Antigone: Divine Law vs. Human Law Essay

2103 Words Sep 30th, 1999 9 Pages
The play entitled Antigone was written by a man named Sophocles, a scholarly author of philosophy and logic. The play Antigone is probably one of the most prominent interpretations of a tragic drama. The two main characters of the play are Antigone and Creon. There is much conflict between Antigone and Creon throughout the play, both of them having their own ideas and opinions regarding divine law versus human law. The theme that I am going to analyze is the conflict of divine law vs. human law. The reason for this is because this theme seems to control the whole play. It is an issue of which law is the "right" law, and if Creon's and Antigone's acts were justifiable.<br><br>The play Antigone can be summarized by the following: King Creon …show more content…
Indeed, in her terms these absolutes are, paradoxically, just the things that live always (64).<br><br>To Antigone, divine law is of more importance than human law. She bases herself on following the law that is set by the Gods. Antigone views morals and values very highly. Antigone meant well when she did what she did, but maybe she should have let the Gods vindicate their own laws (Waldock 111).<br><br>By the end of the play Antigone is exonerated for having buried her brother Polyneices and also for going against the law that was set by Creon. Even though she had been excused for her actions, she still lost her own life and the lives of people close to her (Segal "Sophocles" 63). This is one of the reasons why the play Antigone has been referred to as one of the most influential Greek tragedies written. This is truly a tragedy, and this never would've happened if only King Creon hadn't made up the law that nobody could bury Polyneices because he was a traitor. There was much conflict in this play, particularly between Antigone and Creon, over the matter of divine law vs. human law. Sometimes it is not possible or feasible to obey and follow both of these sets of laws, unwritten or not.<br><br>Now, let's view this situation regarding King Creon's side of the conflict. There is not much "right" on the side of Creon throughout the play. Creon seemed to be

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