Essay about Antigone : Loyalty And Power

1325 Words Jan 30th, 2016 6 Pages
Two major themes that run throughout Sophocles’ play Antigone are loyalty and power. Loyalty and power are what drive the play forward; this theme affects not only Antigone, but Creon as well. Both Antigone and Creon are affected by this conflict, but in different ways. Antigone is first introduced to us as a young and loyal girl to bother her brother and the gods, that only wants to make sure both her brothers have a proper burial; according to the laws placed by the gods if someone does not receive a burial there will be no way for family members to reconnect with them in their life after death. Creon, who is the king and Antigone’s uncle, sets a law in place that no one is to bury or even mourn the death of Polynices. Creon is refusing Polynices a proper burial since Polynices attacked his own city in our to take the thrown from his brother Eteocles. The brothers fighting for the power of the city of Thebes is what sets the play into motion. The law political law Creon set in place goes directly against the law of the gods. It is Creon’s pride and power and the loyalty of his son Haemon to Antigone that causes Creon grief. Antigone goes against Creon’s law, which ultimately leads to the tragic ending. As the play progresses we see how both Antigone and Creon’s decisions have devastating consequences. The theme of loyalty in Antigone causes an issue not only for Antigone, but a conflict between Antigone and her sister. It is Antigone’s loyalty to her brother and the…

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