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Antigone + Interview POL 201

Antigone + Interview POL 201 - he wanted to achieve •...

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Antigone Oppostitions: Oikos vs. poltikos o (household vs. politics) Political order vs. Individual conscience Man vs. Women Higher Law vs. Positive Law o Examples of Positive Laws are the laws written into the US Constitution o Higher Law is based off of what is ethical right or wrong and by religion. In Antigone, Antigone protest Creon’s law by burying her brother against his law, and she points out that if Zeus told her not to bury her brother she would have obliged. “Fire burns the same both in Greece and in Persia, but people’s ideas of right and wrong vary from place to place.” Questions 1. How might one defend Creon’s position? That he is trying to preserve his nation, no matter if his people thinks that his methods are questionable. 2. What is tyranny? When a leader doesn’t listen to his people and that their word is law. Creon is a tyrant because he didn’t listen to his advisors (the Chorus) and only did what
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Unformatted text preview: he wanted to achieve. • Creon is partial, that he is bias, and that he only wants his own perspective to be the only way heard and followed. • “And no one else can speak or think as well as he does” • Antigone could also be attributed with being partial and that she does’t listen to her sisters pleas and is close-minded. 3. Is Antigone a feminist? How does she both exemplify and subvert the traditional role of women? • She is diverting from traditional role of a woman by not listening to Creon’s order and also she exemplifies it by burying her family. Bill Moyer’s Interview with Martha Nussbaum on Greek Tragedy 1. Which ideas in this video did you find most interesting, and why? • That Lyndon Johnson refused to have his children taken out of the Vietnam war and that his work superseded his family life. 2. How might you apply Nussbaum’s ideas to Antigone? Notes:...
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