Inner Turmoil: When You Have to Choose In Sophocles’ Antigone, the tragic hero, Antigone, must choose between the laws set by man, and her religious beliefs and family loyalty. When her brother, Polynieces, is killed in battle, King Creon sets forth a law prohibiting the burial of Polynieces. Antigone is very loyal to her family; we see this when he buries Polynieces’ body, even when Creon forbade it.
On many occasions, people are faced with tests where both answers are right, but those people are forced to determine which option provides hem with the best possible solution to their predicament.This often creates inner turmoil within the individual. Antigone proves herself to be a very loyal family member when she states, “That must be your excuse, I suppose. But as for me, I will bury the brother I love” (Pro. 64-65). She cares not of the law set forth by Creon when it conflicts with her beliefs concerning loyalty to loved ones. She chose the law of the gods above all other decrees, disregarding that the cost is her life.Even after the bodys guards brush off he thin layer of dust to negate the effect of the prompt burial given by Antigone, the heroine risks life and limb to see that Polynieces receives a proper burial, and she is arrested in the process.
Her retort to Creon’s accusations was, “l do. I deny nothing. ” Antigone is confident in her choice at this point. She even stands up for Ismene’s fraud confession, and she will “not have [Ismene] help” because Antigone’s loyalty to her family is too great (1.
132).We do not see Antigone’s inner turmoil until Scene 4 when she is being led to the vault where she is to die. She is speaking to Choragos and the Chorus and begs for pity. She feels as if “sleepy Death summons [her] down to Acheron, that cold shore: There is no bridesong there, nor any music” (4. 5-10). Antigone feels as if there is no hope left and begins to regret her decision because she will never be able to, for example, get married. The ultimate, and most catastrophic, example of uncertainty in Antigone is proved when Creon enters the tomb of the heroine, only to find that Antigone had hung herself.
We hear this from the Messenger. According to this essenger, they had found “her lying: She had a noose of her fine linen veil and hanged herself” (Exo. 58-59). She clearly doubted the gods’ rule for she killed herself.
She was no longer self-assured with her choice and chose to take the easy way out. Many are faced with decisions that conflict certain beliefs. The inner turmoil can tear a person’s confidence to shreds, pushing them to the extreme. In some situations, you may not be in danger.For example, if someone was to write a persuasive essay on their views concerning abortion, and they are neither for nor gainst abortion, yet they care about the outcome, this person may be stuck at where the paper should begin.
They may see abortion as murder, but when further pondered, they fret about the living conditions that said child would be born into. If the mother wanted abortion, she most likely doesn’t care about her child. The writer of the essay may be strongly against both murder and child neglect. Their conflicting feelings inhibit their ability to write the essay. uncertainty and doubt.These feelings make humans question their beliefs and values.
It is often impossible to distinguish between right and wrong; that always depends on a person’s point of view. When someone is faced with a problem that seems easier said than done, one must evaluate and solve. But when that problem creates an inner turmoil within the solver of said problem, the advice that must be given is this: think carefully and select the solution that causes the least damage, not only to others, but in addition to the person’s spiritual and emotional health. Most any “difficult” or “unfeasible” problem has an answer.