Antigone Essay

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Antigone Was Antigone right to defy Creon? Both Antigone and Creon had to make a choice on whether to follow the law of the state or God’s laws. Following God’s laws is based on a personal opinion made by the believer of making a decision directly to the will of God. Those individuals who stand by that law are basically doing what they deem is right in the eyes of their god(s). The concept of the Greek afterlife was far more important and sacred than living life itself. In the play Antigone by Sophocles, there is a conflict between two of the main characters, Creon and Antigone. Antigone is being held accountable for attempting to bury her brother, Polyneices whom was killed in battle. Antigone’s sister, Ismene, was held at first for being a witness however, she objected to Antigone’s plan of helping her bury their brother. According to the law of state, a law set by Creon, which states that Antigone’s brother is not to have a burial and no one should touch him. Anyone that goes against that rule is to be put to death. Creon does not want Polyneices to receive a burial because he betrayed their native city and should receive a suitable punishment. Even though this was strictly forbidden, Antigone goes against this rule because she believes in doing what is just and remaining loyal to her family. “But I’ll bury him; and if I must die, I say that this crime is holy: I shall lie down With him in death, and I shall be as dear To him as he is to me.” (55-58) Antigone was right in defying the King Creon because she had the right to bury her brother and her brother had the right to receive a respectful burial, which would honor their family. Antigone values love and honor over hate and injustice, hence the reason why she stuck with her plan even though her sister, Ismene was against her due to fear of getting in trouble with the law of the state and

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