In the beginning of the play, Antigone, the author introduces thesetting by having Creon order his guards to place Antigone under arrest forburying Polyneices. Creon intentionally exposes Polyneices unburied body to thepublic because it instills a sense of fear to the citizens of Thebes, and mostimportantly it demonstrates that he does not tolerate traitors. Antigone defiesCreon’s order to have Polyneices buried as a traitor because of her belief ofkinship over the needs of the state: “‘No Burial of any kind. No wailing, nopublic tears. Give him to the vultures, unwept, unburied, to be a sweettreasure for their sharp eyes and beaks,'” (Sophocles 28-30). I believeAntigone best serves the interests of the people in Thebes because, mostimportantly, she believes religion and obedience to the gods is more importantthan the needs of the state.
It is necessary for the dead to have a properburial so that the spirit of the deceased personcan have a peaceful afterlife. Slavoj Zizek, a cultural philosopher andprofessor, views Antigone promoting an authority of self because she isconcerned with glory and pride when she disobeys Creon. Because of Antigone’srole as a woman in the Theban culture, she is viewed as demanding and stubbornagainst Creon’s order. But if it were to be a man who opposed Creon, he wouldbe seen as courageous and assertive.
Istrongly disagree with Zizek because she is viewed as promoting an authority ofherself only because of the gender conflict between men and women. Prompt: The cultural theorist Slavoj Zizekhas asserted that it is Antigone who represents a totalitarian position, ratherthan the “bad king” Creon. Although Creon represents the authority of thestate, with its structure of laws and leadership, in opposition Zizek seesAntigone as promoting an authority of herself. But one might also interpretAntigone as a fanatic in holding her beliefs (kinship and religion) over theneeds of the state. In your interpretation of the play which of these twocharacters, through their positions, best serves the interests of the Thebans?How do these characters justify their positions? What are the implications ofthe systems that each represents, for the ancient Greeks and for ourselves? Excerpt from paperassignment I disagree with the quiz’s assessmentbecause Creon is a character whose sense of judgement is clouded by hisarrogance and his pride as king of Thebes.
He is so consumed with rage over thefact that his son Haemon supports and defends Antigone. Both sides of the partyare very close minded because they feel so strongly in their beliefs that theirarguments are inequitable. Personally, I am a very open and understandingperson, unlike Creon. I always take other people’s feelings and ideas intoaccount before my own. One example from the text of the play is when Creonarrests Ismene for knowing information about Antigone burying Polyneices’sbody. It is unfair and immoral for Creon to do that because she was notinvolved in her sister’s crime, so she cannot be held accountable for someoneelse’s behavior and actions. Ismene is an innocent character who only trieddiscouraging Antigone from burying Polyneices’ body and meant well throughoutthe entire play. Prompt: Imagine that you took an onlinequiz, “Which Character in AntigoneAre You?” To your surprise, you are identified as Creon.
Explain why you agreeor disagree with the quiz’s assessment. In doing so, identify one example fromthe text of the play in your response. Part C: Micro Essay ofExam 2In chapter 24 of The Daodejing of Laozi, the author states, “Those who make a display of themselves are not illustrious,”(Laozi 24). The chapter demonstrates that one should do things out of the goodof their own heart and not want to be recognized. An example of this would be myfather’s college friend and his family who travel to Haiti to build schools.Personally, I believe that it is great to give, but only to the extent that adifference can be made.
I think my dad’s friend and his children stronglybelieve that volunteering in Haiti is beneficial to others, but what they areactually doing is creating a false sense of selflessness. I believe that toraise awareness, collecting donations and letters to the victims in Haiti wouldbe more practical and beneficial to others. For instance, imagine that yourfriend is in the hospital and you send an enormous floral arrangement, thinkingthat it is the most generous gift to offer, but instead, it just gets in theway of the hospital staff and equipment. Most importantly, sending the flowersdoes not make the patient healthier. A smaller arrangement, such as a bouquetof flowers, or even a stuffed animal would have gotten the sentiment across andbeen more practical. Blog Post 8 In tablet III of The Epic of Gilgamesh, Enkidu and Gilgamesh decide to visit thegoddess Ninsun after speaking to the elders of Uruk in tablet II so that theycan have a successful journey to the Forest of Cedar: “The young men made afervent prayer..
.: ‘Go, Gilgamesh, let…… May your god go before you! May Shamhash let you attain your goal!Gilgamesh and Enkidu went forth…” (George 29). As they both exit the land ofUruk and travel to the Forest of Cedar, Gilgamesh’s primary task is to claimHumbaba’s territory. The concept of change and transformation is portrayedthrough how Gilgamesh is affected by Enkidu. It is interesting because in thebeginning of the story, Enkidu physically represented a challenge to Gilgameshdue to his external appearance such as his stature. Throughout the whole story,even though they are friends, I strongly believe that Gilgamesh will alwaysview Enkidu as competition because of his reputation as part god and ruler. Whenboth confront Humbaba, “Gilgamesh opened his mouth to speak, saying to Enkidu:’My friend, Humbaba’s features have changed! Though boldly we came up to hislair to defeat him, yet my heart will not quickly…'” (41). This quote shows that Gilgamesh is in a veryvulnerable moment and is hesitant in fighting Humbaba, so Enkidu commands hisfriend, “‘Don’t draw back, don’t make a retreat! ……make your blow mighty!'”(41).
Because of Enkidu’s words of encouragement, Gilgamesh wants to prove thathe is not weak, so then “He smote the ground and… faced him head on.” (41).It is interesting how Enkidu does not realize the power that he has againstGilgamesh because he can easily influence his behavior and decisions.
As thereader, I can see that Gilgamesh is starting to become dynamic characterthrough Enkidu. I feel a sense of sympathy towards Gilgamesh because I cansee that he will grow and positively learn from Enkidu. Blog Post 1 In the given illustration of Plato andSocrates, the placement of Plato standing behind Socrates sitting on a chair issignificant because a chair can be viewed as a symbol of power, whichdemonstrates that Socrates is an authoritative figure. Although they share astudent-teacher relationship, it is important to note the placement of bothfigures in the illustration. For example, Plato is on the same physical levelas Socrates, but he is standing on his toes which can mean that he is not quiteat the same intellectual level as him or he is not as wise as Socrates. Thechair represents that they are both divided with separate status, but thelittle space between the two represents that they both share an equitablerelationship. They both respect each other, similar to how Socrates andEuthyphro respect each other’s beliefs when they question their ideas inEuthyphro of The Trials of Socrates.
Forexample, when Socrates asks Euthyphro to discuss the definition of piety andwhy it is so important, Euthyphro responds, “…I say that what’s pious isprecisely what I’m doing now: prosecuting those who commit an injustice…orthose who’ve done some other such wrong…Not prosecuting them, on the otherhand, is what’s impious,” (Plato 5e). Even though they both do not come to ananswer at the end of the section, they both learn something new from each otherthrough their questions, like how Plato learned from Socrates.