Antigone Role in Thebes Essay

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Loyalty: The Ultimate Flaw In the Greek play Antigone, readers debate whether Antigone expresses hubris or heroic loyalty. Sophocles appoints Antigone- a female figure to carry out stereotypical male roles, expected to be incapable of women in Thebes. In no special sequence, Antigone’s loyalty in the act to bury her brother Polyneices, acknowledgment to the gods, civil disobedience in acting against the king’s laws, and her everlasting issue with feminism in her Patriarchal Society, encourages her to battle every circumstance that comes her way. As Antigone conquers each of these rival forces, she demonstrates loyal behavior to the gods while she becomes her deceased brother’s personal hero. In Antigone’s defense, loyalty cannot be granted overnight, but overtime or even in a full life’s span. For instance, Antigone suggests “Well when my strength is gone, then I’ll give up” (line 112). Antigone’s love, commitment, and devotion towards Polyneices continually motivates her to ensure that her brother receives his proper burial, even when she is denied assistance from her own sister Ismene to accompany her in her deeds. Moreover, through determination and direction from spirits higher than the sky, Antigone voices her opposing feelings against Creon’s invulnerable laws. For the Thebans, the newly enforced laws of Creon were expected to be abided by. Spiritually and intelligently speaking, Antigone re-evaluates Creon as she object’s to obey the ungodly and low-living laws. As an illustration, she addresses Creon by saying: “I did not think/anything which you proclaimed strong enough/to let a mortal override the gods/and their unwritten and unchanging laws” (lines 510-513). In regards to this evidence, Antigone suggests that the ignorant laws of Creon will never be as powerful as the precious promises of the heavenly gods. She continues to similarly say; the
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