesty in their actions and scorn for the authorities in their societies, they serve as an aspiration to us today because of their daring to break out of social restrictions, reminiscent of a hero. Additionally, their proud acceptance of death shows their deep indifference to fate. While traditionally, heroes are expected to be virtuous, 'admired or idealized for courage' with 'outstanding achievements' (Oxford), in a modern context, more credit is given to the anti-hero, who fights against restrictions, thus bringing about the new definition of 'real nobility'. We should keep in mind that a literary hero is "not necessarily someone who ends up doing good, but is the protagonist or narrator of the story who goes through some sort of life change over the course of the plot" (Campbell): Antigone and Meursault emerge as iconic figures through their exhibitions of courage and achievements in their own unorthodox. ...read more.

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In The Outsider, Meursault shows scorn for the expectations in his society. In the dialogue between him and the priest, he says that 'something seemed to break inside [him], and [he] started yelling at the top of [his] voice.' This verbally aggressive outbreak of his shows accumulated resentment towards society, as the priest is symbolic of societal beliefs. Therefore, in the modern definition of nobility, as shown by the anti-heroes Antigone and Meursault, scorn is a crucial ingredient. Courage, an important part of nobility, is seen in traditional heroes as being virtuous. In the Anti-hero however, this is displayed through defiance and rebellion. We see how Antigone and Meursault defy the laws of the states through their own methods. Antigone 'intend[s] to bury [her brother], when it has been forbidden to the city'. Sophocles juxtaposes Antigone against Ismene in this scene, highlighting Antigone's courage and defiance as well as Ismene's insipid character. ...read more.

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We see how through the course of the plot, Antigone and Meursault stick to their beliefs, against their society's tolerance. When caught performing burial rituals for her brother, Antigone just "stood there and denied nothing". Similarly, Meursault does not defend himself for his act of murder. In the face of death, society itself has an emotional harsh response whereas Meursault embraces his death with quiet dignity. This is also seen in Antigone, where she says that 'it is noble for [her] to die doing this [for her brother]'. Their welcoming and acceptance of death demonstrated their indifference to any outcome, and steers our sympathy towards the protagonist encompassing this trait of a hero. Hence, the characters, by not following society's conventions and in doing so reveals the flaws of the society's system represents "real nobility" and are literally "real", making it feels as if they are closer to us. ?? ?? ?? ?? "Real nobility is based on scorn, courage, and profound indifference." ...read more.

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