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HUMA 1825
Neil Braganza

HUMA 1825 Test Prep Note Antigone What is Creon’s concept of law and justice? What is Antigone’s concept of law and justice? Put another way, what is each character’s position on law and morality? - Creon’s justice is that heroes are honoured and treated as such, whereas traitors should be left on the roadside for the consumption of animals. - Antigone believes that everyone is equal after death, despite his or her actions and beliefs in life. - Creon’s concept of law is that he as a ruler can create laws that will represent the greater good of his city. - Antigone only focuses on natural law and would rather “Serves the law of the Gods than the law of man” What are Creon’s principles? Do those principles change in the course of the play? How does Creon change in the course of the play? - Originally, Creon sees himself as this great, almighty and powerful ruler who has the ability to make any laws that he seems fit for the city, regardless of their consequences. Therefore, if anyone were to disobey these laws he wouldn’t think twice before punishing them. - When he is foretold that his actions are rash and will end bad by the soothsayer, he quickly changes his methodology and believes that he shouldn’t be so rash (makes a complete 180o turn) - He starts out from this hard, merciless ruler who turns into a panicking coward (he changes out of fear that his family is going to fall apart) Compare the theme of the choral odes. How does the perspective of the chorus change? - In the beginning the Chorus is in complete support of Creon and the creation of his new law and consider Antigone to be a reckless, self-centered brat - During the middle of the play, however, the Chorus starts to change its perspective on Antigone’s actions and now sees what she’s done as a honourable decision. - Near the end the Chorus attempts to dissuade Creon from making the mistake of killing Antigone. How important is gender in this tragedy? Which characters treat it as an important consideration? - Antigone is definitely one of the characters that bring gender into consideration. Her original premise for disobeying Creon and burying her brother is that as a woman, one of her sacred duties is to bury the dead, and perform burial rituals for the men in her family. - Creon also focuses a great amount of interest in being a “man”, and in such not being able to step down to the ideology of a woman. He also sees women as replaceable objects, and thus disregards what they have to say. Is Antigone a moral exemplar? What, if any, are her shortcomings? - Antigone definitely works well as a moral exemplar because she demonstrates that for the sake of justice, she is willing to die. I feel that this makes her an exemplar because unlike Creon she demonstrates that she will not be willing to change her ideology no matter how grim the outcome or punishment will be. One shortcoming I see though is that her reasoning is that of a brat; in the sense that she doesn’t listen to reason and sticks through to the end with her own ideology, regardless of what her uncle or sister have to say to her. Melfi v. Mount Sinai Hospital What are the facts of this case? - Leonard Melfi was a playwright who died of a heart attack in a hospital. - The operating surgeon had provided his name, but decided to omit any other information including his address, SIN, and contact information - His body remained in the hospital’s morgue for 30 days, at which point it was transferred to another morgue. He was then experimented on and buried in a mass grave. - Four months after his death, his family received information of his death. - The plaintiff filed a claim that “no notifications were made regarding Mr. Melfi’s death and his body was illegally embalmment [sic] without permission of the next of kin - In October 2002 the plaintiff commenced this action against the city defendants and Mount Sinai Hospital What was the decision made in lower court? - His claim was too late because it was more than 90 days over, and since it wasn’t the Mount Sinai hospital that experimented on his brother, his claim fell through. What issues should be discussed in appeal court? - What constitutes the correct amount of time for the plaintiff to realize that they have been emotionally anguished - Freedom from mental disturbances? - How would you recompense for emotional harm? Aristotle What is the difference between justice and injustice? - The characteristic on the basis of which people are disposed to do just things on the basis of which they act justly and wish for just things - Injustice is people are unjust and wish for unjust things - Justice is a desire for everyone to be virtuous What is the d
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