Question Details

(solution) To whoever this may concern, Hi! I hope this message finds you

To whoever this may concern,

Hi! I hope this message finds you well. My name is Larry and I'm an international college student in the US. I'm requesting this service because I need help with a college paper. I was assigned to write an essay on Antigone and Tamar (from the Bible). The essay prompt basically asks me to describe whether these characters are believable or not and make some comparisons between the two of them.

What Am I looking for?

I need help with revision/proofreading because I'm not an English-native speaker and this assignment is worth 20% of my final grade (20%). The deadline is this Thursday, but it would be great if I could receive a revised form with anticipation so I can process you feedback and make the adjustments. 

I highly appreciate your time in revising my paper. Hope all is well with you.





Feminine Power: The Struggles for Social Recognition


Are women more likely than men to challenge the status quo because they want to


escalate their social ladder or because they are predisposed to be less moral?


Disobedience is an important trait for some characters in ancient society. Two characters


who demonstrate disobedience are Antigone and Tamar. The theme of disobedience is


expressed through the direct interactions that both female characters present with their


male antagonists: Creon and Judah. Antigone defies the laws of Creon in order to give her


dead brother an appropriate burial rite and comply with her moral values. Tamar, on the


other hand, challenges the social system to deceive Judah in order to have a child outside


of marriage. Their courage, power, and the pursuit of rightness have a crucial impact on


the roles of women that underline social inequality in ancient times.


Sophocles? Antigone is a tragic play that depicts femininity. In Greek traditions,


women were often seen as second-class citizens. They were expected to engage in burial


rites because men would refuse to have physical contact with the dead bodies. They


believed that these polluted corpses could make them sick, which can then lead them to


death (Levene, Lecture 8). These actions dehumanized women because they were forced


to do the ?dirty job? that did not correspond to their moral values. Similarly, women were


required to obey the laws established by men. In the text, Creon, the king of Thebes,


emphasizes ?no woman rules me while I live? (40). Athenians believed that women were


not allowed to have a public role, but a private one. Their private role was expected to be


in support of their oikos [households] to protect their family lineage. Antigone is expected


to obey these laws, which in fact she acknowledges when she feels ?forced and shall obey


the men in power? (24). Once she sees herself threatened by Creon?s commands


regarding the prohibition of her brother?s burial, she faces a moral dilemma: challenging 2


the rules of the city to agree with the law of the gods [divine law] or oppressing her moral


values to agree with the laws of society [human law].


However, Antigone?s affection for her brother predicts her rebellion against the


human law. In Sophocles? opening lines, Antigone agonizes her brother?s death that she


says, ?loving, I shall lie with him, yes, with my love one? (24). She believes Creon?s law


of not burying her brother?s corpse is wrong because it can lead to pollution. Greek


traditions suggest that it was important to bury a dead body because it can rest in peace in


a tomb without polluting the environment. Her actions make her seen as an unbelievable


character not only because of her capability to break the law in order to impose her own


law [divine law], but also because of her unconditional love for his brother that seems


like a mother-to-child or a husband-to-wife kind of love. This high intensity of


Antigone?s appreciation for her brother is so bizarre because one would expect her to


convey her affections to Haemon, her fiancé. But nonetheless, she never gets with him on


stage nor does she mention him throughout the play (Levene, Lecture 8) and the reader is


only able to know about their relationship when Ismene, Antigone?s sister, mentions it


toward the end of the story. In addition, one would expect, by Greek traditions, that she


would marry a man to produce offspring and support her oikos. An explanation about


Antigone?s indifference about marrying a man and reproducing descendants is implied


when she says, ?I can have another husband/child if I lost? (40). Antigone is reassured


that she can have as many husbands and children as she wishes. However, she?s limited to


having another brother because both of her parents are dead. Hence, Antigone prioritizes


the importance of her ?own flesh and blood? (23), which characterize her devotion to the


law of gods. 3


In ancient times, women were also deprived of their private roles. This idea is


illustrated in the story of Judah and Tamar in Genesis, chapter 38. Tamar becomes an


unmarried widow for two consecutive times after God ordered to end the lives of her expartners for disobeying His policy. However, she finds hope in Shela, Judah?s only son, to


adhere to the law of levirate when he grows up. When the time has come, Tamar sees the


need to engage in a marriage with Shela, but Judah refuses to provide her a child through


his son when he assures that, ?he may die too, just like his brothers? (Gen 38:11). After


waiting for a long time under the scorn of society, Tamar sees herself in a dilemma:


seeking a man to have a child with or living under the mockery of society the rest of her


life. Prudently, she decides to make a plan against Judah, who was her only and close


option, by disguising into a prostitute in order to conceive a child from him. Obviously,


what Tamar does is totally immoral in ancient society. Forcing herself to sleep with a man


just for the sake of bearing a child is an action that makes her an unbelievable character.


