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In the past two weeks we have read many different works of literature each conveying a different theme or message. Michel de Montaigne’s, Of the Power of the Imagination and Sophocles’s Antigone both outline a similar messages, that you can do whatever you believe strongly in. One important message that Montaigne speaks about is the idea that “imagination is power” and if you believe so strongly about something it can happen. A strong element that even Antigone believed in. Antigone is a very determined and head strong character with a belief that to have both brothers honored, and had brought her to her death. Montaigne’s Of the Power of the Imagination and Sophocles’s Antigone relate the same message that when you set your mind to something you can accomplish it. In both works, the belief that you can do whatever you set your mind to is the message being portrayed. Michel de Montaigne the author, Of the Power of the Imagination tells a story of what power imagination holds and how imagination can bring about reality. Montaigne points out situations that imagination can control many different life events like sickness, age, appearance, and gender. Although at the end of his discussion, he says that he did not actually witness the scenarios in his writing, that they all could have possibly happened. For example in Montaigne “Of The Force of Imagination” the king of Italy strongly longed for bull horns and woke up believing that he actually had bull horns. Of course that is obscure because we can not just appear with horns on our head but, he believed that he did. Montaigne said in the writing ” …. I asked you to think whether there is a single one of the parts of our body that does not often refuse to function to our will and exercise it against our will” expressing to us that the mind and the body don’t always listen to each other.On the other hand, Sophocles tells a story of a girl, by the name of Antigone. Antigone is the daughter and the sister of Oedipus. Antigone was brought up with Creon, who was her uncle. Antigone had two brothers, Polyneices and Eteocles that were fighting each other for the power to rule Thebes. Her brothers Polyneices and Eteocles each died in this battle by killing the other. Now that both brothers were dead, the rule of Thebes was given to Crean. “There is no art that teaches us to know/ The temper, mind or spirit of any man/ Until he has been proved by government/ And lawgiving.” (lines 175-78) Creon states this before declare that one brother be honored and the other not. This references his actions that are later to come. King Creon believed that the way he would be doing good by Thebes was by declaring that “Eteocles be honored with a proper burial since he defended Thebes, while Polyneices’ body is left to the vultures and dogs”. When Antigone heard what was declared she is determined to disobey what Creon has announced and do what she believed was right, that both her brothers deserve the same, proper burial. The two compare in the sense that both Montaigne and Sophocles use their characters to portray the idea, when you want something and are determined believe in yourself. We see Antigone being a determined young girl that will do what is right even if she has to go against what King Creon declared. When she was caught for trying to bury Polyneices’ body, she told Creon, ” I will for what is right” . Antigone’s character is strong and determined, but what Antigone’s character is flawed with is that she was so set on seeing it her way she did see where she was going to end. While Montaigne’s used his characters stories such as the King that wanted bull horns, to make us believe that they, by believing would wake up changed . Michel de Montaigne stated that “the narrow seam between the soul and body” (2642) meaning that the mind and the body do not always agree. This was said to describe that we can not grow horns just because we think we can, but can also be used to describe Creon’s actions because all he wanted to do is keep the peace in his kingdom and ended up losing his family and being left alone. Creon knew that what he had was right by his role as a ruler but disappointing at the same time because he now has no one. “He was become a fool by too much wisdom” Montaigne statement referencing the King that wanted a horn also relates to King Creon’s, not so wise move to kill Antigone.Although in both nothing was truly accomplished, Antigone dead and nothing that Montaigne’s characters did not actually get what they wanted it still leaves us with the message that you should work hard and believe that you can fulfill your goals.