Antigone: Divine Law vs. Human Law
Antigone: Divine Law vs. Human Law The play entitled Antigone was written by a man named Sophocles, a scholarly author of philosophy and logic. The play Antigone is probably one of the most prominent interpretations of a tragic drama. The two main characters of the play are Antigone and Creon. There is much conflict between Antigone and Creon throughout the play, both of them having their own ideas and opinions regarding divine law versus human law. The theme that I am going to analyze is the conflict of divine law vs. human law. The reason for this is because this theme seems to control the whole play. It is an issue of which law is the "right" law, and if Creon's and Antigone's acts were justifiable. The play Antigone can be summarized by the following: King Creon lets it be known that Polyneices the traitor is not to be buried, but his sister Antigone defies the order because of the values she holds. She is caught, and sentenced by Creon to be buried alive - even though she is to be married to his son Haemon. After the blind prophet Tiresias proves that the gods are on Antigone's side, Creon changes his mind - but too late. He goes first to bury Polyneices, but Antigone has already hanged herself. When Creon arrives at the tomb, Haemon attacks him and then kills himself. When the news of their death is reported, Creon's wife Eurydice takes her own life. Creon ends up
Karly Hall September 30, 2002 Period 3 Antigone Essay In any story or piece of literature, there will always be the main characters to fill the pages with incessant adventure. The characters whose names appear on almost every page and the characters whose actions the story revolves around. However, a story will also always have its minor characters. These are the characters that contribute heavily to the plot, yet aren't mentioned quite as often and are underestimated regarding their importance in the story. In the Greek masterpiece, Antigone, the author Sophocles construed a myriad of minor characters that contributed to the story in numerous ways. Ismene, one of Oedipus' daughters, was created to foil the main character, Antigone. Haemon, the son of Creon, took the role of adding controversy and showing his father revenge for all the trouble he caused Thebes. And finally, Tiresias, an elderly blind prophet, was constructed to diminish Creon's hubris. Firstly, Ismene's character was created primarily to foil that of Antigone's. When Antigone initially discussed her plans to contest the King's orders, Ismene was against it and tried to argue with her sister, hoping to dispel the plan from her mind. In lines 71-74, Ismene states during her argument, "...think what a death we'll die, the worst of all if we violate the laws and override the fixed decree of the throne, it's
The Financial Crisis The global financial crisis is a major financial crisis, the worst of its kind since the Great Depression. It became prominently visible in September 2008 with the failure, merger or conservatorship of several large United States-based financial firms. The underlying causes leading to the crisis had been reported in business journals for many months before September, with commentary about the financial stability of leading U.S. and European investment banks, insurance firms and mortgage banks consequent to the subprime mortgage crisis. The main cause of the credit crunch goes back to around a decade ago, a problem was going on that did not seem like a problem at the time it seemed beneficial for banks to do was going on. This problem is called subprime lending and still goes on today. Back in the 1990s, taxes were low at the rate of around 2%, in America which meant more people could afford to buy houses and take out mortgages from banks. But as tax raised, the current jobs that people had so many years ago could not support the mortgage they had to pay. Banks had to do something about it since they had so much unpaid debt which people are calling toxic debt. Toxic debt is basically a debt were the bank knows it can not be paid off so they are unable to make a profit. They decided they will sell the debt to other banks and told them how much the debt is
Greg Cole 11BH GCSE Drama Coursework "Antigone" During this coursework, I intend to write a description of the activities that I have taken part in during the assessment period. I will try to analyse what I've done, why I have done it and how it has helped me to understand the play "Antigone" The first thing that the class did was to sit as a group and discuss a news report on a curfew for under-16's. I felt quite strongly against this, because I felt like it was infringing on any of the under-16's rights. Miss Denton then informed us afterwards that the whole story was made up, but even though the stimulus was fake, it still provoked a very real emotional response in disagreement from the class. Next lesson, we sat around the room with our eyes closed and Miss Denton provided us with a verbal stimulus about being 'trapped' somewhere. We were then asked who we were and who we thought of when we heard the stimulus. When I heard it, I instantly thought of Nelson Mandela, and felt like I could almost associate with his plight. I was really drawn in to the character in my mind and almost actually 'became' the person. This stirred up a large emotional build-up inside me and by using the monologue I was able to release the 'tension' that I had built up. In the monologue, I went on to say that I was imprisoned somewhere for wanting equal rights for both coloured people and
The chase that ended his life Another hard working, tiring day at university goes by as I meander down the countryside roads; I could see the sun scorching in my eyes as the blitzing birds tweeted in the distance. I walk down this road every day to college, it's a very quiet road were the majority of the population is elderly. The clouds were building up in the blue dreamy sky as there were signs of rain coming later on the day. As I was walking I could hear echoes like someone was crying for help, I carried on walking as normal until I saw a peculiar car with tinted out windows in the centre of the road with a vulnerable man getting dragged out of the car. I couldn't breathe I said to myself "what should I do". The body was getting dragged into the car park as I glared all I could see was the endless stream of scarlet red droplets of blood trickling on the road. I decided to go towards the car park and help the helpless man as he was fighting for his life. I followed the trail of blood to a nearby alleyway I just stood in disbelief as the murderer neglected the body in the alleyway and made a getaway for it. As he walked away from the alleyway he peered in the distance as he had a quick glance at me and he was heading towards me. I could see him wearing a black balaclava with his beady blue eyes glaring at me. I decided to make a run for it as I knew what this guy was
The Spartan armys superiority in battle was a reflection of the values they had learned more than their tactics on the battlefield. Discuss.
