Antigone, By Sophocles ' Antigone Essay

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In Sophocles’ Antigone, we are introduced to a plethora of different viewpoints regarding character and judgment. The main conflict that is brought to light in the play centers around the treatment of Polyneices’ body after he perishes. The individuals who take up this conflict, Antigone and Creon, are locked into a debate that discusses the concept of justice. Antigone uses familial ties and divine reasoning in her case, while Creon argues that protecting Thebes takes precedence over the family and that those who live against the city lack any sort of rights. Both perspectives have strong attributes as well as their own faults. While I lean more towards Antigone’s case, both arguments can be explored and analyzed independently from one another.
We learn in the introduction to Antigone that Thebes has survived the brink of destruction and has overcome the military might of Argos. Additionally, we also learn that the man who rose up against Thebes, Oedipus’ son Polyneices, has been killed. As Pangle and Ahrensdorf state, “the Thebans have just vanquished the Argive army that attempted to destroy Thebe, and have slain the Theban traitor Polyneices who led an army against his city” (140). These events now allow Antigone and Creon to debate their own ideas of justice and whether their personal beliefs are deemed “true”. As a consequence of betraying Thebes, Creon decrees that Polyneices’ body shall not be prepared for a divine burial. As Antigone explains, “They declare that…it…

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