Assignment # 2: Antigone
Laws of the Land
In Ancient Greece many believed the ‘King’ has the power to rule over matters concerning the laws of the land as well as the religious laws and beliefs of his people. In the play “Antigone,” written by Sophocles the writer describes his main character Antgione as a passionate, strong willed, determined young woman who put her religious beliefs above the laws and beliefs of King Creon, the king of Thebes, therefore she has been condemned for disobeying his decree. Creon was perfectly justified in issuing the law which deprived Polyneices of his funeral rites. The young man had fallen in the act of committing the most violent crime; he had become a traitor, and was involved in battle against his brother and the state of Thebes who also die while in battle. As the head of the state, the king declared, punishment which was rightfully due .The decree issued by King Creon became a law, and as the law it was on every citizen to obey.
The play begins with Antigone conversing with her sister, Ismene. She proposed to Ismene that they disobey the decree of Creon and bury the body of Polyneices. Antigone believed that her brother Polyneices also deserved to be buried and that his body should not be left in the fields for the birds to feast on. Her sister Ismene is afraid to join her and tries to discourage her, reminding her as she states, “we are only women, we cannot fight with men” and we cannot fight against the laws of the state ( 869 ).Antigone scorns her advice, and made her first attempt to bury the body of her brother Polyneices knowing that if she was caught, she will be put to death. While repeating the burial rights of Polyneices, Antigone is arrested and led to a courtyard where she met with King Creon....