Antigone/Julius Caesar ELA Project TV talk show - Casual couch scene or something David Cheung - Antigone SANJAY - Ceaser Eric Phammy - Interviewer Connecting Themes: ● ● ● Not listening to warnings leads to destruction Power can mentally corrupt your mind and cause one to display hubris People hold the most power, Kings and rulers won't have as much power Antigone: In the story, Antigone, king Creon is seen as a stubborn, hard-headed, arrogant king. He believes as king, he holds all power and say to any matter that occurs in the land. This role as king clouds his vision and causes him to become ignorant to other people’s thoughts and opinions. By being king, Creon believes he is always right and even puts himself over the gods at one point. The power caused him to lose sight of loved ones and the power in numbers and eventually led to his downfall. The power that Creon had as King of Thebes made him think that he had the final say in everything and thought that the law was the law and essentially became a dictator not only to the city of thebes but also to his kin. His stubborn pride led to the death of Antigone which released a chain of events that killed his wife and son which was his downfall. Caesar: In Julius Caesar, Caesar has grown greatly in power since the fall of Pompey and it clearly has gotten to his head. He overestimates his prowess and even comments that he is more dangerous that danger itself. However, in the end his power ultimately led to his fall just like how Creon’s power got into his head and led to the fall of those he loved the most. Julius becomes pompous and arrogant and ignores all others including the soothsayer, his wife and his friends because his mind was intoxicated by the fame and the power he enjoyed as a king which was clearly demonstrated when he struggled to put even a fake crown down. His downfall is clearly the point when his hubris grew so much that his closest allies decided to betray him. MOTIFS: ● ● ● ● Loyalty to family Omen/Fate Betrayal Miscommunication Antigone: Near the end of Antigone, king Creon speaks with Teiresias and Teiresias states that the animal sacrifice to the gods leaked disgusting grease instead of the usual strong flame that usually forms during a normal offering. This occurs after Creon has Antigone locked away and is a bad omen that symbolizes the consequences of having too much hubris. The omen symbolizes how badly the hubris of the character has grown and allows the reader to grasp and understand that the character is deliberately choosing to ignore it. Overall, it symbolizes the warnings the character has had. Creon had omens that would have warned him not to continue his path of persecuting Antigone, although he did realize his mistake, it was too late. Caesar: Caesar receives multiple omens that tell him to “beware the ides of March”. First the soothsayer explicitly tells him and afterwards when it is actually march 15th, Caesar's Wife Calpurnia also tells him that she had a dream about people dancing in Caesar' blood. It represents the dangers of having too much Hubris and how fate will deal out it’s punishment. Caesar's Hubris has bloated to the point where he ignores multiple instances of hubris. It is almost identical to antigone in that it represents and highlights how bad the character’s hubris is. ARCHETYPES● Backstabber/Betrayer ● Wise future teller ● Initiation ● Tragedy Antigone: The Backstabbing character is an Example of a character archetype in the play. Haemon plays the character when he turns against creon’s words and pulls out his sword and attacks him. It also lead to Haemon's death in the end as well. The backstabber in this play is one of the beginning events in the downfall of Creon and it’s main purpose is to signify the point of where the character’s hubris has persisted for too long. Caesar: There’s also a backstabbing archetype in Caesar. It’s a significant plot of the play since betrayal is the cause of the main conflict. The main betrayer is Brutus who stabbed Caesar along with the other members. Betrayal is something that shows up in both Caesar and Antigone. The betrayal in Caesar is much more pronounced and is the climax of the story. The backstabbing in Caesar represents the fall of Caesar due to the intoxication of power and his lust for fame. His friends betrayed him because his hubris was that bad. It is similar to Antigone in that they signify the consequences of hubris.