Antigone Essay

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Being able to be a brave and narrow-minded is not an easy or usual characteristic. But, author Sophocles seems to portray this characteristic flawlessly in the play Antigone. In Antigone, King Creon decides Eteocles should have a proper burial while Polyneices should just be left to rot after these two brothers have a brutal fight and anyone who buries Polyneices should be punished. But, their sister Antigone opposes this and decides to go against Creon’s word and buries Polyneices. When Creon finds out he goes through an internal conflict trying to decide if he should punish his own niece or let the situation goes. The play has many tragedies that happen in a domino effect and change Creon’s view. In the play, Creon and Antigone often have contrasting viewpoints in certain beliefs and situations. With Creon being the Antagonist and Antigone being the protagonist, the two have clashing beliefs in. The main conflicting beliefs are in their views of laws, the burial of Polyneices, and conflicting personalities.
By example, Creon and Antigone have conflicting viewpoints in their beliefs of laws. Antigone believes moral laws developed from gods while Creon believes in moral laws developed from him. Creon says, “It seems that prophets have made me their especial province, all my life long I have been a kind of butt for the dull arrows of doddering fortunetellers! No, Teiresias: If your birds - if the great eagles of God himself should carry him stinking bit by bit to heaven, I would not yield. I am not afraid of pollution: No man can defile the gods" (850). In this quote, Creon is putting his law above the gods’ law. But, Antigone says, “It was not God's proclamation. That final Justice that rules the world below makes no such laws. Your edict, King, was strong, But all your strength is weakness itself against the immortal unrecorded laws of God. They are not merely now; they were, and shall be, Operative forever, beyond man utterly” (827). In this quote, Antigone is challenging Creon’s word saying the laws are only to be by the gods. To wrap it up, Antigone and Creon’s views of laws differed a lot and caused a little bit of tension between the two. Also, The tension created even more strain between the commoners, Antigone and Creon because Antigone and Creon and two well-known forces in Thebes.
Having discussed the opposing views on laws, the attention will be turned to the problem in burying Polyneices. When Creon hears that someone has buried Polyneices he is furious. Creon reacts by saying, “The gods favor this corpse? Why? How had he served them?” (822). Of course when he says this he has no idea...

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