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How does the psychological concept of self-determination help us understand the characterisation of Nora and Antigone in their respective plays Antigone and Nora in their respective plays Antigone and A Dolls House both appear to make great sacrifices in order to escape oppression It is difficult to understand their behaviour without some understanding of the psychological concept of self-determination To be independent and live fully as an adult one must be free to make ones own decisions this is the meaning of maturity Both these female protagonists are searching for self-determination Therefore the application of the notion of self-determination is crucial to interpreting their actions which may otherwise seem bizarre and reckless Antigone is prepared to die for her belief that her brother deserves a proper burial Ordinarily this would seem bizarre to want to end ones life for the sake of a religious ritual on a siblings corpse In fact it is rational Antigone desires independence and freedom from external control She having always had someone directing and controlling her movements has not enjoyed these privileges thus far Little Antigone gets a notion in her head - the nasty brat the wilful wicked girl and they put her in a corner all day Til this point Antigone has been a child and has been treated as such Antigone now wishes to progress into maturity but Creon still makes efforts to control her actions CREON Now listen to me You will go straight to your room When you get there you will go to bed She achieves independence because she does what she believes to be right regardless of the consequences When Creon is unable to control Antigone through sheer willpower he tries to exert his power through manipulation of his knowledge of all the facts surrounding Polynices death By appealing to his own superior knowledge he hopes to coerce Antigone into abandoning her course of action CREON do you
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