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Antigone - Prompt 3 CREON Die then and love the dead if thou must No woman shall be the master while I live 184 This quotation portrays a powerful and important theme about gender and the role that a woman plays in Greek society Antigones gender has an incredible effect on the others around her for her actions dont constitute those of an average woman in Greek society An average Greek woman is characterized as subservient and passive but Antigone possesses independent strong-willed characteristics that make her intimidating to the men around her Creon says himself that the need to defeat and control her is greater because she is a woman Antigone rebels against social structure because she is caught between serving two different men The first is her deceased brother while the second is her hostile ruler However Creon is more than just her king he is also her future father-in-law as well as her guardian since the exile of Oediupus Her feminine obligations are to men but she is torn between the two opposing forces in her life In a sense though Antigone is indeed following the gender role of a woman because she is serving a man her brother Polyneices Antigones individualistic social rebellion is exceptionally intimidating to Creon because it upsets gender roles in hierarchy This propagating insurgence disrupts social order and his authoritative power causing the unsteady Labdacids to return to a previous state of chaos that it experienced during the war By refusing to be acquiescent she upsets the principle rules of her antediluvian culture This overturning of the fundamental order of Greek culture can be seen when Creon rambles to the chorus about the decision of whether or not to kill Antigone Now if she thus can flout authority unpunished I am woman she the man 174 In this quote Creon implores that he cannot back down from his ruling because the triumph of a woman
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