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Aristotle and Nicomachean Ethics

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Let us consider the position in which Antigone and Ismene found themselves in the tragedy of Antigone. Neither decided how to act simply based on internal impulse, both found reasons from peripheral sources to defend their decisions. In the quote, "it was not Zeus that made that proclamation; nor did Justice", demonstrates that Antigone based her decision on what she interprets to be heavenly rule (Antigone 450-451)...
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On the contrary, when Ismene states "we are only women, not meant in nature to fight against men", she clearly delegated that her decision was based on earthly laws that will affect her livelihood now (Antigone 61-62). Although one sister's decision was motivated by what she believed would happen to her in the after life and the other worried about the consequences she would encounter in her existing life; it is clear that both rationalized their decisions by what they believed to be right...
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