Antigone Women and Femininity Quotes
How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Line). We used Francis Storr's translation found on Project Gutenberg.
Not even death can make a foe a friend.
My nature is for mutual love, not hate.
Die then, and love the dead if thou must;
No woman shall be the master while I live. (522-524)
Creon reveals that his reasoning is based on sexism, not on rationality.
What evils are not wrought by Anarchy!
She ruins States, and overthrows the home,
She dissipates and routs the embattled host;
While discipline preserves the ordered ranks.
Therefore we must maintain authority
And yield to title to a woman's will.
Better, if needs be, men should cast us out
Than hear it said, a woman proved his match. (671-680)
Creon attributes anarchy to women and feels strongly that a social structure favoring men must be maintained.
Play not the spaniel, thou a woman's slave.
When thou dost speak, must no man make reply? (754-755)
Creon insults Haemon by suggesting he is subservient to Antigone.