“The Spartan army’s superiority in battle was a reflection of the values they had learned more than their tactics on the battlefield.” The Spartan Army was widely considered one of the greatest military states in the whole of Greece. It was one of the leading states in Greece with its Army standing at the centre of the Spartan state, a Spartans purpose in life was to serve the state and fight for the welfare of Spartans. Spartans were subjected to military drills right from birth; this was so the intensity of war was experienced well before they actually took part in combat. When Sparta was at its height in the 6th to 4th centuries BC, it was commonly accepted that "one Spartan was worth several men of any other state." “Son. Either with this or on this.” Spartan mothers would say this to their sons referring to their personal shield; this would be mentioned before departing for war. This meant that a Spartan must win his battles or die trying, he should not retreat and become a deserter as that would be shameful and against the teachings of Spartan society. Spartans were greatly committed to their cause; by being committed this greatened their fighting skills as they had no fear of death and believed that to die a, ‘beautiful death,’ was a death worthy of greatness. Spartans also believed they could conquer all lands, this meant that they felt there were no
Aeneas as a hero - comparing the Roman and Greek ideals.
Aeneas is strong willed enough to be a hero Roman idea of a hero A roman idea of a hero was that they had to brave, courageous, loyal. Duty- knowing what had to be done, what they should do, no matter what. Pius/Pietas. “So ran the speech. Burdened and sick at heart, He feigned hope in his look, and inwardly Contained his anguish” Book 1. Shows the problems of leadership: even though Aeneas feels saddened for the loss of their friends, he tries to hide his grief so he could keep up the survivors’ spirits. "I am Aeneas, duty-bound, and known Above high air of heaven by my fame, Carrying with me in my ships our gods Of hearth and home, saved from the enemy. I look for Italy to be my fatherland, And my descent is from all-highest Jove." Book 1. This is how Aeneas introduced himself to a huntress he meets in the forest of Libya (the huntress is his mother, Venus, in disguise). This reveals how much his mission and responsibilities make up his identity. “Duty-bound, Aeneas, though he struggled with desire To calm and comfort her in all her pain, To speak to her and turn her mind from grief, And though he sighed his heart out, shaken still With love of her, yet took the course heaven gave him And went back to the fleet.” We see clearly how Aeneas “struggles with desire” for a different life. He acted against his own feelings which made him a
"'Pompeii had a fair and effective form of government' Discuss"
Transfer-Encoding: chunked ‘Pompeii had a fair and effective form of government.’ How far do you agree with this view? In Pompeii, the government system was largely successful but did have some flaws. In this essay I will be examining the ways in which the Pompeian government was fair and effective as well as in the ways it was not. When Pompeii was rediscovered in 1748 the archaeologists found the town to be in good condition not only due to the pyroclastic surge but also because of the way the Pompeian government at the time effectively dealt with the 62AD earthquake. The archaeologists found that when Mt Vesuvius erupted, Pompeii was under construction pulling down old buildings and replacing them with new, updated ones showing that the government at the time had quickly responded to the natural disaster and turned it into an opportunity to better the city. The government could also be seen as effective as there was evidence of several offices discovered inside the Curia and Basilica so jobs in government must have been seen as important in Pompeian society. The government in Pompeii may have also been fair as everyone with a position in government had been chosen by the general public. The ‘duovirs’ were in charge of the everyday running of the city and shared power so that all important decisions were made collectively. They also managed the public
Romeo and Juliet
"My only love sprung from my only hate!" (Romeo and Juliet, pg. 30). In Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, it talks about a pair of lovers, born from feuding families, which continue to love each other even though they are hiding this relationship from their families. The price for their love is death, which leads to the relief between the Capulets and the Montagues. From the very beginning of this play, both bad luck and fate have both contributed to the tragic death of Romeo and Juliet. A significant contribution of bad luck to their death was the letter that got stopped on the way to Mantua. This letter was from Friar Lawrence, informing Romeo of Juliet's feigned death. The friar assumed that everything was going to work out. Juliet takes the sleeping potion and plunges into a deep sleep. Meanwhile, Friar John, asked to deliver this letter to Romeo was stopped because of an infectious disease. When Friar Lawrence found out about this situation, he says, "Unhappy fortune! By my brotherhood, The letter was not nice, but full of charge," (Romeo and Juliet, pg. 103). Friar Lawrence talks about the bad luck that have struck these lovers and contributed to their death. "Love, give me strength, and strength shall help afford." (Romeo and Juliet, pg. 88). Juliet takes this vial for the sake of Romeo, her husband, trusting that the letter will reach Romeo. She believed her love for
Science case study
SMOKING BAN GULEED SUDI 11D CONTENTS PAGE: * Introduction: 3 * Scientific background: 4 * For and Against: 16 * Comparing For and Against: 19 * Conclusion: 22 * Bibliography: 23 INTRODUCTION For my GSCE science coursework I have been assigned to study a scientific question in detail. The question I have chosen to study is "Should there be a smoking ban?" and the reason I have chosen this question is because it is a very contemporary topic which will affect more or less everybody in the UK. The smoking ban will be introduced on the 1st of July 2007 and smoking will be unlawful in public and enclosed work places forward of this date. The smoking ban has been made to ensure that there is the least possible passive smoke (passive smoke is just other peoples smoke and is also known as second-hand smoke.) "Definition of a reliable source: Reliable sources are authors or publications regarded as trustworthy or authoritative in relation to the