Family In Antigone, As You Like It, and The Grand Inquisitor

Life and people are always changing, but family is one thing that will never change. Because of this many people believe that you owe everything to your family. The books "Antigone" by Socrates, "As you Like it" by Shakespeare and "The Grand Inquisitor" by Fyodor Dostoyevsky all explain to the listener that family comes above all else. Socrates shows us how loyalty to family in many cases should be more important than loyalty to the state. Socrates also gives us an example of how being unable to listen to your family can affect the rest of your life. Shakespeare gives us an example of how staying loyal no matter the circumstances can help, and Dostoyevsky builds upon Socrates by giving an ...

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the state by attacking it. However, Antigone wants to honor her brother, even though both of her brothers died in the battle while on opposite sides of the fight. She buries her brother without the king's permission. As Antigone talks with her sister Ismene, she explains why they must bury their brother. "Creon buried our brother Eteocles. With military honors, gave him a soldier's funeral, And it was right that he should; but Polyneices, They fought as bravely and died as miserably,-- They say that Creon has sworn No one shall burry him, no one mourn for him,...And now you can prove what you are: A true sister, or a traitor to your family" (15-27). When Ismene says she will not help because the law forbids it, Antigone answers simply with "He is my brother. And he is your brother, too" (33). Through this reasoning, Antigone is saying that state laws do not apply when you are trying to honor your family. By blatantly disobeying the Kings orders, Antigone is showing us that she ...

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all my civic wisdom!" (986-990). By not listening to his heart, and instead trying to do what was best for the state, those dearest to him died, and Creon realizes it is his fault. Through this quote I believe that Socrates is trying to tell us to put those closest to you ahead of some responsibilities you owe to your country. When he says "And all my civic wisdom," Creon is regretting following his civic responsibilities. Had he not have tried to do what was best for the state, and instead listened to his family, he thinks he would not be in the spot he is in now. Although Creon realized his mistakes too late in this book, other texts show how even if you don't look out for your family ...

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Added: 11/9/2015 04:42:01 PM
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