Antigone, By Sophocles, Free Will And Morals Essay

1160 Words Apr 16th, 2015 5 Pages
“When we know that those in power are morally wrong, do we break their laws, or do we collaborate with them by obeying?” (690). In Antigone, by Sophocles, free will and morals go against the established law and authority. Sophocles tells of the struggles of Antigone with the King of Thebes, Creon. Creon places a law that goes against the divine law of the gods, and Antigone obeys the divine law instead of listening to Creon and suffers unfair consequences because of his hubris. Creon’s arrogance causes most of his family’s deaths because they all feel betrayed. All of this makes the people of Thebes lose their trust in their leader, as the royal family falls apart. Creon’s hubris, arrogance and short temper, make him seem like a tyrant more than a king, resulting in the destruction of Thebes. Antigone is the one who is most affected by Creon’s hubris. Antigone defies the new law Creon placed, that forbids the burial and mourning of Polyneices, by covering him and following the gods’ proclamation. Antigone tells her sister, Ismene, to prove herself and help to bury their brother but she does not want to disobey Creon. “‘But think of the danger! Think what Creon will do!’” (Sophocles 694). Ismene advises Antigone to obey the decree but Antigone is not changing her decision. “‘Creon is not strong enough to stand in my way’” (Sophocles 694). Antigone believes that as long as she is pursuing the gods’ will, nothing can stop her from doing the right thing. When Creon finds out…

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