Most emotions within the human mind need a spark to be ignited, to be felt and astonished, and the root of these emotions are sensitive to the touch. This could be a certain smell that sends one back years, or a taste to remind them of their bygone days, but it is well known that to be scratched, one must have an itch. Therefore, similar to economics, emotions are primary, secondary, and sometimes tertiary. The dramatic play ‘Antigone’ by Sophocles, the Greek writer, greatly identifies the presence of anger and desire through the characters of Creon and Antigone. Anger and desire are both emotions that must be experienced, then remembered to be felt, igniting the remembrance of the particular moment in time. Here, it is suggested that anger is rooted down by the emotion of desire, without desire, there is no need for anger, there is no need for indulgence in the desired, therefore, there is no need in exasperation in the un-obtained, as shown in ‘Antigone’.
Returning to the study of economics, it is known that resources, in this case, sources of satisfaction, are limited, but the appetite of our wants, however, is not. The thin line in-between of anger and desire is a mighty sound line, yet it can be flexible in certain specific scenarios, as each is interconnected to the other, yet different in diminutive ways.
Desire is a sense of jones within the mind, when the soul has a hungry requirement for a specific item, as Creon desires power. Desire is sometimes thought to be uncontrollable, but for there’s a will, there’s a way. A cure for desire can sometimes be in the simplest of doses, simple reasoning. A desire is normally a lack of arbitration in the mind, and the hunger will not be satisfied until fed. Reasoning can be a mediator for desire. Reasoning does not always indicate assistance to reason from someone else. A personal asset can be self-reasoning, and it can be achieved with practice to see the pros-and-cons of situations, to be able to reason with yourself, and overpower the desire. During Socophles, King Creon’s urge for power is expressed directly through his words, “That these two sisters were aiming at my throne”. He accused Antigone and Ismene of trying to overpower him, as their actions presented no such claim. Creon’s overwhelming desire for power lead him to believe that all circumstances circling him were all a plan to gain his power. Furthermore, an example of peer-reasoning in our society would be critics. Critics take great pride in being able to pinpoint specific wrongdoings of others, whether it be cuisine criticizing, motion picture criticizing, or simply product or manufacture criticizing. These points of views assist us in producing the optimal decision.
Reasoning can also act as a coolant of sorts for anger. The paradox of anger to desire is, that anger is built up over a period of time, depending on the person’s fuse length and the situation, whereas desire is most commonly a sudden realization of a necessity. Anger can be a result of many different situations, but one that is connected with desire is anger from the lack of the satisfaction of desire. When there is a strong desire for something, understandably, anger will arise if it is not received. In ‘Antigone’, the character Antigone experiences a sudden realization of anger in a dialogue with Creon, after she is accused and charged with the attempted burial of her brother Polyneices. She notes, “I should have praise and honor for what I have done,” and “…Ah the good fortune of kings, licensed to do and say whatever they please.” Antigone’s frustration is justified by her will to defend her brother in death, a sudden realization of Creon’s true betrayal of his family. Antigone uses her words to attempt to ignite Creon, as if she wants him to feel as betrayed as she does. Antigone’s anger can sometimes act maliciously contagious, as her anger immediately influences Creon, and he experiences a sudden emotion of her betrayal-attitude . “Find it in hell,” are his words to Antigone, as her sister is brought in. Another prime example is in an infant, where a pure elemental state of human nature is displayed. If the child does not receive as it requests, anger bursts. Here it proves, a slow ascending curvature of desire arises, and a sudden realization of not receiving the wanted, anger. This shows the relationship between the two solutes that are anger and desire.
As mentioned, there are distinctive differences and similarities between the emotions that are desire and anger, and this can cause confusion within the human mind. Although many of the characteristics they share are emotionally hereditary, many are reliant on the person who is experiencing these phenomena. A persons’ attitude greatly affects the symptoms and motifs of the emotion, and can be dramatically significant on the outcome. Creon and Antigone each handled their experience of the emotion differently, resulting in different consequences for each of them, seeing as Antigone ends up as a suicidal character, and Creon losing everything he has, both a prime nominate for the story’s tragic hero part. Depending on how the emotion is handled, outbursts and unnecessary aggravation can be avoided, and the line between anger and desire can sometimes become completely irrelevant.