Three Female Characters In Greek Tragedies Essay — страница 2

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had slain Lauis. The witness verifies the truth to Oedipus and their stories match. Jocasta prays to Apollo that Oedipus won?t be so worrisome. “What should a man fear? . . . Better to live at random, Live as if there?s no tomorrow!” (215) She wants him to be calm, for she believes he did not do it. Both Jocasta and Oedipus are excited to hear the news of Polybus? passing. This meant that Oedipus did not kill his father. The messenger also verifies that Oedipus? father was not Polybus? but Lauis. “Oh no, I beg you, don?t do this . . .No, please, I want the best for you.” (222-3) Oedipus? thirst for the truth is too strong and he discovers the truth. His mother is Jocasta and his father is Lauis. As a result, Jocasta, horrified, runs to her chambers and hangs herself.

Oedipus then follows after and gauges his eyes. He suffers from his own curse and banishes himself faraway. In Antigone, a war if fought and the invading armies of Argos have been driven from Thebes. Creon, who is now king, orders that all the dead invaders are to be left unburied for the birds and beasts. Antigone, Oedipus? daughter, demands for her brother?s proper burial, despite the Creon?s orders. Antigone?s sister, Ismene, on the other hand, is a typical subservient woman. ” He has no right to keep me from my own.” (61) Despite the disagreement between the two sisters, Ismene and Antigone, Antigone will follow through with some burial rites for her brother. Ismene agrees to keep Antigone?s intentions a secret, but that is all. Anigone replies, “Dear god, shout it from

the roof tops. I?ll hate you all the more for silence-tell the world!” (64) The sentry guards report to Creon that someone has lightly dusted the body with dirt. Creon is furiated and has Antigone captured and buried alive. Antigone is brave and accepts her punishment. “I chose to die . . . I gave myself to death,” (88) The prophet Tireseas predicts more tragedy as a result of Creon?s defiance of the Gods. By not giving a proper burial to the dead bodies, he is robbing the Gods of the underworld. Creon shakes off his warnings. Haemon, Creon?s son, pleads for Antigone?s life because he is in love with her. Creon thinks of women in only one way, Never lose your sense of judgment over a woman. The warmth, the rush of pleasure, it all goes cold in your arms, I warn you . . .a

worthless woman in your house, a misery in you bed. Spit her out like a mortal enemy-let the girl go. (93) Antigone, in her tomb, faces her fate with grace. “Very well: if this if the pleasures of the gods, once I suffer I will know that I was wrong.” (106) Haemon discovers Antigone who had strangled herself. He in turn thrusts himself upon his own sword. Creon had realized what the Gods demanded and attempted to dig Antigone out himself but was too late. In Medea, Medea seeks revenge when her husband Jason falls for Creon?s daughter and marries her. Medea devoted herself to Jason and he lusts for another woman. “When you were sent to the fire-breathing bulls, I saved your life; I willingly deceived my father and left my home with you.” (31) Medea feels that she must

exact revenge instead of forgiving and forgetting. “Trials are yet to come for this new-wedded pair;” (28) Creon fears that Medea will harm his daughter so he banishes her. She has all of one day to find a home elsewhere. Medea faces her exile with dignity, “Nothing would induce me to have dealings with your friends, nor to take any gift of yours.” (35) Aegeus, King of Athens, offers her a home in his kingdom for an exchange for a cure for his sterility. Before leaving, Medea poisons a crown and a dress, presented by her two children to the Jason?s new wife. She bursts into flames and dies. For Medeas ultimate revenge, she kills her two children. Adding insult to injury, she does not let him bury the children, “I will convey them to the temple of Hera, I will bury them

with my own hand.” (60) Jocasta, with her ignorance to the prophecies, and her devotion to Oedipus, act as her spotlight as she breaks the mold of typical women. Antigone?s willpower and loyalty to the Gods burial demands and her brother portray her as a strong person. Medea?s drive and determination, although not with good intent, characterizes her as a strong woman. All three have shown their acceptance of their fate at one time. They stand out in a crowd of subservient women.