Ahmed B. Karim
Antigone Essay (Is Antigone a Feminist/Anti-Feminist Play)
Sunday, Oct. 31, 2000
I think Antigone was a feminist play because of three main facts. Antigone was in all the conflicts, even though Creon started them all, even though Creon had all the power, Antigone still won the war between her and Creon, also no woman in her time would even think of doing the things that Antigone did.
Antigone was in all the conflicts, which include, Antigone vs. Creon, Antigone vs. Ismene, Antigone vs. society, and Antigone vs. herself. In all conflicts showed feminism. In the conflict, Antigone vs. Creon, there was feminism, when Creon asked Antigone if what she did was true and she replied, “I do, I deny nothing,” (Sophocles Prologue 52).
She didn’t hesitate; she said it with total confidence with all her nerves, not caring about the consequences. In the conflict, Antigone vs. Society, Antigone showed feminism when in front of all the people of Thebes. “Thebes, and you my fathers gods, and ruler of Thebes, you see me now the last, unhappy daughter of a live of kings, you kings, led away to death. You will suffer, and what not transgress the laws of heaven” (Sophocles 74-79).
Antigone was explaining to the city of Thebes how she is being suffered because of an act she committed to fulfill her deeds of the laws of the gods in heaven, and from love and passion she had towards her brother, Polynieces. In the conflict Antigone vs. Ismene, when Antigone was explaining to her sister, Ismene, about her plan to bury their brother, Ismene didn’t approve, but Antigone again showed feminism.
The story of Antigone is full of issues regarding leadership and the conflict surrounding these issues. Creon decisions and choices were influenced by his inexperience in leadership. His forceful style leads him straight to disaster which results in losing his son and wife. This disaster was a direct result of his decision to kill Antigone for disobeying his edict regarding the forbidden burial of ...