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Haylee Terrasi-Klempner
English 10/ 2nd hour
Argumentative Essay
Fate! What is fate? I believe Franklin D. Roosevelt hit it right on the spot when he said, “Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.” I also believe Henry Rollins was next to bat when he said, “I don't believe in fate or destiny. I believe in various degrees of hatred, paranoia, and abandonment. However much of that gets heaped upon you doesn't matter - it's only a matter of how much you can take and what it does to you.” In Sophocles’ play Antigone, many if not all of the characters based their mistakes on fate. As do many people in the world. People think that things happen because of fate, but that is not how it happens at all. Things don’t happen because they happen, they happen because you allow them to happen under your own free will!

Antigone was the daughter of Oedipus and Jacasta, rulers of Thebes, and the sister of Polyneices, Eteocles, and Ismene. After her parents died Antigone’s brothers’ decided to share the throne. When it came to trade however Eteocles didn’t want to give up the throne. This caused Polyneices to get angry and form an army and attack his brother. When the war ended both brothers were killed. Antigone’s uncle, Creon, took over the throne. Creon passed a law that if anyone to try and bury Polyneices, they would be sentenced to death.

This however didn’t stop Antigone. Antigone thought that Polyneices deserved a proper burial because she was loyal to him and him to her. Antigone went to her sister Ismene for help but Ismene was scared and didn’t want to break the law. So Antigone went out to bury Polyneices, knowing the consequences. Antigone was caught by the sentry and was taken to the King. This was not at all caused by fate but by the decision Antigone had made.

In order to show Antigone she had made the wrong decision Creon, the king, had decided to sentence Antigone to death. Because Creon decided her sentence he was to blame...
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