Connecting Essay #1 - Antigone and Focused Leader

Connecting Essay #1 - Antigone and Focused Leader - Answer...

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Answer each question below with a well-crafted response --- thesis, support, and conclusion. “Support” means your answers refer to specific passages in the text, for example a specific line from Antigone, a quote from Goldman, and/or other material we have discussed in class. 1) Read the discussion between Antigone and Creon on Page 17, line 27 to Page 18 line 30. How does this discussion illustrate each character's core values ? Discuss how Creon's and Antigone's core values direct their actions. Don’t forget to support your analysis with specific references to the text. The core values of Antigone and Creon differ from each other strikingly, with the former focus on law, order and community, and the latter emphasize on freedom, love and equality. In his dialogue with Antigone, Creon associates the heroine’s “act of grace” to “crime” (17, 42). To him, breaking the enacted rules is egregious, therefore, the lawbreaker is unpardonable regardless of the good intention. His condemnation of the defiant character underscores the significant role of laws and regulation in his core values. This absolute adherence to laws is again illustrated when he perceives Polyneices as a “criminal” who “destroy this land the other guarded” (18, 11). His strict interpretation of the regulations establishes his particular moral standard that endures no violation of either the rules or his values. However, he tends to overlook the flexibility of law in application. The worship of rules drives him to apply the same standard to his kin, a decision that is likely to be deemed relentless by many others but is perfectly justified by his value. He perceives Antigone’s stubbornness as incompatible with his edicts and punishes inexorably those whose values diverge from his: “then go down there, if you must love, and love the dead” (18, 29-30). Creon’s demand of absolute obedience can be interpreted as necessary to preserve order—another of his core values. His reaction to Antigone’s defiance might not be as dramatic if her action doesn’t challenge his authority. In his perspective, insubordination, under any circumstance, must receive punishment; otherwise, his authority will be undermined and the order will be threatened. Indeed, in his assertion that “no woman rules me while I live,” he reveals his reasoning behind such punishment—he endures no challenge let alone such from a woman. Deeming them both as “enemy,” he might also equate Antigone’s behavior to that of Polyneices as both post a threat to the established authority (18, 23). Additionally, his value of community is evident as he questions if Antigone is “ashamed to think alone” (17, 29). In his perspective, unsupported personal insistence is unsustainable as it will eventually generate shame and self-doubt. He believes in recognition of the community therefore is incredulous that Antigone can dismiss public opinion by dedicating entirely to her own values. Unlike the other two values which motivates him to sentence Antigone to death, his value in community forces him to reconsider his ruthless decision. He has to take the response
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