Antigone 4

Antigone 4 - indignant towards another “People are...

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Another emotion Aristotle describes in On Rhetoric is indignation. “Indignation is when one feels distressed at the evidence of unworthy success” (Aristotle 143). Does Antigone feel indignant towards Creon because of his abrupt rise into power after the death of her two brothers? Before their deaths, Polyneices and Eteocles shared the power of ruling the city of Thebes. Every few years they would switch off, taking turns, ruling the city. This division of power was too difficult for the two brothers to share and ultimately led them to a final battle resulting in the death of each. Antigone’s family had a lengthily history of ruling Thebes. Antigone frequently expresses her familial pride throughout the play, despite her family’s tarnished past. Is Antigone upset at Creon’s sudden rise to power and feels pain at Creon’s “undeserved good fortune” (Aristotle 142)? Aristotle describes this situation as one of the main reasons why a person would feel
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Unformatted text preview: indignant towards another “People are indignant at those having the same advantage if they have recently gotten it and do well because of it; for the newly rich cause more annoyance than those wealthy a long time and by inheritance” (Aristotle 143). Antigone fits Aristotle’s description of an indignant person. She is virtuous and fights for justice; she did not want one of her brothers to receive a proper burial and the other not. Not receiving a proper burial during this time in Ancient Greece was a violation of Divine Law. Antigone did not want to violate Divine Law nor did she want to dishonor her dead brother. Aristotle also describes people who are indignant as ambitious, which Antigone certainly is. Unlike her sister Ismene, Antigone is not afraid of risking her life or standing up for what she believes in. Antigone expresses feelings of indignation towards Creon, according to Aristotle’s definition....
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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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