One could infer that she does this to humiliate Judah for not complying with his promise,


and eventually, influence him to stay with her even though he has no interest in her.


Though it was essential for a woman to have a child during this time to protect their


lineage, one would expect her to have a formal marriage first and then conceive a child


under traditional norms.


The characters of Antigone and Tamar differ on how they response to their


dilemmas. In Sophocles? Antigone, the idea of men showing inferiority to women was


dishonorable. This is clearly demonstrated by the character of Creon when he comments,


?never let some woman beat us down? (40). In other words, men who are defeated by


women would validate their inferiority to them, which would contrast with the Athenian


idea of female inferiority to men. Antigone resolves her dilemma by not conforming to 4


the traditional female roles to follow their instinct not matter what the human laws state.


On the other hand, in Genesis, Tamar?s situation is actually the opposite. She is able to


resolve her conflict by conforming to the traditional female roles to comply with what


society has taught her is right not matter what her instinct wants. When Judah learns


about her pregnancy, he feels undignified and says. Judah?s defeat is notorious that he


feels minimize by a woman who tricked him to have a child that he did not expect.


Though Antigone might see her action as immoral because it attempts against the law of


the gods, Tamar was able to accomplish her goal when Judah confesses, ?she has been


more righteous than I? (Genesis 38:26) and forgive her from being burned. In ancient


societies, prostitution was not an action that a woman should be involved in. However, it


was very typical for women to appeal to the public in order to gain attention since their


social statuses were similar to that of slaves: their voices would not be heard nor would


they influence political decisions (Levene, Lecture 8).


Antigone and Tamar also show their power over men. In Genesis 38, Tamar is


irritated at Judah because of his double moral about accusing her of an offense that he


originally committed. She notices Shela was already a grown up, but ?she had not been


given to him as his wife? (Gen 38: 14). She defends herself with ingenuity and


perseverance to deceive Judah and make him pay for not complying with his promise of


providing his son for her to have a child. Tamar represents the strength of the weak and


the power of the powerless. She had the choice to follow her marriage traditions, but she


desists. Her desire to have a child was so intense that she defies moral society. This


underlines the importance of motherhood as one of the few sources for women to


participate in ancient societies. For Antigone, who opts to follow the divine laws, not


burying her brother?s corpse would represent a dishonor to the gods that she demands the 5


burial of her beloved one to prevent its corpse to be polluted on earth and allow him to


rest in peace. She stands up with bravery and defies the city?s rules when she says, ?it is


no shame to serve blood relatives? (39). As a result, she is punished. Unlike Tamar, she


agonizes when she says, ?in suffering I?ll see my error clear? (55) and resolve this


problem by ending her life ?hanging by the neck? (65). Both texts depict a danger to the


male-dominated society, which is developed through the disobedience that Antigone and


Tamar possess against human and divine laws.


Antigone and Tamar, as female characters that strived to defeat the status quo,


have an essentially important impact on social inequality. The actions of Antigone about


defying the city?s law that prohibits her brother?s burial shows the courage, integrity, and


power of a non-conforming woman. Likewise, Tamar?s decision to force herself to have a


child outside of marriage by deceiving a man demonstrates a woman capable of


performing untraditional activities to satisfy her own needs. The presentation of Antigone


and Tamar as powerful and righteous women contrast the ancient ideas about women


non-existence in politics and their roles as inferior to men.


Solution details:

Pay using PayPal (No PayPal account Required) or your credit card . All your purchases are securely protected by .

About this Question






Sep 13, 2020





We have top-notch tutors who can do your essay/homework for you at a reasonable cost and then you can simply use that essay as a template to build your own arguments.

You can also use these solutions:

  • As a reference for in-depth understanding of the subject.
  • As a source of ideas / reasoning for your own research (if properly referenced)
  • For editing and paraphrasing (check your institution's definition of plagiarism and recommended paraphrase).
This we believe is a better way of understanding a problem and makes use of the efficiency of time of the student.


Order New Solution. Quick Turnaround

Click on the button below in order to Order for a New, Original and High-Quality Essay Solutions. New orders are original solutions and precise to your writing instruction requirements. Place a New Order using the button below.


Order Now