This quote makes me think of the role of being president. When you are in charge, you do
whatever it takes to make people follow the laws that you enforce. When someone disobeys your
laws, that person will be penalized for it.
This quote makes King Creon sound like our presidents today. Sophocles characterizes Creon
as a harsh authority figure. He is quite hubris and is quite paranoid. When Antigone disobeys
him and burys her brother, he is both embarrassed, because people are already disobeying him
after an hour, and revengeful, because she buried her brother when he told her not to. When
he punishes her by putting her away in a tomb, the author uses the cave to symbolize a burial
without actually burying her so he wouldn't upset the gods.
The world during Ancient Greecian times were quite harsh compared to today. Especially, the
way Sophocles portrays Creon's views and his ideology on things.
This quote is basically describing how when people are flexible and give second chances their
lives usually stay humble. Those kind of people will most likely have less misfortune than others.
Others meaning the people who are to stubborn to admit being wrong or selfish, etc.
The author of Antigone uses this metaphor to portray Creon's attitude. He is being quite
stubborn and strict about his authority. He made a decision to keep Antigone's brothers from
a proper burial, though it was the wrong decision and it went against the gods. When Antigone
buries them anyways, because of his stubborn and paranoid attitude, he doesn't admit he was
and doesn't give her any slack. This second wrong decision causes him even more misfortune and
he becomes cursed by the gods.
In a way, Sophocles is teaching a lesson that has been taught over time. People should be a
little more understanding about some things. If you have too much pride in yourself and are too
stubborn to admit it when you are wrong, then everything basically backfires. For example, when
you are having a controlled debate with someone, and you realize that you are really the one who
has been wrong all along, you make the decision on whether you will have the guts to admit it or
continue debating until you and your "oponent" end up giving each other the "silent treatment". If
have the guts, then you and the other speaker can make up and be merry. If you don't, then you
only hurt yourself.
This quote reminds me of life itself. To me, the quote is basically saying that man makes
his own decisions and whatever decisions that man makes, they will either be rewarded for it or
pay the toll for it. Fate doesn't make your decisions, you do. It's saying that we have freewill to do
what we wish with ourselves.
Sophocles is using this metaphor to explain Antigone's wrong doing. Sure, she did respect
the gods and her brothers, but she did not respect the king and for that she must be punished.
The chorus says, "...your death is the doing of your own concious hand." Sophocles somewhat
personifies Antigone's hand. They explain to her that even though she was morally right, because
she was technically wrong, she brought her death upon herself.
This connects to everyday life. When a criminal commits a crime, then he or she is punished
to whatever extent based upon how great their crime was. Though, unlike Creon, the
pinishments have different levels of harshness depending on how serious the law was broken and
also by how many laws were broken.