Antigone Defense Closing Argument

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Alyssa Smith
Ms.Sladek, Multicultural Literature and Composition
Period 3
February 21, 2013
Antigone Defense Closing Argument

Your honor the prosecution has failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that my client Antigone is guilty in the crimes against the state. Antigone is highly moral, holding divine law and family above anything else. Antigone is the last of her surviving member of a cursed royal line. My client has done nothing worthy of being guilty. She was merely trying to honor her brother Polyneices with respect by giving him the proper burial a royal member deserves. Any other moral man or woman would do the same and give his or her family member a proper burial. Creon made this law to try and forbid any rebellion, but is that fair? Is it fair that Antigone is being punished for such a noble and loving deed? Shouldn’t she be honored for her kind acts? Eteocles and Polyneices fought in an awful battle. Eteocles stayed and fought for the kingdom; while. Polyneices fought against the city. Both men were killed in the battle while Eteocles was given a funeral; Polyneices was left to rot outside the city walls. Eteocles and Polyneices are both brothers of Antigone and as their sister she has the right of way to give both of them a proper burial. Both men are princes and are of equal value. They both should be honored as equal. That’s all Antigone was trying to show by disobeying Creon’s outrageous laws; that both boys are equal, both deserve an equal burial. While Antigone was there for the mourning and the burial of Eteocles, she wasn’t able to be there for Polyneices’ because he wasn’t allowed one. Although, it should have been allowed to have one for Polyneices. Creon is a man full of grudge who believes in having absolute power. When Antigone defies his power he sentences her to life. Creon is so terrified of losing his power that he takes

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