English 10 – Honors
February 4th, 2014
1. “But it is those that are most obstinate suffer the greatest fall.” (Creon says this to Antigone) This example from the short story could be considered dramatically ironic. The reader knows that Creon is the one who is obstinate and will not listen to his son, therefore resulting in him to have the greatest fall. When Creon’s son, Antigone’s fiancé, begs Creon to spare Antigone her life he wouldn’t listen and decided it would be best to kill her. Although he was starting to feel doubtful of his decision, when the time came, it was already too late. Because of his obstinacy and his quick and thoughtless decision, he lost his wife, son, and daughter-in-law. 2. “You shall not marry her this side the grave!” (Creon says this to Haemon) This example from the short story could be considered as situational irony. The reader didn’t expect Haemon and Antigone to get married or even have the chance to be together. Although Haemon talked him out of his decision, at first Creon was planning on killing Antigone. Not only was he planning on killing her, but he also forbid Haemon to get married to her or even see her. Since Creon was both Haemon’s father and the King of Thebes, he felt that he had the authority and enough power to keep Haemon and Antigone from getting married. However, in order to be with Antigone, Haemon decided to commit suicide and there was no way Creon could then stop Antigone and Haemon from being together. From the reader’s perspective, Haemon’s suicide was unexpected and so was the fact that Antigone and Haemon got married. 3. Antigone hanged herself.
This example from Antigone could also be considered as situational irony. Both the reader and the characters expected Antigone to live a happy, care-free life once she was granted her life back. Creon gave in to Haemon’s proposal of allowing Antigone to live, even after she disobeyed Creon and gave her brother a...
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