Arrogance of Men

In both Antigone and Intro to Psycho-Analysis, Socrates and Sigmund Freud strongly exhibit the theme of inferiority of women in their texts.  Sophocles describes, through the play Antigone, how women are viewed and treated in Greek society.  Freud alternatively explains how the female psyche is molded around the idea that women recognize men as superior and desire masculine qualities, both mentally and physically.  This gallery strives to connect Socrates’s description of Greek culture directed toward women and Freud’s theories sketching out the psyche of all women.

“We are women and we do not fight men, we’re subject to them because they’re stronger.” The Fortune-Telling expresses the passive acceptance of unfairness against women in Greek society. The woman to the left is turning her head away from the crimes being committed behind her. Both women’s lack of action shows how they submit to their lot as an inferior being, such as Ismene does.
Freud says,"[women] feel greatly at a disadvantage owing to their lack of a big, visible penis” (Freud 394). Sisyphus exposes the emptiness and inferiority Freud believes all women subtly possess.
Once again, Freud demeans women by saying, “the wish to be a man is found so frequently, consciously or unconsciously, in women. (Freud 126)” Munch's Jealousy shows the pure envy the green faced man is directing at the women in white and her partner. The same feeling of envy "consciously or unconsciously” (Freud 126) that the green faced man has exists in all females says Freud.
When Creon chooses to imprison Antigone, he enlightens us further as to how Greek culture viewed women. When he pronounces, "As long as I live I will not be ruled by a women! (Sophocles 24)" he chooses the misery, death and destruction that occur due to his action, all of which could have been avoided by just listening to a woman.
Freud when viewing The Birth of Venus, would see a woman who is who is repressing a feeling of inadequacy, inferiority and jealousy. A Greek man, according to Sophocles, would see a tool to do his bidding. Neither see the stark independence, subtle fortitude or the undying love (such as Antigone for her brother) that a women such as Venus possess. In the arrogance present only in men viewing women, Freud and Greek men would miss all of the other qualities of women and observe only the of inferiority of those who, “will never aim to high, too far” (Sophocles 3).
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