Antigone 1

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On Rhetoric discusses the differences between anger and enmity, or hate. In Sophocles’ Antigone , Creon exhibits qualities that On Rhetoric defines as enmity towards Antigone, Antigone’s sister Ismene, as well as their dead brother, Polyneices. Creon refuses to allow the burial of Polyneices because, he claims, Polyneices has dishonored the city and attempted to destroy it. Creon orders the people of Thebes not to honor the dead body of Polyneices: “You shall leave him without burial; you shall leave him chewed up by birds and violated” (Sophocles 224-225). Antigone is very upset by this and takes it upon herself to decide which laws should be obeyed. Antigone decides to follow the laws of the gods and burry her dead brother, contradicting what the King has ordered. Creon explains his orders to a confused Antigone, “My enemy is still my enemy, even in death” (Sophocles 575). This is a display of hatred, according to Aristotle. On page 127 of On Rhetoric , Aristotle states “The former [anger] is curable in time, the latter [hatred
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This note was uploaded on 02/28/2009 for the course ENGL 100 taught by Professor Mcbride during the Spring '09 term at Tulane.

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