Stand out quotes of Antigone
1. “If you think what I’m doing now is stupid,
perhaps I’m being charged with foolishness by someone who’s a fool” (Sophocles469)
This quote is very impressive. At this point in the play Antigone has been caught breaking the laws Creon has set forth by burring her own brother. When confronted with these charges she does not deny committing them, nor does she deny her knowledge of these laws. She flat out tells Creon that she is doing what is right and if he begs to differ than he is the fool and not herself. This impresses me because she is having the bravery to say to the king that he is foolish. I relate to this quote because in my own life I’ve had situations where I was confronted by authority figures who felt I was wrong and called me out for it when in fact I knew what I was doing was right. In situations like this I, like Antigone, would call out the true fools and tell them the error of their ways. Sometimes I did prove my point and was forgiven for my actions, other times I was not listened to and therefore condemned for my own “foolishness” for trying to argue an unarguable point.
2. “So leave me and my foolishness alone—
we’ll get through this fearful thing. I won’t suffer anything as bad as a disgraceful death.”(Sophocles97)
This line is the first of the book to show the true Antigone. Here Ismene is trying to convince Antigone that what she is doing is foolish and will end in her own demise. With this Antigone bluntly tells her sister that she does not care what she thinks and that she knows she is right. She says that even if she dies for sticking up for her beliefs, it is better than to die disgracefully by not standing up for your own values. This part is exceptionally meaningful to me, and all others with religious morals. Many times I have experiences, and seen others experience ridicule and harsh hazing for religious beliefs. Some times it is to much for a person of week will to handle and they give in to this ridicule, this fear of being out casted or even punished for their personal values. I know I’ve been guilty of this, of denouncing my beliefs in order to conform, to fit in or avoid any kind of punishment such as Ismene did. Other times I’ve found this fear empowering, and actually increasing my faith and forcing me to stick with my morals such as Antigone did. So I understand where both of these characters are coming from.
3. “To foster evil actions,
to make them commonplace among all men,
nothing is as powerful as money.
It destroys cities, driving men from home.
Money trains and twists the minds in worthy men,
so they then undertake disgraceful acts.
Money teaches men to live as scoundrels, familiar with every profane enterprise. But those who carry out such acts for cash
sooner or later see how for their crimes
they pay the penalty.” (Sophocles295)
The truest of all the statements Sophocles ever made was this quote. In this line Creon is suspicious of the guards being paid off to burry Polyneices’ body. This line is more powerful than any line of all literature due to its inescapable truth. Too often has money corrupt man; too often has money ruined lives. Though the context in which Creon is stating this may be wrong, because the guards were not bribed, it is still 100% true and 100% powerful. I fully agree with the ideas of this quote. I know that I, myself, have given up morals, values, and personal beliefs for money. I’ve lied, cheated, and stolen for the all mighty dollar. I couldn’t help myself at those times, just as Sophocles wrote, “nothing is as powerful as money” and it is true. I’ve seen it bend men against their will, forcing...