English 121 – Period 11
19 March 2012
Honor, ambition, and tragic heroes. These are the literary elements that consist within both, “Antigone”, and, “Julius Caesar”. Both stories have similar conflicts that can relate one way or another. They contrast as well, with there being different conflicts. One where an ambitious ruler attempts to turn Rome into a monarchy, and another where a man who strives to be an overlord refuses to bury a fallen soldier. Both of the plays “Antigone”, and “The Tragedy of Julius Caesar”, have similarities and differences with the literary elements that they use.
One similarity that both plays have is the use of honor. In both plays there is someone very honorable. Brutus is the most honorable character in “Julius Caesar”, and Antigone is the most honorable character is “Antigone”. They both broke the law to do an honorable deed. In doing so, they both ended up dead because of their honorable deed. Also, they both acted upon the divine law of God and did it only because it was the right thing to do, not because they were ambitious.
One difference that these plays have concerning honor, is that in “Julius Caesar”, Brutus, was being encouraged to kill Caesar for the good of Rome and had all of the conspirators supporting him. Whereas Antigone had only herself to go to, and the only person aware of her plan to bury Polyneices was Ismene, and she tried her hardest to convince Antigone to not bury Polyneices because she will be breaking the law.
A couple examples of honorable acts in “Julius Caesar” would be when Brutus allowed Mark Antony to speak at Caesar’s funeral, even though Antony was the enemy. Another example of honor would be when Antony stated that even though Brutus broke the law, he was still the most honorable conspirator of them all. A couple examples of honorable acts in “Antigone” would be when Antigone buried Polyneices because he deserved a proper burial, even...