Discuss whether Antigone is a psychological or political drama
...Antigon is the main character in the classical play by Sophocles. A woman and a fighter she is a unique heroine of those ancient times. She is a strong personality who is pushing against a huge wall of societal misunderstanding, no wonder she loses in the end.
A political drama can be defined as a play, film, or television programme that has a political component. This can reflect one of two things; the first being the political opinion of the author, and the second being a description of political events. On the other hand, a psychological drama can be defined as a piece of drama, as mentioned in the forms before, that contains elements relating to psychology, and that may have risen from the mind or emotions of the protagonist within the play. As to which category Antigone belongs is still ambiguous...
Aristotle’s System in Contemporary Times
...Politics as any science without a doubt needs a certain way of classification, in order to make it clear and understandable. Aristotle was one of the greatest thinkers of the ancient world and he managed to create a system of political classification that to this day is viewed as the most efficient one. He was not a democrat; he believed that an individual or a small group could rule good government. Aristotle viewed democracy as system of rule by the masses at the expense of wisdom and property. He aimed to answer two questions: who rules? And, who benefits from the rules? In each case, government could be conducted either in the selfish interests of the rulers or for the benefit of the whole community. From his studies into this area, Aristotle classified six forms of political constitution: tyranny, monarchy, oligarchy, aristocracy, democracy and finally, polity. This system of classification was adapted from his teacher, Plato’s Republic, Statesman, and Laws...
Aristotle and Plato: two political thoughts. Discuss similarities and differences between the two.
...Plato was the father of the “Utopian” idea in which several features were essential. He broke down the human soul in three parts; Desire spiritual and rational. Plato addresses the three features as being key to the establishment of the perfect society. If every person counterweights with the whole of society and these features than society can understand each other and progress and work towards the advancement of the society. Aristotle takes the same concept but more clearly defines it and takes it to the next level that goes beyond the perfect state and allows its applications to influence the whole system rather that purely serve as its basis. Aristotle has a perfect society but is not as nearly exaggerated as that of a utopia. Aristotle takes a more lenient attitude in his philosophy in general, in which its application is easier to real life. Aristotle sees only two parts to the human soul; the philosophical/ theoretical and the rational. Superficially one may derive from this that the human soul is far deeper than that of Plato’s partitions. In fact Aristotle regards human individual more than Plato does. Aristotle believes that each and every human has the philosophical/ theoretical dimension to him or her but the distinguishing feature is the ability to be rational. Plato uses the analogy of golden, silver and iron souls to distinguish the differences...
Sophocle’s Antigone and its major topics
...The theme of hubris is monumental in almost all of Greek mythological works and in many ways the excessive pride of certain characters contributes to their own downfall. Pride and its effects are central to the play of Antigone. It is a trait despised by the gods, who bring suffering to the proud, but in the Greek mind, pride is also an inextricable part of greatness. Pride is a multifaceted concept in Greek tragedy. Both Antigone and Creon are extremely proud making it impossible for either to back down as the Chorus points out concerning Antigone:
“Not to give way when everything’s against her” Antigone’s dual sense of pride and stubbornness fuels her personal reactions...
Sparta’s internal conditions as indicator of its foreign strategies
...Sparta was a unique state constructed in a way to provide proper running of all parts of the country correctly. It was created with the help of well organized structure that divided functions of the state into three major parts. Those were: 1. Infrastructure of land plots, perioikoi and helots; 2.Government; 3. Ritual system. There was also an unusual situation with citizenship in Sparta. The non-citizens were under constant assault of the Spartans and served as ritualistic objects suffering from wars and invasions by the Spartans...